Originally Posted by tpaxadpom
I preferred DVI/HDMI connection on my old samsung box 451, and with 260 component video looks much better then HDMI/HDMI. Colors looked wash out with HDMI. I tried changing saturation and tint on my TV but it doesn't seem to help.
Huh. The HDMI-to-DVI cable I ordered arrived yesterday and I installed it when I got home. However, I didn't have the chance to do detailed comparisons between component and DVI. I should this weekend, and I'll pay some attention to the colors.
I'm hooking it to a Syntax Olevia LT32HV, and I did notice a few differences. The LT32HV is a 1366x768 LCD panel, and when connected via component the 720p signal from the H260F had small black bars at the top and bottom. So far as I can tell it was probably (slightly) letterboxing the component signal. When connected via HDMI/DVI, the signal filled the screen.
This is both good and bad. HD programs look good, of course. Whatever scaling the LT32HV is using works well. However, SD content seems to have a line of 'noise' at the top of the screen. (I suspect it's the normally-concealed closed-captioning data.) Second, while watching "ER" last night, it seemed that the very far left column of pixels were solid yellow. I didn't have a chance to do any detailed tweaking... one doesn't disturb my wife when she's watching ER.
Another thing I will have to experiment with: what should I set the 'resolution' switch on the back of the H260F to? Considering my TV, the obvious choice is of course 720p. Still, I wonder if maybe
the scaler in the TV can do some special tricks to show a little extra data on that 1366x768 screen from the 1080i signal? But then, for the shows that are 720p, does the H260F switch to displaying the progressive output? Or does it effectively put out '720i'?
I did try (for less than two minutes) setting the resolution switch to 1080i. I didn't have enough time to really see a difference, but I was a little disturbed to see the TV flash the resolution as "1920x540"... not "1920x1080". What the heck?