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post #661 of 770
I just got a 32ex400 and I cant get it to connect to my cablebox
post #662 of 770
Hey all, got a quick question. I have a 7, or 8 year old DVD player I got back from my mom, after giving her a blu-ray player with the HDTV I gave her after I upgraded my tvs.

The player I got back is a Toshiba SD-310V, it's rock solid player and far nicer then many of the cheap players made today. This unit is a legacy DVD player e.g. no progressive scan, but component video compatible.

Here are my challenges, every now and then the video will flick out from the unit in transitional video e.g. a station logo to warning etc, or previews to menu, or menu to movie. Usually the audio continues to play. I'm wondering if this device is conflicting with the TV since it's unable to directly output progressive scan video, and the TV is having to de-interlace. As far as movie playback, it's flawless and beautiful.

If anyone has suggestions of what's causing the occasional glitch with non movie content video, let me know thanks.
post #663 of 770
Looking to buy the 40EX400 as to my eye looked the best in the store. I'll be honest I don't have the time to read every one of the 23 pages worth of posts in this thread. Can somebody give me an overall consensus of this model?

Seemed like everybody was high on them at first on here (read the first few pages of replies), then came the ghosting/panel issues (in the late replies).

So is it worth the $580?

I will not be using this tv for gaming. Strictly for HD cable. Not even for movies as I already have a 58" Sammy in the basement.

Will be replacing a 2007 32" Vizio 720P LCD.
post #664 of 770
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Originally Posted by erock9174 View Post
Looking to buy the 40EX400 as to my eye looked the best in the store. I'll be honest I don't have the time to read every one of the 23 pages worth of posts in this thread. Can somebody give me an overall consensus of this model?

Seemed like everybody was high on them at first on here (read the first few pages of replies), then came the ghosting/panel issues (in the late replies).

So is it worth the $580?

I will not be using this tv for gaming. Strictly for HD cable. Not even for movies as I already have a 58" Sammy in the basement.

Will be replacing a 2007 32" Vizio 720P LCD.
I think this set produces good image quality with relatively deep blacks. I haven't had any complaints with my 32EX400.

You have to keep in mind this is not their top of the line set but for the price it's a good set. If you wanted a bit better performance you could go with the EX500.

For standard TV signals where the best you'll get is 1080i (unless you order movies on demand and they provide 1080p) the picture quality will be great. LCD has it's negatives and hopefully you are aware of those.

I switched to a plasma which has some positives for me over LCD and I picked it up for $570ish during November sales. (a Panasonic 1080p 42" S2)
post #665 of 770
Thanks for the reply.

I do love my Sammy 58" plamsa but this TV is for our living room which will endure alot of pausing of live tv. Being we have a 15 month year old to chase after . My wife has a habit of pausing for over an hour at a time. To my knowledge this doesnt hurt an LCD, to where a plasma could generate burn in which I want to avoid. Also we have 3 large 6' tall windows behind the couch which I am afraid of the glare on the plasma. Although we'll probably still have to shut the blinds even with an LCD. I know we do now with the 32" LCD Vizio we have.
post #666 of 770
Yes, LCD is much more resistant to burn-in, but it can still happen. That's why usually if a TV is going to double as a computer monitor, usually the recommendation is to get LCD.
post #667 of 770
Is it just me or is the EX400 missing a clock / Time??? Nothing on the manual about it. however, there is sleep timer...I have ten year old sony plasma that has a built-in clock/time and Timer...what year is this again????

Any help is greatly apreciated.
post #668 of 770
40EX400 for $439 or 46ex400 for $574 with Sony Card purchase.

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthr...id=0&t=2631211
post #669 of 770
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Originally Posted by bmw325 View Post

Is it just me or is the EX400 missing a clock / Time??? Nothing on the manual about it. however, there is sleep timer...I have ten year old sony plasma that has a built-in clock/time and Timer...what year is this again????

No clock that I've found. Frankly I find that "feature" to be useless. FWIW we have a cheap 19" Magnavox LCD that has one... used to be in the bedroom but now in the laundry room. Since the TV is not internet connected I have to set the clock any time we lose power. Some of our VCR's (remember those?) and our DVD recorder search for time transmissions but I don't know exactly how that works. Also some TV's pick up program info and channel guides, others don't. I'm sure there is some circuitry involved, but if a set doesn't have it then that's no big deal afaic. I bought the Sony for its picture. My greatest complaint with the Sony is the poor audio.
post #670 of 770
RobLee,

Thanks for your honest input...not a big deal for me either...It's just very noticable when they take away features you become used to...with all digital broadcasting should be no brainer to push out accurate time to "digital" TVs. I have $10 digital coverter box that has it...and never have to set time on it..you set the time zone and forget it...

