Originally Posted by steve_togo
I am new to HDTV and I purchased my 46 inch 550 series a couple of days back. I have real trouble calibrating it and my SD is pathetic. HD looks nice and I am not sure how else I can calibrate this TV.
I tried all the settings posted in this thread and they dont look good on my TV at all. I was also wondering how do you identify the manufactured date for these TV's and also
what else settings I can manipulate so this telivision can atleast be watchable for me.
I have a new Comcast DVR and HDMI cable which is more than a year old. I am not sure whether I need the new 1.3 version of HDMI cable to improve my TV. I tried Component cables too but that was not of much help.
Please help me....
Kelly - how close are you to the TV? SD is, well, so so - it's likely not the TV, it's the quality of the content. If you are really close, it is going to look grainy and kind of, enh. I sit 8 feet from my 46 and some of it just looks nasty.
Someone else mentioned this - try changing the picture mode ('p size' button near the bottom of the remote) to 4:3 when watching SD channels. It will give you big bars on the side, but could improve the picture a little.
As far as the cable, I'm no expert, but my guess is that changing it won't really help with SD channels.
If you want to play around with settings, I'd say use 'movie' mode with some of the calibrations here for your HD content. The play with 'standard' mode reducing sharpness, turning off edge enhancement; lowering the dynamic contrast and some other things to see if you can get something you can work with for your SD channels. If you get something then you can just switch modes when you want to watch SD channels.
Oh, and demand more HD (non-compressed!) from Comcast!