2. The DV-490V-S plays DVD/DVD-R/DVD-RW (Video Format)/DVD+RW, CD/CD-R/RW, SVCD/VCD, JPEG/WMA/MP3, MPEG-4, and DivX.
3. Also offerred is Simultaneous JPEG/MP3 Playback Slideshow function.
4. The DV-490V-S has Progressive Scan w/2:3 pulldown and 12-bit/108MHz video D/A converter.
5. Video outputs include: HDMI, Component Video, Composite Video, and S-Video.
6. Video adjustments include: Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Hue, and Chroma Level. There are also Color Saturation settings for the HDMI output.
7. Also featured is a Digital Coaxial Audio output with DTS/Dolby Digital pass through, as well as standard analog stereo outputs.
8. On-board Virtual Surround Processing for those that do not have a home theater system.
9. Infrared Wireless Remote Control is included.
10 An Easy-to-Read User Manual is provided.
Overview of the HDMI Output
HDMI stands for High Definition Multi-media Interface. To transfer the digital video signal from a standard DVD player to a TV, the DVD player must convert the signal from digital to analog, this results in some information loss. Get a closer look at an HDMI connector.
Overview of Video Upscaling
You can enable the DV-490V-S to either feed the digital video signal as either 720p or 1080i (in addition to 480p) to your television. 720p and 1080i are the two main standards for HDTV display resolution.
720p is essentially 1,280 pixels displayed across the screen horizontally and 720 pixels down the screen vertically. This arrangement yields 720 horizontal lines on the screen, which are, in turn, displayed progressively, or each line displayed following another.
1080i represents 1,920 pixels displayed across a screen horizontally and 1,080 pixels down a screen vertically. This arrangement yields 1,080 horizontal lines, which are, in turn, displayed alternately. In other words, all the odd lines are displayed, followed by all the even lines.
The Practical Side Of Video Upscaling
The upscaling function works best on fixed pixel displays, such as LCD or Plasma sets, the upscaling may result in harsh images on standard CRT and Projection sets. In addition, if your television has a native display resolution other than 720p or 1080i, the TV's video processor will rescale the incoming signal to its own specification, which can also yield different results on the final, displayed television image.
Testing Set-Up - Hardware
Additional components used in the review of the DV-490V-S DVD player included a Yamaha HTR-5490 6.1 Channel AV receiver, Outlaw Audio Model 950 Preamp/Surround Processor paired with a Butler Audio 5150 5-channel power amplifier.
Both comparison LCD TVs are HD-compatible with native 720p capability. The Samsung has an HDMI input; the Syntax has a DVI-HDCP input. The Syntax was connected with the DV-490V-S via an HDMI-to-DVI Connection adapter. Both units have progressive scan HD-Component inputs. The Optoma H56 projector has a native resolution of 1024x768.
Comparison DVD players (with 720p/1080i upscaling capability) included , Samsung DVD-HD931 (DVI-HDCP output) and NeuNeo HVD-2085 (HD-component and HDMI output), as well as a Toshiba HD-XA1 HD-DVD player using standard DVDs in 720p and 1080i upscaling modes.
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