|Originally posted by jcblack
Video Mode? Are they saying that when the tv is showing video input 1, 2 or 3 (composite and svideo), that the video is sent out the monitor output as well as shown on screen? When it is on dtv or dvd input that it would't show monitor out?
My interpretation was that:
'DTV Mode' allows you to watch a feed via the DVD or DTV inputs (at 480p or 1080i respectively) ... but no signal is sent to the 'monitor out'. No recording from the TV when in 'DTV Mode'
'Video Mode' allows you to watch a feed via any of the other inputs (or the internal tuner) ... and send the signal to the monitor out.
I went over to Costco today ...
There is a 'HDTV' label on the top left of the case ... and a 'Dolby Digital' one on the top right. These two labels are a metalic blue which at certain agles reflects very brightly. The Daewoo at the bottom is also very silver (but nothing 'glows' as I had remembered). The power button on the floor model was not straight. The side-inputs are not recessed very much ... so you can see them very easily if you're right of center of the TV. Other than that, it looked pretty good. To me, it looked less 'busy' (and therefore better) then the Samsung Tantus 30" sitting beside it. Not a big fan of silver cabinets though ... and this one seemed a little brighter then most (I prefer black or matte gray).
It was connected to an STB via S-Video ... image seemed acceptable.
I couldn't figure out how to change the 'Display Mode' ... so I didn't have a chance to look at "Zoom, Normal, Full". I THINK it was in 4:3 'Full' mode ... which seemed to keep the aspect normal in the center ... and stretch the sides to get a 16:9 image. But I could be mistaken on this.
Switched it to DTV mode for kicks (no signal). I was a little concerned that the menu was very jumpy/jittery when in DTV mode. Perhaps it had to do with the lack of signal. It didn't have the same problem when in normal 'Video' mode.
$100 mail-in-rebate available (so $1399 total)