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chebby wrote:

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Glad you're sorted now.

I suppose you'll be de-cluttering a bit.  Removing the old Sony DVD-R and it's cabling (SCART? co-ax 'fly lead' to telly etc.) and seeing if that 'box of tricks' is required (once you know what it is).

If it's some set-top box installed for your old analogue Sony then it can go.

A quick photo here (if you aren't sure) might help.

Are you still watching Freeview SD (no HD channels from ch 101 onwards) or are you totally reliant on the Sky box to get Freeview HD?

I still have some confusion about how your set-up all hangs together (or at least how it was all connected until the new BDP) especially when it comes to the Digital Terrestrial signal from the roof aerial into your LG.

First question: The DVD-R is only used presently for the TV aerial, so no Scart or interconnects. It isn't even switched on. TBH, I don't know what this little box of tricks is, certainly smaller than a set top box.

Secondly pretty much using the Sky Box only for HD channels and for use of TV thru the hi-fi (where necessary).

Okay, I'll try and explain, but this week has been Blu-ray 'brain drain', so there needs a little cable tidying. But I'm giving myself a days rest from travelling, and thinking about the said Blu-rays (plaural).

Okay I could never get the Tv playing thru the hi-fi for all the reasons given in previous posts (apart from the fated headphone socket to the amp, which was useless). The only way I could get the TV to play as a channel via the amp was to connect the analohue outs on the DVD-R to the amp and a Scart lead from the DVD-R to the TV. This didn't impede on the funtion of the TV as only the sound was directed away -- all other functions on the TV was done thru the TV on the TV remote. However, it did mean leaving the DVD-R switched on for obvious reasons. Now just using the Sky box your cutting out the middle man (if you like) by not using the DVD-R other than a bulky aerial/signal feed.

Hope I've explained it enough. Think I'll go and lay down with a cold flannel on my forehead. Acute

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plastic penguin wrote:

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First question: The DVD-R is only used presently for the TV aerial, so no Scart or interconnects. It isn't even switched on.

Well at least that can all go now.

Just plug in the lead from the outdoor aerial directly into the telly instead.

That'll clear some space (and get rid of one cable).

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chebby wrote:

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First question: The DVD-R is only used presently for the TV aerial, so no Scart or interconnects. It isn't even switched on.

Well at least that can all go now.

Just plug in the lead from the outdoor aerial directly into the telly instead.

That'll clear some space (and get rid of one cable).

The DVD-R can't go yet. The TV aerial is plugged into the TV and that one goes into the back of the DVD recorder. There's also another coax aerial coming from the DVD-R which goes no-not-where at this stage.

Before the engineers came to do the digital switchover we plugged the 2nd coax in to the wall socket (aerial not mains) but since then the socket's been bypassed, and I'm sure that little 'box of tricks' has something to do with it, but until I pull the lot away from the wall and follow each lead (they're all tied up together), I'm puzzled by the thing.

However, with the return of the school term on Wednesday and business really picking up after the summer lull, really haven't got the time or enthusiasm to start dissecting the whole set-up. For the next week I'm going to clear my mind before starting over again.

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After a couple of days with

After a couple of days with the Panny the picture quality is sensational. Even my home DVD-RW and R are crisper with more depth. Pretty happy.

Got to get some Blu-ray discs, although I think I'll knock one of Chebby's suggestions 'The Battle of Britain' on the head, as my current DVD of the film is digitally remastered, and non too shabby.

The World at War

6 disc Bond films from early Connery to a couple of Moore editions and one Brosnan film.

Couple of music DVDs, although not sure which ones yet.

That's enough to get started.

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plastic penguin wrote:

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....although I think I'll knock one of Chebby's suggestions 'The Battle of Britain' on the head, as my current DVD of the film is digitally remastered, and non too shabby.

You're probably right. Repeatadly scooping my jaw off the floor during the first 15 minutes of the Blu-ray was very distracting for me. (And I had the most recent DVD too.)

 

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The World at War

The last time I read the reviews the Blu-ray version was panned for merciless (and pointless) chopping and cropping of the original to make it fit a 16:9 format.

The World At War contains hundreds of interviews with historically important figures whilst they were still alive and it's sheer vandalism to mess around with this kind of 'document'.

If they ever put out the un-molested 4:3 print on Blu-ray then I will invest. In the meantime I will keep my old DVD boxset.

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chebby wrote:

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....although I think I'll knock one of Chebby's suggestions 'The Battle of Britain' on the head, as my current DVD of the film is digitally remastered, and non too shabby.

You're probably right. Repeatadly scooping my jaw off the floor during the first 15 minutes of the Blu-ray was very distracting for me. (And I had the most recent DVD too.)

 

TBH, although I'm a WWII anorak I'm not a huge WWII film fan. Much prefer documentaries, and my favourite docudramas is this one of Dunkirk. Pretty sure you'll like it as it's based on true accounts, with great cimematography and script. Also shows throughout the tensions between Churchill, Halifax and the rest of the coalition. Unfortunately you can't get it on Blu-ray, only in a box-set which costs a fortune. So I'm happy to stick with my DVD-RW of the series.

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I would make The Dambusters a

I would make The Dambusters a blu ray priority, it's amazing what they've done with it. Sound as well. 

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How about a free trial on

How about a free trial on Netflix for a month?

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BenLaw wrote:

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I would make The Dambusters a blu ray priority, it's amazing what they've done with it. Sound as well. 

Sounds like a good'un.

Have to say I love the Blu-ray player, and this'll sound odd, but when it comes to old black and white jobbies in particular I quite like a less than perfect picture. Just seems to me to look more authentic, thinking about the old scratchy Pathe newsreels and suchlike.

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I've just ordered se#tet of

I've just ordered se#tet of James Bond films and 'The Lady Killers' on Blu-ray. Really do enjoy the old Ealing comedies/dramas.

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(Quick update)

Spun The Lady Killers over the weekend and the picture quality is stunning. It all seems more 3-D and the detail is something else. Not yet had a chance to watch the Bond box-set, hopefully over the next few days I'll put that right.

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