Originally Posted by Makaveli Tha Don
bearing in mind that some of this is dependent on the specific capabilities or limitations of your own display, I was kinda trying to find out exactly what my own personal display was capable of itself, and I'm just wondering are the stats on the "digital chroma decoder" what I would be looking for in determining what my own set can display?
It would be pretty unusual for any manufacture published stats to discuss this stuff. They know it just confuses the heck out of folks, and anyway they'd rather have their customers jump to the conclusion the TV must do everything. Perfectly. That somewhere inside it is a little black box labeled, "Part No: 0112011023 -- A Miracle Occurs".
Last time I checked, it was pretty hard to find any definitive information on what goes on inside any of the popular displays. All you can be sure of is what the set accepts as input formats and what the result looks like on screen after proper calibration (and even that is subject to tester skill and various forms of bias).
Also please keep in mind that if there ARE bugs or poor design choices in your display, that they may only crop up with certain combos of input format and user setting choices. For example, you may find that some "picture mode" settings don't work well with certain input formats, even though there's no logical reason for them to be sensitive to the input format.
And if you like to use Source Direct from the player, keep in mind that some displays may have bugs that are peculiar to HDMI 480i input (as from SD-DVDs). For example, they may not properly convert SD color space to HD color space when fed YCbCr, but have no problem when fed RGB. Really, TVs (and AVRs) are pretty complex systems, and the marvel is that there are not MORE bugs in them. You just have to keep checking stuff until you are confident you know what works correctly in your particular hardware they way you, particularly, are trying to use it.
By the way, this is one of the reasons professional (ISF) calibration techs get the big bucks.