I like to have the tv wake me up to the morning news...not much to ask :-(
post #671 of 770
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Originally Posted by bmw325 View Post
... they take away features you become used to...with all digital broadcasting should be no brainer to push out accurate time to "digital" TVs. I have $10 digital coverter box that has it...and never have to set time on it..you set the time zone and forget it... I like to have the tv wake me up to the morning news...not much to ask :-(
Waking up to the news sounds good - better than a buzzing alarm, but to be honest I've never seen an alarm feature on a TV (not saying it doesn't exist!) I've had about a dozen TV's and each has had something the others didn't... they're not really taking anything away I guess.

But it is sometimes surprising to "discover" that they didn't include some feature (more like shock and awe). We have a cheap Yamaha 365 receiver in the family room, and it has adjustable mute level, so it can just turn the volume way down but still hear what's going on. Then I bought a Yammie 565 for the bedroom... I assumed it would do everything the 365 did, but no... no variable mute, just on or off. What the...??!!!

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EDIT - just watched the news on our bedroom LCD, a 26" Dynex (BB house brand) that cost a quarter
of what I paid for the Sony. Pressing the "info" button displays the signal strength, video resolution,
audio encode, and (drum roll please) the date and time. No apparent alarm function though.
post #672 of 770
Hi everyone. Just got a 32" EX400 and it's a great TV. I tried using the RCA audio out, and it outputs sound to my speakers, but it seems that it is bypassing all the audio controls on the TV. Muting the TV, raising/lowering the volume does not adjust the output. I tried setting the sound to "audio system" in the settings. Does anyone know how to fix this?
post #673 of 770
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Originally Posted by meanmeanstride View Post
Hi everyone. Just got a 32" EX400 and it's a great TV. I tried using the RCA audio out, and it outputs sound to my speakers, but it seems that it is bypassing all the audio controls on the TV. Muting the TV, raising/lowering the volume does not adjust the output. I tried setting the sound to "audio system" in the settings. Does anyone know how to fix this?
Nothing to fix, it's not broken. TV doesn't do variable out through RCA, only fixed out.
post #674 of 770
That's too bad... I bought this TV mainly because it was one of the few on the market with RCA out. I figure I can plug the RCA into my cable box when I watch TV, and plug it back into my TV for playing PS3.
post #675 of 770
How are these on the motion blur/input lag front? Can't seem to.find out how to search threads with the avs android app?
post #676 of 770
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How are these on the motion blur/input lag front? Can't seem to.find out how to search threads with the avs android app?

No input lag on my 32EX402 panel, some noticeable motion blur in dark scenes from dark objects only, doesn't bother me actually and I play often and aplenty.
post #677 of 770
That makes me really happy LOL. Got my 40ex400 coming in the mail. So excited this is my first 1080 set. Can't wait to watch Shaun of the dead in native 1080/24p lol
post #678 of 770
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Originally Posted by RushAOZ View Post

That makes me really happy LOL. Got my 40ex400 coming in the mail. So excited this is my first 1080 set. Can't wait to watch Shaun of the dead in native 1080/24p lol

It won't be native 1080/24p. The ex400 line is a 60hz set so it will incorporate a 3:2 pulldown. (or you can have the blu-ray player handle the 3:2 pulldown)

It will still look amazing though and you will probably not notice the benefits of a true 24p display unless you come from one that had this feature. (you would need a display that offers native 24p mode and has one of these refresh rates: 48hz, 72hz, 96hz, 120hz, 240hz)
post #679 of 770
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Originally Posted by fairchild99 View Post

It won't be native 1080/24p. The ex400 line is a 60hz set so it will incorporate a 3:2 pulldown. (or you can have the blu-ray player handle the 3:2 pulldown)

It will still look amazing though and you will probably not notice the benefits of a true 24p display unless you come from one that had this feature. (you would need a display that offers native 24p mode and has one of these refresh rates: 48hz, 72hz, 96hz, 120hz, 240hz)


i was doing some research on this tonight, but i'm still very unclear on the topic.

apparently, True Cinema 24p means that this TV is capable of displaying in 1080/24p. there isn't an option to turn True Cinema ON/OFF anywhere, though.

my question is this: Will setting CINEMOTION to AUTO override 24p output and result in inverse telecine? should CINEMOTION be turned OFF for blu-rays?

i tried testing this with Cinemotion turned to AUTO and back to OFF and during slow panning scenes on Blu-Ray and couldn't notice any difference.
post #680 of 770
also, thought i'd mention. when playing blu-ray content on my Viewsonic computer monitor which is 24" 1080p 60hz, i get TONS of judder and flicker also. when i connect the exact same player to my 46EX400 there is significantly LESS judder in the exact same blu-ray scenes. i really don't find the apparent judder that is there to be bothersome at all.
post #681 of 770
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Originally Posted by roscoejackson View Post

i was doing some research on this tonight, but i'm still very unclear on the topic.

apparently, True Cinema 24p means that this TV is capable of displaying in 1080/24p. there isn't an option to turn True Cinema ON/OFF anywhere, though.

my question is this: Will setting CINEMOTION to AUTO override 24p output and result in inverse telecine? should CINEMOTION be turned OFF for blu-rays?

i tried testing this with Cinemotion turned to AUTO and back to OFF and during slow panning scenes on Blu-Ray and couldn't notice any difference.

