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|Originally posted by ///MD
when watching 4:3, the side bars on my TV are a bright gray. Any way to make these black? Can't seem to find it in the menu/manual.
|Originally posted by NewHD4me
You and I have a lot in common. We both are making a jump from a 57" Hitachi RPTV to plasma and we both like to watch a lot of HD sports. I have had the Pioneer 4312 for about 2 weeks now and I have watched a lot of HD football and basketball. I have not noticed any problems with pixelization, break-up or latency with fast moving scenes. Comparing this display to an LCD is joke. The response time of the Pioneer is far better than any LCD panel I have seen.
For sports, I was blown away by cable broadcasts of ABC and ESPN games in 720p. CBS in 1080i was also awesome. I only get Fox through an off-air antenna and I did notice a little noise in the picture, but everyone else who was watching the game with me thought it looked perfect. I guess you become a little more critical when you spend time on AVSforum.
The only things I miss on my Hitachi were the larger screen size and the perfect color reproduction in a dark room (my Hitachi was ISF calibrated).
|Originally posted by charlie_eberly
Check your Samsung manual. It is controlling the pillar box color, not the pio.
|Originally posted by ///MD
No, the gray bars are still there when I switch to 4:3 using the Screen Size button on the remote, regardless of source (my standard tivo, samsung HD receiver, etc.)
For the others that have this monitor, is it the same for you?
|Originally posted by Bill Ball
Gray is the default color for the side mask. Gray is a neutral setting that reduces burn-in potential versus black or white. However, it is adjustable.
Look for side mask control in the options menu. This should allow you to change the color from gray to Auto adjust. However, I believe the specific color of the side bar is set in Pio's "integrator" service mode. If you really want to change it you need to look for information on getting into the integrator mode and where the side mask color setting is. I think this is common to all Pio models. I wouldn't fiddle with it.
|For those not familiar with Loewe (German, not pronounced Low), it's a 16:9, 1080i CRT.
IMHO it's an excellent buy compared to other 42"/43" plasma panels. [/b]
|Originally posted by TurboTuner
Com'on, the Loewe is nice, but it's still a Fish Bowl (CRT) ;)
|Originally posted by kdb209
I'm deciding between the Costco Pioneer and the Vizio (raincheck in hand)
and have a couple questions for you folks who already have the units.
Can you give a summary of the various zoom modes available:
- For HD (1080i / 720p) via HDMI? via Component?
- For SD (480p / 480i) via HDMI? via Component? via S-Video?
Specifically, are there non-linear strech modes for 4:3 programming
(strech sides more than center) and is there a zoom mode that works
with letterboxed 4:3 (and non anamorphic widescreen DVDs) that will
expand a 16:9 image within a 4:3 source without distorting or chopping
off the sides/top/bottom.
|Originally posted by pbenjamin
This is the feature that can be set to wake up in the night and display an inverse image for 10 minutes then a white mask for 30 minutes. I'm really disappointed that this does not look like it is there.