Originally Posted by Yooper13
I plan to buy this TV in the next couple of days. I have a couple of questions and I'm new to this stuff (this will be my first HDTV), so bear with me:
1) Are monster cables really worth it? - $120 for HDMI monster cables is a lot to spend.
2) I have a progessive scan DVD plan - is it worth it to upgrade to a HD-DVD player (there's a Samsung out there for $150 that I was looking at if so)?
3) I already have a Motorola DVR from Comcast which I use for my SD television. It says it is HDTV ready. Do I need to upgrade or can I just use that one (I can already view the HDTV channels on my SD TV). How will non-HDTV channels look on this TV when running through this digital cable box?
4) What's a good calibration DVD to purchase and where can I purchase it?
5) Am I making the right television choice here?
Thanks for any help.
Question 1 :
I have an older first generation DVD player, the signal is fed to my Sony VHS recorder, then to the TV. The PQ is superb even with this set up. Then I bought a Sony DVD with progressive scan recently and hooked it to the TV through the component input (using py, pb and py), I did not see any real noticeable improvement. I later found out that the TV has a built in feature called DRC:
Digital Reality Creation (DRC) Multifunction Unlike conventional line doublers, the DRC Multifunction feature replaces the signal's NTSC waveform with the HD equivalent, while doubling the number of vertical and horizontal lines. This results in four times the density for quality sources, such as DVD, satellite and digital camcorders. The Video Menu allows you to select interlaced, progressive or CineMotion output.
It seems to improve the signal from the DVD player, so I would not buy the monster cable until you have tried using the DVD with a regular cable first.
Qustion 2 : see above
Question 3 : I have Comcast High Speed Internet with the 12 channels basic option. The TV has two antenna inputs, one for over the air signal and one for cable. I can now get over 100 channels (mostly music stations) from the Comcast cable including some HDTV signal (like ABC, NBC ....). Non-HDTV channels look better than my older Sony TV.
Question 4 : You can use any calibration disk. I created one from using the patterns from this website : http://www.tigerdave.com/test_patterns.htm
Question 5 : Yes. If you need confirmation, read the March 2005 issue of Consumer's Report.