Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Canonsburg, PA (Steeler Country)
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I guess all of you have been waiting with apprehension for my Tues. install that took place on Wed. The "box delivery person" was not prepared for my new cable drop. He had no connectors for such a situation, so he allowed me to connect my own box while he connected lines to my splitter. He left manuals and wished me luck. It took another truck and two visits before the heavy duty drop was properly married to the splitter.
Anyways, I had connected video several ways hoping to have a wide choice of various qualities. I have a direct cable into my RF (only provides analogs of course), the HD component input, an s-video input, and a composite video input. Are you placing your bets yet? It is surprising.
First of all, I had Dish for 2 years and really forgot a lot about cable. I came back for the local HD channels (there had better be more upcoming) but I am getting sidetracked. With Dish, I only used component input for HD. All the other channels were up converted to a soft mush. I used an s-video unput for all but HD. It made for musical remotes, but that was necessary for the optimum Dish picture.
I made all of these same connections on the Motorola 5100 expecting the same results, but they did not occur. The component input provided the best of the choices. The differences among the connections made were so small that I am not sure I ever saw a difference. With that in mind, the component input wins by default, no changes necessary to go from HD to SD. If the 5100 is up converting, it is doing a much better job of it than my Dish 6000 did.
The HD WTAE is very good. I of course did not really have time to evaluate it very much, but Lopez was a visual treat. HD Showtime is just like HD HBO in quality. I'm sure I'll watch it a lot while the free 6 month trial goes on. The HD WQED is just running a demo loop, but the quality was excellent. I guess they will only be showing national productions for quite a while. HD ESPN was not on last night, but the up converted stretched ballgame was. I really have no opinion. Yet!
One unexpected catch. The remote does not do real well through my smoked glass doors. From my Lazyboy all is well, but further back at the sofa, very poor. The door must be left open to get predictable responses from that seating area. My wife, who sits there, routinely is very annoyed for that is really tacky.