When I switch to "native" the box takes a long time when switching between stations with different broadcast resolutions.
Can some one please explain these problems?
TV is an older Sony LCD (circa 2007/8) capable of 1080p and 120 hz.
What is the recommended setting for this box?> Should I upgrade to a new piece of equipment?
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As stated nothing broadcast (yet) is of 1080p resolution.
This means setting the Cable STB to output BOTH 720p and 1080i. For those very few channels I watch that are still SD, I let the cable box upconvert 480i/480p to 720p (or whatever your box does) to minimize the extra channel change time required to reacquire a new output resolution.
If 720p is NOT enabled, every other 720p frame will be DISCARDED if upconverted to 1080i, thereby losing the faster refresh rate demanded by the Sports channels (at the expense of reduced still image resolution).
New boxes also are capable of 1080p (@ 24 or 60 Hz) output, but this would only be encountered when using the new IPTV delivery method that may or may not (yet) be available on your system. So since this is a NEW FEATURE, upconversion to 1080p output may not (yet) be optimum.
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What is a "long time"? I suspect the box takes very little time, but the TV takes a couple of seconds (yes, two seconds can seem like a long time) to realize that the video format has changed and it then tries to determine the new format.
If you do a lot of channel surfing, it may be easiest to just set the RNG200N to recast everything to just one resolution, picking the one that matters the most to you (e.g., see High-definition television in the United States).
On the other hand, if you tend to do little channel surfing and tend to pick and chose what to watch (I will look through the online program guide rather than switch channels), then pick what gives you the best consistent picture across channels, be it to lock the RNG200N to a given video format (such as 720p) and have it rescale everything to that and, if that is different from your TV's native resolution, the TV will then rescale; or set the RNG200N to native and let the TV rescale everything to what it likes. As mentioned earlier in the thread, the TV is likely to have better rescaling and deinterlacing circuitry than the RNG200N.
The TV I have connected to the DVR is one of those many so-called 720p TVs that is really 1366x768 (not the implied 1280x720) so it rescales everything, and for that TV I found it best to set the DVR to "NATIVE" but to exclude 480i so the DVR would just pass the channel's video forma to to the TV and then the TV would be doing most of the rescaling and deinterlacing, with the exception that SD stations would arrive at the TV at 480p. (That TV has a little bug in that if it receives a 480i signal over HDMI, it forgets that I had turned off overscan for 720p & 1080i, but if the TV receives 480p, it will display that with overscan, but when the signal changes back to 720p or 1080i it then correctly suppresses overscan.) (I did try excluding both 480i and 480p, but then with the DVR rescaling 480i to 720p and the TV rescaling that to its native resolution produced a fuzzier picture than the DVR just deinterlacing to generate 480p and having the TV rescale that 480p signal to its native format.) So, for the HD stations, having my TV and only the TV do the rescaling produces the sharpest pictures (according to my admittedly old eyes), but at the expense that any time I change the channel to a channel with a different video format there will be a 1 to 2 second blank screen while the TV figures out what the new video format is.
Since you know how to change the various video formats the RNG200N sends to the TV, it is worth trying different possibilities, see how you like a given setting for a few days, and then try a different setting to see which produces the results best suited for your viewing habits and visual preferences.
My very humble setup: