Originally Posted by mattg3
Freddy 202s post about awful pq on sd material has put the break on my 54v purchase.I was up grading from a pioneer 433cmx that always made sd dvds look great( depending on the source).Im wondering if he was talking about sd off the air broadcasts which did look pretty bad on the 433 but not sd dvds.Since I have loads of concert and movie sd dvds that will never end up on blu-ray(nor do I want to buy them again)the sd pq is very important to me.ill also be sitting about 7 ft from the screen.Should I give up the panny 54v upgrade and hope next year will present a model more in line to fulfill my needs?
Poor Freddy has Comcast, the worst excuse for a cable company on the planet. I have Directv and the SD isn't bad on my older Panasonic Plasma, but I don't waste my time watching SD anymore. I too have DVD's and I am in the process of replacing some of those with blu rays. Directv gives me enough options that I don't have to watch SD anymore. All my local channels are in HD and Directv's assortment of HD content is impressive.
Once you get used to HD, SD becomes unwatchable. I don't know any display that really does SD that well. In some instances your DVD player could impact the picture, but not that much. Don't buy into the myth that upconversion turns an SD source into "almost like HD", that's not true. You can't make chicken salad out of chicken "chit". If the source material is average, it doesn't become "HD like" with a DVD player's processing.
Keep in mind that the larger the display(of any model)the more you can see, both good and bad. When you get a larger display and a good HD source it's a great viewing experience.