|Your "old" DVD player should work just fine, so long as you're able to connect it to the new TV (your new TV should still have composite, S-video, component and/or cable inputs, not just DVI or HDMI inputs).
The only "problem" with using a regular DVD player with an HDTV is that regular DVDs are encoded at 480 lines, and your new TV is probably capable of displaying either 720 or 1080 lines. This means that with the old DVD player and regular DVDs, you're not getting the absolute highest quality picture possible (such as you'd get with BluRay or HD-DVD).
|Your DVD player probably will be just fine. You'll want to hook it up through the individual component lines.|
Craig Duffield wrote:
(such as you'd get with BluRay or HD-DVD).My old Laser Disk machine is I think 525 lines.....
Someday I'll have an HD monitor capable of displaying those old LDs in their full resolution.
My old Laser Disk machine is I think 525 lines..... :D
Someday I'll have an HD monitor capable of displaying those old LDs in their full resolution. :roll:
Depending on which model LD player you have, you could be in for a surprise. Original LD players could show 425 TV Lines for NTSC and 440 TV Lines for PAL. However, in the early 90s, the MUSE standard was introduced which allowed 1035 TV Lines. So, you could actually have much better resolution than current standard DVDs.
For comparison, VHS is 240 TV Lines.
|Interesting! I think my model was a Panasonic 3080, but I'd have to check. It was extremely expensive, around $1300 for the machine back in late 1991. It plays both sides of the disk, and has a great remote with a jog wheel.|
|we got this DVDlayer in Jan. 2001It is a Pioneer Model DV-333 Digital, I still have all paper work. Does this help?|
OES Mommy wrote:
we got this DVDlayer in Jan. 2001It is a Pioneer Model DV-333 Digital, I still have all paper work. Does this help?
The DVD player is less important than the TV at this point (to determine if they're compatible). Your DVD player has component video outputs (based on a quick internet search), and will likely also have composite and cable outputs. I doubt it has HDMI or DVI capabilities. Component will give you the best picture quality of the available options. What inputs does the TV accept? Most HDTVs have component video/audio, so you should be in the clear that way. Component is the red, blue and green cables for video, red and white for sound, composite is red and white for sound, yellow for video, and cable is regular coax that carried all the information as a single signal.
|I did not tell you that our cable company is coming to hook up a HDV box plus we have it hooked up to a tuner with a home theater speakers.
3 way rear, we are buying new front speakers. We also have the central speaker.
|I don't think any of that should worry you. Your new HD set-top box will likely connect to the TV via component, HDMI or DVI cable (component gives you the option of running sound through the TV or a separate system, like your surround sound, DVI requires that you run sound separately, and HDMI runs sound to your TV, which you can either leave as-is, or run out to your surround sound). The new box will likely come with component cables as they're the least expensive for the cable company to provide.
Most new HDTVs have more input options than you are likely to use. You'll be able to connect your DVD player, set-top box, surround sound/receiver, VCR, computer, gaming system, etc., so long as you have enough cables of various types. Often, you'll have one component input (DVD player), one composite (VCR), two or more HDMI/DVI (set-top box, HD DVD player), and one cable (VCR, DVD, Set-top box - this will not give you HD pictures though).
Generally the TV will come with a pretty good guide to help you get everything hooked up. Some of them are just in the manual, and others include a separate glossy picture set-up guide.
|Craig, Thanks for the info. Deana|
|I would LOVE a new tv, but I've got to settle for a new DVD player (came in this afternoon) It's for HD, and man... my worst dvd that skips all the time comes out looking crisp clean!|
|IMO, do not invest in a new DVD player until the market decides on HD DVDs or Blu-Ray (think the old battle between VHS and Beta). If you really want to explore the picture of your new TV without putting a lot down towards a HD/Bl-Ray DVD player is to buy a player that "upconverts" the picture of your old DVD's.|
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