[quote=crosby1]my first impression is that the picture looked way better @ BB than it does in my house. QUOTE]
Unfortunately, using component will only get you so far. The compression and decompression of the signal is ok over component, but you have no compression with HDMI. If you get a DVD player get the HDMI compatible DVD players. As I said earlier, the OPPO is an excellent DVD player. It has been ranked up there with the HD DVD players.
As far as standard television goes, your not going to do much better than what you have. I am trying to dig up some exact settings for you. I was out installing a magnavox LCD on a back patio, and several small service calls and didnt have time for much else.
Did you mention you are receiving HD broadcasts? Are you using an Antenna for HD?
Also 7/10 times cable entering a house can be cheap, low quality "C" coax. I reccomend Quad Shield or RG6 with crimp on connectors. Maybe you can inspect the cable feed to your house. You can greatly reduce noise in your line which can do wonders for your tv. I once installed a $3500 1080P JVC panel, only to have a blocky, crappy looking screen
After checking all the cables, he had to deal with cable company. At last word, he was receiving a much better signal. He had become used to watching static with his CRT tv's.
After you are satisfied you have a clean signal, and a decent dvd player, or cablebox, THEN we can get down to some tweaking
PS I opted for DVR last month and I am so glad I did. I was able to come home and watch "Path to 9/11" after working. I find all kinds of things to record now. I think it is worth $10 month. You get HDMI, 160GB DVR, and the latest video scaler chips with them.