While i anxiously await my upgraded 5lnb dish from D*, I am using SVideo for the R15 DVR which on this set SVideo is only on the side inputs. There's only one, none on the back. I guess if you have a tv like this you should be shot for using svideo. But tahts the best output from the R15. So until the HR21 is plugged in, that's what I get.
This is my first Big flat panel. I have a 23" in the bedroom and all my PC's for the past x years have been LCDs.
Im trying to get used to the size of it as I went from a 32" crt to this. Menus are easy to navigate, easy to switch sources. The fit and finish is amazing. I thought it would be just OK but they managed to put it together really nice. Response time for the menus is quick and changing channels happens fast. I thought it would take a while given how much Ive read about the slowness of LCDTV's when changing channels. Plus my 23" is dog slow.
Since its all mostly Standard Def, its not very crisp around objects on the screen. However, when watching Speed last night and Animal Planet this morning for a few minutes it is noticeably nicer than the CRT if you have the right channel on.
Blacks are deep. The black in a letterbox view vs the black on the screen itself match in depth so I think that's all I have to be looking for, correct?
My center channel speaker I think may be blocking the remote control eye. Not sure if this thing can do RF or not but the R15 remote is not RF so I'll have to wait until the upgrade.
On the DVD, someone told me that even though I have a Standard def DVD, the TV takes care of the upconvert so I shouldnt have to worry about using an upconverting DVD player. I am using component cables.
Im pretty much an HDTV n00b so sorry I can't explain everything very technically. Give me a few weeks.
That's it right now.