Originally Posted by Saratoga Lefty
How do you change the output from 1080i to 720p? Would the Sharp look better if I set the box to 720p.
There is a really helpful WikiBook on the 6412. Here is the section that answers your question re changing the output resolution:http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/How_to_...2FYPbPr_Output
As to making the Sharp look like the Fuji . . . that will be a tough deal. I have a very similar setup at home as you do--I have the 50 inch Fuji 40 series and the Sony Bravia LCD 32-incher. I too have a 6412 feeding a receiver by component and then the receiver feeding HDMI to the Fujitsu. (Although the latest 6412 firmware was supposed to eliminate the "HDMI repeater" copy protection error, I haven't bothered to test it out.)
You probably have a couple of things going on. The Fujitsus are known for having one of the best . . . if not THE best . . . internal scalers of any TV set. It's what you are paying for when you paid the premium over what a competitor plasma would cost. So, while the Sharp is an excellent set, you are partly just seeing what you paid for in the Fuji. This is particularly apparent on standard definition programming.
I think part of what you are seeing is likely the difference in the technologies. I know opinions differ, but I just don't think that even the best LCD matches the better plasma screen performance. And when you get out of LCD's sweet spot--higher ambient light levels and straight on viewing--the difference is not even close. Not trying to start an LCD vs. Plasma flame war here, just my opinion.
Another thing is that LCD is much much harder to calibrate properly. In addition to all the usual white and black level settings to mess with, you've got the issue of how much backlighting you want to give the LCD. I've probably spent 5 times the amount of time playing with my Sony LCD as I have with the Fujitsu.
All that having been said, I would try the 6412 at 720p for the Sharp and see if that improves the performance. This might help, particularly with 720p broadcasts (such as ABC and ESPN). This is also one area related to my gripe (a post or two above) about the lack of a native passthrough on the 6412. If you set the 6412 to output 720p, it's going to have to do the scaling on 1080i programming (CBS, NBC, HBO, etc.) One expects that the 6412 scaling is going to be weaker than whatever your Fuji or even your Sharp would be able to do itself on 1080i broadcasting.
Try to find a tips guide on the internet for calibrating the Sharp--I expect you would be able to get some help in the other board in the forum here, for example. There may be internal settings that would improve the performance, particularly for SD.
But bottom line, I don't think that Sharp will ever look as good as the Fuji. But then I bet that Fuji cost a few bucks more . . . .