Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Lake County, Illinois
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I've had my 36" Tau for about a week. It replaced the 41 model I had before. I noticed a couple of things:
1. On the 41 when I was displaying a 1080i signal, it forced me to watch in 16:9 mode. Now I have the option of watching 1080i in 4:3. I'm not sure how this works, but it does. I haven't tried it with real HD content yet to see how it looks, but last night I was watching Sex and the City on HBOHD. I put it into 4:3 mode and a few minutes in there was severe distortion on the top 3 inches of the screen. Almost like the vertical hold was messed up. So I went back to 480i and left it at that. Has anyone else seen anything like this?
2. When I display a DVD (I have an old JVC DVD player w/o proscan), it forces me to watch in 4:3. If I bought a new DVD player, would it let me watch in 16:9? When I go into service mode, it allows me to select 16:9 and 4:3, but it just shrinks the size. So I would imagine I need to get a DVD player that is only going to send 16:9 info. Correct?
3. A really nice feature is that this model allows you to "skip" video inputs that you aren't using. So you don't have to go through 6 inputs to switch, kind of nice. It would be better if you could just select which one via a remote button, but this will do I guess.
4. The more I watch this set, the more I am convinced that pq is far better than on the 41. I had the 41 for about a month and was not that happy with the picture, with the 42 I am very happy with the picture.
5. My wife is convinced that the picture looks better with VM selected, but I am not. So it is off for now. It is neat to be able to go back and forth to see the difference on certain screens. I don't think it is nearly as aggressive as on previous models of the Tau.
6. If you have this model, then I think it would be a must to alter the geometry in the service menu. My set was _way_ off when I got it and now is pretty respectable. The Avia disk helped tremendously in getting the screen set up properly.