Just got finished reading the entire thread. Hmm, OK, I just bought the TXN3075 a week ago and I've noticed some strange things too...
When fading from white to black, I see what looks like "color-banding" only black and white. I'm watching 4:3 content non-stretched in standard mode. The 4:3 area seems to have varying bands of darkness within eachother, all less and less distinct (No sharp corners) and variable in size as the fade progresses. I've noticed the warping while this is going on also.
If this is the only problem, I really don't care... But I own a Gamecube + XBOX. The problem is that, other than unofficial applications on the XBOX, I expect to be using the GC a hell of a lot more when my component cables arrive (On order) and many GC progressive scan games are 4:3 aspect (Sadly, Metroid Prime). This would exasperbate this TV's other flaws. Am I correct that I will be FORCED to play this game stretched to widescreen? Isn't that what you guys mean by it being "locked" in 480p? Imagine what my GB Player Gameboy Advance games will look like! Is there an HD tuner available with a second component input and some sort of "aspect ratio over-ride?" I don't have the money for a more expensive set nor the HD tuner I'm theorizing about, but I NEED THIS feature! It would be a huge comfort to know that I will at least be able to do this in the future. I do not want to use composite for other inputs because of the vertical bars mentioned earlier in the thread. I would have to use RF.
As for those vertical bars, so far, I've only noticed them with a cheap-o APEX DVD player because I've watched all TV off the integrated tuner via RF/COAX. With this player, we noticed it most when the screen was dark (Credits, fades, etc) but it was MUCH worse than I've seen in this thread. I assumed it was the cheap-o DVD player. I tried S-video and it was improved, but no-where near eliminated. I tried an expensive but cheaper "Monster Cable rival" composite cable and it was about the same or slightly better. Then when my friend was disconnecting it, I was able to watch the screen and as soon as he started wiggleing the wire the bars got so bad they were LITERALLY white! Even while it was still fully connected. Of course, this just confirmed to us that the DVD player was at fault until I read this thread. We connected my laptop via S-Video to watch the DVD and it wasn't really noticable, but after reading this thread I checked again and it is still apparant. This DVD player must output a "low signal" as mentioned earlier in the thread. Because it is not apparant when using the integrated tuner, I urge everyone without an HD-Tuner to use it instead of a VCR or whatever you are using. This bites if I'm going to have to connect my SNES, Genesis, N64, Gamecube, etc through RF.
And to top it all off, the XBOX primarily uses 720p and this TV doesn't agree.
Now, this is actually my first TV purchase ever. I've dealt with freebies and "found at the dumpster" TVs all my life. I have no experience tweaking a modern TV and the AVIA DVD vs. 1080i situation sounds interesting. Does anyone know if any homebrew XBOX software DVD player can play 1080i? That sounds like the perfect solution. I heard there is a flag in the XBE file header which can force the XBOX to output certain progressive modes with any application. Or is the XBOX incapable of 1080i and whoever it was in the thread was full of crap when they mentioned the XBOX and 1080i?
Oh! And one more thing:
The last review of this set @ Circuit City's web site says:
|This is NOT a HDTV
This cannot be HDTV! By definition, to be HDTV, a set has
to use at least 720 lines of resolution when displaying the programs. This TV has a maximal resolution of 800 lines, but does not support the 720P format. It claims to support only the 1080i format, which actually requires 1080 lines of resolution. Since the TV is incapable of using more than 800 lines, I assume that the 1080i is down-converted to 480P and displayed as 480P - which is NOT HDTV. r 1080i in a 16:9 area or 720p in a 16:9 viewable area. The TXN3075WHF is capable of scanning 1080i in the 16:9 viewable area, thus satisfying the definition of an HDTV Monitor. A 1080i input source is not down converted to 480p. A 1080i input source is scanned at 1080i on all Samsung DynaFlat HD sets. We hope this addresses your concerns and again, we thank you for your comments.
Is this guy full of it? He seems to contradict himself when he says "By definition, to be HDTV, a set has to use at least 720 lines of resolution when displaying the programs. This TV has a maximal resolution of 800 lines" after saying that it is not HD. Anyway, where did he find this "800 lines" spec? I haven't seen it!
Also, does anyone have the downloadable service manual? I'd like to have the discrete codes on file for when I need them :) And you people posting settings for your TV need to mention what TV they are for in the same post. It's ridiculous to have to find your name earlier in the thread or remember it like Rain Man only to find out that they aren't for your TV. I had to use the search function and dig through your other posts to find out :rolleyes: