Originally Posted by IDONTKNOW123
LOL nah I'll pass on that. One more question. As I have already stated the picture looks stunning right now but there is a minor issue. On both the HD and SD channels, when the picture is gray you can see distortion in the gray area. It is really hard to explain. For example, I am watching the Mets game on ESPN HD, the light coming off the stadium lights, this is where this distortion is present. I am not even sure if distortion is the right word. Another example is, on NFL NEtwork you can see this distortion in the crowd when the focus is on the field. This is not present in the middle of the TV mostly the corners. It's not really a big issue at all but it would be nice if it wasn't there. Anyway to get rid of this? Hopefully you know what I am talking about.
Okay, a few issues are surfacing that I can shed some light on.
First, the old adage of "garbage in garbage out" applies. Not sure who you are getting your HD feed from (cable company?) but there's something called 'bandwidth' and it's not cheap and the less that your HD provider can use, the more money he stands to make. They'll compress the virgin HD signal a bit like what an MP3 does to the original song; it cuts out what it thinks you don't need to see, and you lose some detail as a result. You'd think that there's one standard for HD and that all of us get the same consistency in broadcast, but that's not the truth. Each provider is playing a compression game based on controlling expenses and making profits. So a black/grey area around a spotlight at a stadium could be an example of your provider's greed and not an indication of a poorly calibrated panel.
Next, ESPN is a 720p native broadcast and you have a 1080p native panel. Remember last nights math exercise and pop quiz? When your 2 million pixel panel receives only 800 thousand pixels, it does something called "scaling" which is using circuitry to invent the missing 1.2 million pixels that is needed to fill your screen. You'll notice that NBC's Today Show or CBS David Letterman Show look flawless on your XBR2, because they broadcast in 1080i. The main reason why is that all 2 million pixels being sent to your living room are being represented accurately on your Sony panel. But FOX and ESPN are 720p and thus more than half of what you see isn't from the original transmission; it's "painted" on by your panel's circuits.
My guess is that the combination of the cable company's compression and the 720p ESPN broadcast is the reason for the issues around the lights you mention.
Now, to a fundamental question: You may or may not know that the single biggest issue in HD quality is the distance that your eyeballs are from the screen when you sit in the seat that you use most often. You don't buy an HDTV to "fit my entertainment center". It's like a pair of shoes. Can't be too big or too small. Has to be "right". If you are too close or your screen is too big, you're going to see distortion. Conversely, if you are too far or your screen is too small, you're not going to see all the resolution you're paying for. You bought a 46" panel, so if you whip out a tape measure and you're not 8 to 11 feet away, you may have purchased the wrong size.