Originally Posted by Vashti
Also, I'm not loving my TV picture. It doesn't feel very sharp. There's not much pop to it. HD-DVDs look amazing!!! So I know it's not the TV. Should I use different settings for TV than HD-DVD? Am I just expecting too much from the TV? I appreciate any help on this too.
Vashti, I'm not sure if you had your set ISF'd yet (I don't think you have if I recall). If you did, that might explain why you feel the way you do about the 'pop'. Very few people that have watched TV over the years, will think their TV has the same 'pop' that it did before the set was ISF'd.
It's the nature of the ISF process to 'tame things down' a bit. The goal is to calibrate to a known standard and often times that picture is simply not as poppy as the picture of a TV out-of-the-box or one that was adjusted by the typical user. Rest assured though that the ISF picture is more 'accurate'. Whether or not you like that accurate picture is subjective. I'm sure you know by now I use CS1 instead of CS2 because I've decided to throw accuracy to a standard out the window and use 'accuracy to the real word as I see it' instead. To me that picture not only has more 'pop', but also looks more convincingly like the world as I see it. I've also never agreed with having the sharpness set at -15 or thereabouts. To me the goal is to achieve maximum sharpness without artifacts such as ringing. Artifacts such as that are very distracting and ruin the viewing experience. I can easily set my sharpness to -5 or even higher and not see any evidence of ringing with any program material I view. To me -15 does indeed present a somewhat soft picture. With the sharpness set as I have it, the picture is razor sharp without artifacts.
What I would do in your situation is to verify your settings for the HD DVD input and write those down. Check your settings for the TV input and write those down too. Then simply copy your HD DVD settings to the TV input and see how you like it. If you don't you can always go back to the TV parameters you wrote down.
Also make sure your STB is outputting 1080i. If it isn't, that could certainly explain your observations.