Originally Posted by JasonWW
...people complaining about this sets poor SD image quality. It is in fact very good.
I agree. I know what poor SD looks like. I lived with it for 3 years with my KF-50XBR800. In comparison, SD on the SXRD sets is amazingly good.
I suspect that complaints about SD on SXRD sets stems from some combination of the following factors:
1. Bad signal/bad content. "Garbage in, garbage out" applies just as much to digital television as it does to digital computers.
2. The new Set Top Box is now upconverting SD to HD. It's provided free by the cable or satellite service. It doesn't do a good job. It may not have the ability to "pass through" the signal so the TV can do whatever upconversion may be required, or the owner/operator may not configure it to do so (for whatever reason.)
3. It's often the case that the new TV, in addition to its other differences with the owner's previous set, has a much larger screen. SD just doesn't have enough pixels to look all that good on any 4:3 screen larger than about 36". A 50" 16:9 screen is equivalent to a 42" 4:3 screen.
4. Direct-view CRTs have a certain "look" to the images they produce. Of the modern digital TV technologies, plasmas look more like CRTs than does any of the competition. Personally, I find the CRT/plasma look to be unnatural. But many prefer it, perhaps for no other reason than it's what they're used to. I believe this factor strongly accounts for people's dissatisfaction with the way SD looks on non-plasma TVs, and also accounts (to some extent, at least) for the preference for plasma screens.