REVIEW: Asus VS229H Part 7
For the connection of HD sources, such as Blu-ray players, HDTV receivers and game consoles, the VS229H provides an HDMI input. The supplied audio is routed to a separate headphone output.
If a PC is connected via DVI, the headphone output, however, remains silent, because there are no separate audio inputs available.
Test of the video performance.
If the HDMI input is used, settings for saturation, sharpness and skin tones can be adjusted, additionally. The presets are consistently well chosen. Even the preset "Splendid Theatre" is well suited for the playback of movies, only with skin tones we prefer the setting "natural" instead of the warmer default "reddish". Dynamic contrast ASCR is turned off.
In this configuration, a high-definition video is played back via PC. At this, the VS229H shows a very sharp image with excellent black level and image contrast, which results in enhanced details in dark as well as bright scenes. The colour rendering is natural, even skin tones are well represented. We do not notice ghosting during fast scenes.
Watching movies with multiple viewers is really fun with the VS229H, as the low viewing-angle dependency of colour rendering guarantees an excellent image, even to those who are seated at the very outside.
As expected, the HD resolutions 720 and 1,080 are shown as a perfect full screen by the VS229H. To reproduce other resolutions true to the original aspect ratio, a 4:3 option is available. The pixel-accurate representation (1:1) is not possible.
According to the manual, field material can be processed only as 1080i. A camcorder with 1080i delivers good image quality with slight line flicker.
Only to be activated via the HDMI port, the overscan option cuts off a very narrow edge of the picture. Compulsory, the remaining image portion is upscaled to full screen with visible losses of interpolation. The scope of the trim is not adjustable.
Mostly encountered at the HDMI input, options for adjusting the signal level and the colour model are not available at the VS229H. As a brief experiment shows, the automatic signal level adjustment on PC and BD player is working correctly.
Switching the colour model from RGB to YcbCr causes problems at the spreading of tonal values and results in the the lowest three black levels to be lost.
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