Originally Posted by JHendrix559
First post here, mainly been lurking for a while before buying my first HDTV this past monday...the GV42L.
I figure I'd post a few comments on what I've noticed on the set:
I have a HD Cable Box from Comcast hooked up via Component and via Coax and I can verify that even though I get HD via the Coax on HD channels the component looks a LOT better.
The Comcast box I got has a DVI port on it so I have a DVI->HDMI cable on order (BTW, thanks to the forum for helping me find MonoPrice, excellent shop!). I don't expect much of a picture quality increase via HDMI but I want to free up a component input on the TV for the XBox360 I plan on purchasing soon.
Here are some other things of note I've found:
I have a HTPC outputting to the set via the VGA connection, the card I have will only output 1280x768 to the set which is annoying but it's a pretty crappy card (onboard SavageProDDR). I may upgrade to a ATi or nVidia card that can output to 1366x768 naitively via DVI-HDMI in the future. Though I have to say that even at 1280x768 I watched my Final Fantasy VII Advent Children DVD through the PC and it looked absolutely amazing. I don't have a progressive DVD player yet so the PC is my only way to watch DVD's in progressive (I previously only used my XBox for DVD viewing on my old SD CRT).
I've done some experimenting with playing Halo 2 in 480p and found that the default picture was WAY too dark, even after playing the game again after messing with the Brightness and Contrast settings on the Avia DVD. Once I turned up the brightness on the set Halo 2 looked great (for a game running in 480p). The picture seems quite good. I'll double check my settings when I get home and post them up, though I here's what I think they're at from memory:
I turned off a lot of the advanced picture options and they seemed to not have much of an effect.
I feel that contrast is set pretty high but the factory was at 90. I'm pretty sure there is no harm to the set with it being high since it's an LCD, but I'm not sure. The picture looks good with contrast at 75.
I have not noticed any backlight leakage on the set at all, nor have I had any cloudyness problems or bad pixels. I'm new to having an HDTV but I've been using LCD's on PC's for years and I know what to look for. I do not see uneven backlighting on my set at all even with the screen being all black.
S-Video inputs for my JPN PS2 and GameCube look pretty good though nothing compared to component from the XBox and the US PS2. I have a JPN PS2 mainly for 2D fighters, though King of Fighters XI looked a lot better than I thought it would on an HD set for a game with such crappy pixelated graphics. I will probably try out and see how MAME looks through the PC later tonight.
I did notice that the picture quality adjustments are very different if you're using Component, RGB, or SVideo. SVideo settings needed to be tweaked heavily as there was way too much red in the picture, though this was only on playing a quick game of Mario Tennis on the GC. I'll have more tweaking to do after this weekend when I play a bunch of other games when friends come over to hang out.
I'm really looking forward to buying an XBox360 and having at it with this set.