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Samsung DVD-P401 DVD Player Review

Samsung DVD-P401 DVD Player Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Progressive scan is the yard stick by which all DVD players are now competing and relates to the level of quality in the final TV-bound image.
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Filed under: Home Theatre Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Oct 23 2001   A. Yong  
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Samsung DVD-P401 DVD Player Review


If you thought you were confused at the mass of DVD players available on the market today, think again. There is a relatively new standard out there that is clearing the field and making it easier to pick and choose. Welcome to the era of progressive scan.

Progressive scan is the yard stick by which all DVD players are now competing and relates to the level of quality in the final TV-bound image. You could be forgiven for blatantly assuming that when something is digital that the quality is absolute. After all DVD is digital and not analog so there shouldn't be any differences in quality right?

Well, yes and no. If we go back in time to the point that DVD's began to emerge on the consumer marketplace it was well known that early DVD players did not provide the best possible output because they really didn't need to.

Most televisions were interlaced so there was really no point in displaying all the visual data on the DVD disc because it wouldn't be visible anyhow. To save time, the players only output data to drew every other line across the television screen.

Fast forwarding to the present, if you happen to have a traditional large screen television and a traditional non-progressive DVD player, you will notice the picture clarity when compared to VCR but you will also notice horizontal lines running across the screen. It's not that bad if you sit far back, but it's not exactly a complete picture either. With progressive scan, the DVD player sends data so that the television draws across the screen at twice the speed, filling in the empty lines and giving you a "complete" picture.

Now that you have a better understanding of Progressive Scan, it is time for the Samsung DVD-P401 to enter into the picture.

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Contents of Article: Samsung DVD-P401
 Pg 1.  — Samsung DVD-P401 DVD Player Review
 Pg 2.  Video Playback
 Pg 3.  The Look, The Style

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