Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Northern VA, USA
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I've had the 42" A10 for about a week now, and I absolutely love it. I have an H10 feeding it the satellite signal via HDMI, and the SD quality ranges from decent to excellent. Some channels just look like garbage, but since they looked poor on my "old" 32" XBR too, I can't fault the new TV.
DVD's look fantastic, but again, they're completely source dependant. LoTR's and the original Star Wars films look absolutely stunning... while some lower quality discs can be a bit hard to watch. One thing I did notice is that the TV's zoom feature appears to be very good, as I have a few 4:3 letterbox DVD's I thought I would have to retire. As it turns out, most of them looked very good. I was very impressed. The player is a Pioneer 320 recorder, connected via component cables. I would love to get a high-quality upconverting player so I can see if it makes any difference, but I own a pretty good number of out of region movies, so I require that "special feature", which makes my options limited. I thought seriously about importing one of the European Pioneer Elite models (which come in silver to match the rest of my gear), but it would suck to drop that kind of dime on something only to not see any real difference in the picture quality.
The few HD broadcasts look incredible... there's nothing more I can say. Even with my satellite providers poor HD quality (I'm pretty sure you can figure out who I'm referring to), the picture is still awesome. I am seriously considering hitting up the local cable provider for a good deal so I can get some "real" HD channels.
Not a big fan of the dynamic iris, although with certain content it is somewhat useful. I just turned it off after getting my settings where I wanted them to be.
The red push is strong, and I would love to get the set calibrated by a professional. Any recommendations on a tech in the Northern Virginia area?
The digital out seems worthless, which was very disappointing. I had hoped that it would act as a pass through, so I could just feed the HDMI cable to the set, then the digital out to my A/V receiver. The TV will play sound via HDMI through its own speakers, but all attempts to get it to pass the signal to my receiver have failed. It's not a really big deal, but a bit annoying nonetheless.
I'll post some pics of it running various content in a little bit, so you can have a look for yourself.