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REVIEW: Eizo HD2441W-TS Part 16


DVD and Video

When playing back films and videos on the PC, it is not just the quality of the film material that is important – the player software used also plays a decisive role. The player software settings represent another factor that influences the playback quality. For example, whether hardware decryption is used by the graphics card, which is the norm for modern graphics cards or whether decryption is carried out via the algorithms in the player software is important.

The above factors and also others can lead to visible differences in quality in playback. For this reason, we used the following well-known player software for our test: CyberLink PowerDVD, InterVideo WinDVD and Microsoft Media Player. The external player devices we used were the Philips DVP5980 DVD-Player and the Sony PlayStation 3.

Scene from the film "Hero" (the film is in 2.35:1 Cinemascope format).

The Eizo HD2441W-TS features an analogue D-Sub and a digital DVI-D input as well as two digital HDMI inputs. Support of the HDCP copy protection standard is standard for HDMI. The HD2441W-TS also supports HDCP at its DVI-D input. The monitor does not have other analogue video inputs such as Component or S-Video.

Scene from the Blu-ray film "300", playback at 1080p (the film is in 2.35:1 Cinemascope format).

Eizo offers the HD2451W outside of Europe – this model is fundamentally built the same as the HD2451W. However, the non-European model also features additional Component Video, S-Video and Composite Video inputs. The HD2451W is not available on the German market, since the analogue video connections are optimised for NTSC signals and the PAL standard is the format used in Germany.

The following video formats are supported on the two HDMI inputs:

With 50 Hz
576i, 576p, 625i, 625p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 1125i and 1125p

With 60 Hz
525i, 525p, 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 1125i and 1125p

Detail from a scene out of the Blu-ray film "300" at 1080p (1.920 x 1.080 progressively). The richness of detail and sharpness of the image are impressive.

Interpolation (scaling) also works flawlessly in video mode and the quality achieved is just as good as that in PC mode. We used numerous films in PAL, NTSC and Blu-ray format to test the monitor.

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