May 3rd, 2009
Man -- putting connections back together is rough on one's hands!
I made a trip to Fry's and switched my 360 and PS3 to use HDMI, the Wii to use component, and cleaned up the composite switching mess significantly.
So far -- the PS3 is vastly improved by being over HDMI. The 360 looks exactly like it was.
I'm waiting to get the new cable receiver (I'll do that on Monday) before I reattach everything over coax (that's my Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, Genesis, and Master System).
While I was at Fry's, I picked up a few audio cables to hook up external speakers to the TV and a spare VGA and 3.5mm audio cable for the next time philled2thebrim comes by.
I also scored a blue ray copy of Speed Racer. I think I'll watch that later this evening.
One thing that surprised me was that my instinct was correct -- you can find reasonably priced cables at Fry's. You just have to look a little harder. 8)
The 360 uses "fake" HDMI, since the hardware was not designed for HDMI output from the start. It won't use the full gamut, or even render natively at the full resolution, because of this. The PS3 was designed from the start with full HD HDMI in mind, so will take full advantage of the improved picture quality.
I need to get down to watching my bluray movies. Feels like a waste to have them just laying around.
Somehow, I knew this post was going to draw a comment from you. 8)
I didn't know that about the 360, but I believe it on looking at it. I was expecting it to make a real difference.
After having watched Speed Racer, I really recommend that as an excellent use of all the visual and audio whistles and bells. Granted, I was already over the moon about that movie, but I really enjoyed being able to frame-by-frame through things and read every single eensy bit of text on everything.
Also -- the ability to pause on Christina Ricci. *sigh*
Of course, now I'm remembering all the PS3 games I set aside because they weren't really enjoyable on my old TV.
This week is going to be a very entertaining week.
If your TV supports it, you should turn on the full colorspace (gamut) on the PS3. It makes the picture even better, believe it or not, especially when watching movies on it. By default it'll be set in a limited colorspace, and there may also be a setting to increase the white to black ratio, unless they removed that in more recent firmwares (that setting was really redundant). I haven't looked for it for a while now.
Unfortunately a lot of DivX and such will look washed out when played through the PS3 since the white levels are off. There's not much to do about that, which is why I got myself a Popcorn Hour for that kind of movies. And for bluray backups, of course. =)
You may also find that some PS2 games really shine up now. I really enjoy the improved visuals on some of them, but they're mostly games I'm either nostalgic about or which are fan matter to me (such as the Ghost In The Shell games).