I'm not sure how many of you will understand what I am speaking about here, but I'll give it a shot anyway.
I used to have an Olevia LT32HVE LCD. When I would hook up an HD source to it , such as an Xbox 360, the differences between component and VGA would be profound. Eventually I found an HDMI model of the 360 and found that the differences were equally striking in sharpness when hooked up through the DVI port.
When hooked up through either the VGA or DVI port, it gave very sharp "PC" look to the picture. Through component I found it to look kind grainy, aliased, and not as appealing. I thought this might just be the set or the quality of the cables, but recently I have tried out HDMI on some other LCDs at the store and to my surprise, it looks very similar to the component.
I also have a Pioneer plasma which allows me to choose through DVI from the menu for the output to be PC (for the sharper computer-like picture I mentioned earlier) or video, which is technically supposed to be the correct setting for DVDs and video ouput, but gives the duller component/ HDMI picture I'm seeing on all these other sets.
Now I am looking for another LCD and I desperately want to get the PC-like look to the set while being connected through HDMI, however all the ones I try at the store are giving the look I got through component on the old Olevia/ setting to "video" on my Pioneer 507cmx.
For the record, I have not tried through VGA at the store to see if that did give the PC-like sharpness on some of these newer sets. However, I would really like to get this level of sharpness when connected through HDMI/DVI as I did on the Olevia.
Does anyone know what I am talking about? Is there an internal setting that can be switched to make the picture look like that sharp PC look which made it look almost identical to looking at a PC monitor? I'm fairly sure it's a setting within the TV as my Pioneer has showed I can switch between the two when I am connected through DVI/HDMI. I could not find a similar setting on the TVs at the store though.