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post #11881 of 11891 Old 04-29-2015, 05:14 PM
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Now that we have moved on to page 397, all is well again.
Page 396 is still a text-based turd though
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Hi guys, I need help with my HT setup. Currently I have

TV - 64F8500
Bluray - Oppo BDP 105D
Receiver - Panasonic SA-XR55
HDMI Swicher - Monoprice 4x1
Apple TV
TVPad 3
Amazon Fire

Since I used OTA Antenna to get local programming, I used the optical out from TV to Oppo. The Oppo was connected to the receiver using the 5.1 RCA analog connection. I'm currently trying to choose between:

a. Put all those streaming devices (ATV, TVPad3, & Amazon Fire), connect them to HDMI switcher & use the HDMI out to Oppo.
b. Get rid of the HDMI switcher, connect them directly to the TV using the HDMI and let the TV get the audio out using the Optical connection to Oppo.

Which one is a better choice?

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Hi guys, I need help with my HT setup. Currently I have

TV - 64F8500
Bluray - Oppo BDP 105D
Receiver - Panasonic SA-XR55
HDMI Swicher - Monoprice 4x1
Apple TV
TVPad 3
Amazon Fire

Since I used OTA Antenna to get local programming, I used the optical out from TV to Oppo. The Oppo was connected to the receiver using the 5.1 RCA analog connection. I'm currently trying to choose between:

a. Put all those streaming devices (ATV, TVPad3, & Amazon Fire), connect them to HDMI switcher & use the HDMI out to Oppo.
b. Get rid of the HDMI switcher, connect them directly to the TV using the HDMI and let the TV get the audio out using the Optical connection to Oppo.

Which one is a better choice?

Thanks
If you choose B, you lose 5.1 from your other devices other than OTA and OPPO when playing Blu Ray. The tv will not send 5.1 audio from Apple TV and Amazon via optical. I do not know what TVPad3 is, but if that has 5.1 capability, you will lose that too.
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If you choose B, you lose 5.1 from your other devices other than OTA and OPPO when playing Blu Ray. The tv will not send 5.1 audio from Apple TV and Amazon via optical. I do not know what TVPad3 is, but if that has 5.1 capability, you will lose that too.
Thanks, I guess A is the way to go.
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Any updates? I still haven't been able to determine if this is a wide spread problem (which tells me it isnt), are you also on Dish?
I have Comcast. Come to think of it, when The Walking Dead looked terrible, I DID have Dish.
Anyway the latest episode of Game of Thrones looked good when I watched the broadcast. Maybe not perfect but good. It seems the issue really lies in the compression. The HBO Go streaming video should certainly be worse. The scene where Daenerys is in the catacombs really exposed the compression. Cable/Dish providers may compress some broadcasts but it probably won't be as much compression as a streaming video.

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Cable/Dish providers may compress some broadcasts but it probably won't be as much compression as a streaming video.
You're correct but cable and dish providers can be pretty egregious in their over-compression as well.

Not as bad as streaming, but there's nothing preventing cable and dish provders from compressing more highly than streaming providers do, either.
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I am pleased to give a report of my recent calibration of my Samsung 64F8500 panel.


The TV is about 1 year old. After it was "burned in" I contacted Chad B for a calibration, and was placed in the queue.


Do not doubt, that I often second-guessed myself on the wisdom of this, and wondered whether I should cancel the calibration request. This 64F8500 replaced an 8G Kuro (that had only been adjusted by me using consumer-level calibrations discs), and after my consumer-level adjustment of the 64F8500, it is was clearly the best picture that I had ever had. So, did I really need to pay for further calibration?


I went through with the commitment, and I am quite happy that I did.


Chad B arrived exactly on time, at 10:00 AM. He proceeded to attached a sensor to the panel and setup a tripod with another sensor.


Time passed, he did his thing. Such a calibration normally takes about 4 hours. However, I had a couple of "troublesome inputs". That took a lot more analysis and time.


Chad B hung in there for 7.5 hours -- 10;00 - 5:30 -- to get everything perfect. I could see his concentration as he was running pattern after pattern, to get the grayscale and the CMS properly setup, for both a night mode and a day mode, on three different inputs.


Whenever I asked what was going on, and how it was going, he gave me a lot of insightful commentary about how the TV was behaving, how the inputs were behaving, and how to deal with it all.


He pretty much killed his entire day, working almost twice as long as usual, bringing my 64F8500 up to his specs, even though he had a 2-hour drive to make after he left my place.


The result is quite amazing. I was a little skeptical that the calibration would significantly improve the picture, even though I decided to go through with it.


It's hard to objectively describe the result. The result is clearly in "Oh My Goodness" territory. The color balance and the contrast / brightness / grayscale is obviously better, but the 2-D picture now has a "3-D" impression that was not present previously. I am not sure what is going on, honestly. I don't care for, and don't watch 3-D, but the sense of depth that the 2-D picture now presents, as well as the accurate colors and white balance, is really quite nice.

I honesty think that this was the best calibration bargain in my experience.

I highly recommend this calibration.


EDIT: actually, four (4) different inputs counting the Apps (Netflix / Amazon).

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Chad does an excellent job congrats on the great calibration !
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