Well, my wait is finally over. My HLN567W was delivered by Tweeter today - I had been waiting on the Samsung Stand and DVD-931HD - both are still on their way, supposedly... I borrowed a friend's old, unused coffee table for the time being and am connecting my DVD via components until DVI nirvana is available.
My first impressions - no UM or SM tweaks yet - very nice PQ. Tweeter also installed two new Pioneer 3510 HD STB's (I was using an SA2000HD, will have to take it back to TWC myself.) and I really like the settings choices for both WS and 4:3 stuff. I have the STB, an XBOX, and a Toshiba 5700 DVD player run through my Yamaha RX-V1 to handle the component video switching which is connected to Comp 3 - which, as everyone knows does NOT support 480i. I temporarily changed to Comp 1 while setting up my XBOX Live account but have switched back to 3. I have the STB outputs set for 480P, 720P, and 1080i thinking the TV's scaler (Tantus Model with Far... 2300?) will perform equally or better than the STB.
I played around with the STB's 4:3 Zoom, Stretch, and Vertical Bar's option and the wife liked the Bar's better -- I may have that name wrong but, essentially, the STB will leave 4:3 alone and display black bars on the sides of the picture. Anyone else have things to try or test on this setup that I can help out with?
Two funny incidents during the install:
1. After connecting the STB, the volume was way too low -- we were having to turn up the receiver into the neg teens -- our usual listening level is around neg 40. Of course, I thought I just needed to turn up the STB's volume to max - no dice. Next, checked out the STB's settings to insure output audio level was at 100 - it was. As we began scratching our heads, we finally remembered the center speaker wasn't connected yet - presto, good volume level!
2. After watching things with no problems for the afternoon, I decided to finally break open and signup to my over one year old XBOX live starter package's subscription. I knew, from reading all the great info on this forum, especially from Arun's DLP guide and threads, that I'd need to switch over to Comp 1 for 480i support, etc. I moved everything back out from the wall and did so, signed up, and promptly got my rear handed to me in a few quick Moto GP online races for "testing purposes." Anyway, I then switched the Yamaha component connection back to Comp 3 and swtiched over to watch some HD cable on the 3510 -- all I got was a "no signal" message on the TV! I tried my DVD player, same problem! Now I'm thinking - doh, I've screwed up something somewhere by switching cables while the TV was on - my imagination was running wild. I then remembered I had switched the DVD player over to 480i thinking the TV's scaler would be better on interlaced signals than on progressive signals from what I've read here somewhere, quick to fix, changed it back to 480p and it worked, but, still no HD cable out of the 3510. So, next thought is to go back to Comp 1 - no signal. Hooked the STB directly up to Comp 1 and Comp 3 (taking the receiver out of the equation as I now am thinking I've screwed up my "high-end" Yamaha receiver some how!) still no signal either way. So, as I'm unhooking the STB to trade it out with the other new one Tweeter dropped off for my plasma which was still working great, I notice one of the Component cable connections on the back of the STB has worked its way lose - plugged it back in all the way - presto, back in business!
Sorry for the length, thought this was too funny to not pass on. Troubleshoot, troubleshoot, troubleshoot -- and remember, this stuff really does work, no matter what you read online!
I'll soon do some naked eye tweaking while watching TWC HD on the 3510 in the UM and let you know the results. Will also pick up a copy of DVE and will let you know how that goes.