Originally Posted by spiff72
OK all, I am looking for some advice...
I had a Sammy LN-4695 deliverer from BB on 1/25 and I have it hooked up to my Series 3 Tivo, a PS3, and an S2 Tivo. I have been seeing the diagonal lines (or waves) sometimes on SD content (from both the S2 and S3 Tivo's). I can deal with this because it is SD content anyway.
I noticed last night, though, that when watching a hockey game on HDNet that the picture seemed very "noisy". In other words, there seemed to be noticeable mosquito noise, and I noticed during the intermission when they were showing the commentators that their black sportcoats looked very strange. The black wasn't a uniform black - it seemed to flicker and had some pixellization going on. I REALLY noticed this when I sat on the floor right in front of the TV to connect my laptop directly to my router which is in my entertainment center. This blocky display really jumped out at me, and after I went back to my normal viewing distance, I could still see this.
Later, when Saturday Night Live was on, I noticed a similar effect during the live performance of Ludacris. There were some strobe lights (which always wreak havoc on HDTV images - especially 1080i broadcasts), but the lights weren't firing at the end of his performance. There were times when there was nearly no motion in the picture, and I could still see a surprising amount of macroblocking (if this is the right terminology).
This prompted me to second-guess this purchase and I started looking for alternatives again.
I like the Sharp, but I am still afraid of the banding issues. I am also interested in the Sony XBR2 46", but this one is too pricey for my current budget (BB had it on sale last week, but it went off sale today). I have a 32" XBR1 model that is in the bedroom - I like this TV, but to be honest, I have had a hard time getting the color to look right - especially fleshtones). I also am interested in the 46" Mits 1080p LCD's, but they aren't carried at BB, and I really like their financing deals right now (36 months with no interest). I have a 62" Mits DLP downstairs that I have had for about 2-1/2 years, and I have been very happy with it.
I am torn. I am trying to figure out if the flaws I saw last night will continue to bother me. I am watching King Kong in HD right now (recorded on the S3 off from Cinemax HD) and it looks pretty good. The PS3 looks really good too. I wanted the 1080p for "future-proofing", and to get the full benefit from the PS3.
Can anyone comment on their experience with the PQ with channels like HDNet and NBC? I am wondering if this is because these are 1080i channels and the Sammy doesn't deal with them well. I tried setting the Tivo to output 720p fixed while watching these channels but it didn't seem to help.
Any comments/advice are appreciated!