I've read on the forum that ION has some sort of pay TV sub-channel deal going on in some areas of the country - maybe the tuner was wrestling with those? Yes, we were warned about the older tuners.
I came up a winner on the Zenith HDV420, at least.
Ah makes sense, one is titled Starz.
Mot HD tuner is losing channels and generating multiple instances of subs when powered on/off (power strip) so it looks like I'll have to leave it on standby; at least it has a big-ass clock
. Oddly enough I've had this issue on a much smaller scale with Zinwell converter boxes and the Mot tuner module inside has a ZAT number (i.e. Zinwell model notation); I also thought I saw some blogs saying Zinwell had something to do with the design. I think I'll crack it open again (vacuumed and there was a cobweb inside
) and see if it uses a watch battery for some of its memory. Otherwise works fine thus far.
Weird on the aspect adjustments. I know my Panny allows 3 adjustments when 480p is coming in, though I wonder if that changes when the input is 4:3? I think I might have a 4:3 DVD somewhere at home, I will give it a try and see what happens.
Well you do have a newer Panny and my manual actually confirms those two modes only on 480p. Hopefully your 3rd aspect is Normal or the like so you can watch 4:3 unaltered via 480p (DVD HD).
Ken might be right, I guess I should try messing around with the settings some more. I will be sure to write everything down beforehand because I want to get back where I was if the SD quality suffers. It's hard to imagine a better SD picture than I get through the DTT-901 combined with the Panny. As I may have mentioned I tried a DTT-901 on the "new" Samsung HDTV CRT I picked-up a few weeks ago and it looked like garbage by comparison, so the Panny is definitely working some magic on that composite signal. Perhaps the same magic is acting to subdue the HD input?
Good idea but thus far it appears my Panny is holding different settings per input to some degree. The Video inputs appear to hold one common set while the Component inputs each have their own set. Component also appears to have a seperate sub-set vs. input format.
Now you mention SD quality - I didn't try comparing a converter box with an SD input on Component. I was comparing using HD station content.
No I don't think the Panny's scaler is active above 480i and it looks like it may not be active on Component; I guess I could reword that and say I think it's only active on Video inputs.
Over the weekend it finally sunk in that I have a ridiculous number of televisions. 2 SD CRT (27" 4:3), 3 HD CRT (34" WS, 32" 4:3, 30" WS), 2 HD LCD (46" WS, 19" WS), 1 HD Plasma (50" WS), 1 HD LED (24" WS). Six of the nine were acquired for the price of some time, gas, and labor to pick them up from the people giving them away. I figure I probably have enough televisions to last the rest of my life, and I don't think the death of the two big boys will be much of an issue with my wife - she watches the 34" Panny more than any of the other sets also.
The really absurd part is that neither of us watch all that much TV, though we certainly enjoy when we do. Ah well, a guy has to have some kind of hobby.
(I am not totally mad, I have stopped looking for free sets on craigslist - I have no place to put any more!)
You too huh?
. I ran a rotation program - out with the old, in with the new. Same with my short-lived computer monitor hobby. I recently donated some older 19" sets and various computer monitors to one of those charities that comes and picks them up. A few broken ones made it to Best Buy for e-cycling.
My old bedroom 27" set is now a coon-ass PoutP next to the Panny in the living room. I also used it to learn how to adjust service menu settings. Color was off beyond what I could do with the user menu so I started from scratch; ironically tuning color is really tuning B&W, I adjusted for black using bias and white using drive. Came out pretty good although the red gun or phosphors are weak (orangey no matter what I tried). Screen had gotten too wide too so tuned that and then the other direction to get the proper aspect back. Throw in a little pincussion and re-centering. I thought I ruined the tube when I found what I thought was a broken jumper for the degauss circuit. I jumpered it back together and then the degauss made the tube have a nice rainbow of circles
. Apparently the jumper was a fuseable link
and something is broken in the degauss circuit. So I said 'what the heck' and jumpered its degauss coil to an old broken RCA 31" (waiting for another trip to Best Buy) and wala it worked! I'll have to save that RCA circuit board for a degausser circuit and I ran the 27" coil connector out the back in the event I move the TV to a different position that generates color blobs. I also found a small fridge magnet can be use to fix small color blobs (but not big rainbow circles, requires defib).
Those Sony KV-FS sets sure have sharp pics, that little 20" is sweet, made a nice office TV. My TV count is now 7. Others are a 13" RCA w/built-in VCR for the kitchen, a stored 19" Toshiba, and a little 5" LCD for camping my neighbor gave me. Come to think of it the only TV I paid for was the old 27"
I'm gonna guess that the 19" LCD was the only free flat panel TV?