* Posts by John Vinall

3 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Feb 2008

Amazon Kindle DX

John Vinall

360 degrees?

Incidentally, the accelerometer will flip the page layout through 360° if you feel the need to hold the DX upside down.

... a whole 360? Wow. *envisions gently spinning text*

AMD grows very own Opteron chipsets

John Vinall



Blu-ray versus upscaled DVD?

John Vinall

Upscaling DVDs

Yes, a Blu-ray player will upscale your DVDs to the resolution you tell it to. Will it do it well? Well, that depends on how good the upscaler is.

Upscaling is a tricky business because it has to convert a low resolution signal to a high resolution signal - 576i (PAL DVD) to 1080p (Full HD) is roughly a quadrupling of the pixels. Different Blu-Ray players have different upscalers. And different people like the output of different upscalers.

The only real way to test is to get the hardware demo'd. Get along to a hi-fi store somewhere, take your Panasonic upscaler with you, and a selection of your favourite DVDs. Play them on a 1080p screen and see what combination of sources you like.