Cinemotion is more for interlaced sources 480i/1080i so that it performs the 3:2 pulldown. To my knowledge it doesn't do anything on progressive sources like 480p/720p/1080p.

The reason for it possibly having less judder on pans in 24p content is because it has a better 3:2 pulldown than your other device, so the judder is less noticeable.
post #682 of 770
I always wondered what cinemotion actually does. So basically keep it on for DVD and off for bluray and videos games??
post #683 of 770
Just keep it on Auto. It shouldn't mess anything up or cause any conflicts on this set.
post #684 of 770
I had an HD video demo up on youtube a while back, that was before I clicked the wrong checkbox and deleted all existing videos, when adding a new one, then having to delete it due to technical difficulties.

This is an SD demo over Component and standard DVD. I chose to do this because people complaint a lot about SD quality on HDTVs. This is proof SD can look good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWCjIid7T6A
post #685 of 770
Am I the only one who actually likes the Ambient Light Sensor?

I have it On with a backlight level of 5. I find that it gives me perfect lighting for daytime and nighttime viewing. With it turned off I would have to change backlight settings for day/night viewing. I don't notice it having any effect at all on colors or anything else.

Just curious why nobody seems to like it.
post #686 of 770
I'm gonna test it out when I get my set. My bx300 doesn't have it. I don't think I'm gonna use it. Only because I'm sure its gonna drop the backlighting lower than I would like. Minimum for me is 6 and the highest I go is 9. That might change going from a 32 to a 40 though. Can't wait this thing isn't coming fast enough!!! Sony likes to send confirmations that poke fun at me.
"Something big and fun is coming to you in the mail..."
Then I notice the 7 day shipping.
zzzzzzzzz
post #687 of 770
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Originally Posted by roscoejackson View Post

Am I the only one who actually likes the Ambient Light Sensor? I have it On with a backlight level of 5. I find that it gives me perfect lighting for daytime and nighttime viewing. With it turned off I would have to change backlight settings for day/night viewing. I don't notice it having any effect at all on colors or anything else. Just curious why nobody seems to like it.

We have the 46" and ran with the sensor ON as default for a couple months. It worked fine for most television viewing, but for many movies (BR mostly) it was just way too dark. I goosed the backlight up to 6 and 7 and found that on 2:40:1 widescreen movies, as most of them are, the black bands at the top and bottom were very bright... more like gray than black, which was very distracting. Rather than constantly turning the sensor off and on, instead I just leave the sensor off and use the energy saver to adjust the brightness.
post #688 of 770
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

We have the 46" and ran with the sensor ON as default for a couple months. It worked fine for most television viewing, but for many movies (BR mostly) it was just way too dark. I goosed the backlight up to 6 and 7 and found that on 2:40:1 widescreen movies, as most of them are, the black bands at the top and bottom were very bright... more like gray than black, which was very distracting. Rather than constantly turning the sensor off and on, instead I just leave the sensor off and use the energy saver to adjust the brightness.


i played around with settings again tonight. i've had this TV for 7 months and as time has passed i've progressively found that super bright/contrasty settings aren't a good thing to me. i've lowered Picture and Sharpness settings. At first i ran with it a 96 Picture, 3 sharpness, image enhancers on. but after settling in, all those things i read on the internet about turning all image enhancers off and going for the cleanest, most natural pic turned out to be true to me. 90+, 50+, 50+ and sharpness any higher than 1 is too much to my eyes. and ambient sensor on with backlight of 5 is sort of dim at night but i think it looks fantastic.

jesus now i sound as OCD as some of the loons on this board. well, i'm not. quite. i'm just high.
post #689 of 770
Not at all. I lower sharpness for that smoother look. Having a panel that does 1366x768 with say a ps3 produces jaggies if the sharpness setting is left at default. ****ing Sony part of the reason I order this TV is because I want to achieve a 1:1 pixel ratio with my ps3 since it has no scaler chip.
post #690 of 770
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Originally Posted by bmw325 View Post

Is it just me or is the EX400 missing a clock / Time??? Nothing on the manual about it. however, there is sleep timer...I have ten year old sony plasma that has a built-in clock/time and Timer...what year is this again????

Any help is greatly apreciated.

lol I actually noticed this about a week after I got the set, seemed really weird, but it's no big deal anyway
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