About your comment on sound:
Originally Posted by qdizzle
First of all thanks for the new firmware and tips and tricks from maverickrohan.
Yesterday I picked up the PFL 40" 5505D and have been enjoying it so far experimenting with OTA HD and SD, DVD, Xbox 360, and HD from my macbook by HDMI. It is the nicest TV I have played with so far as my other TV is a 32" VisionQuest.
I updated from the 13 firmware to the 16. I really liked that the text for the numbers was hollow in 13 and am disappointed that there is no option in 16 to set it back instead of the white fill. Also kind of surprised there is no option to turn off the clock displaying after channel changes. No biggy though. Audio quality is fair; occasionally there are some unattractive high pitches. I reduced the trebley bands a touch and like the sound a bit better. Disappointing that there is no composite audio out but perhaps there are dongles that can allow me to hook up a stereo system?
I really like that you can save video settings by device. Although I may have found a minor bug. I set HDMI 1 to PC and then used my computers video preferences to adjust the 5505D's resolution to x768. When I plugged my 360's HDMI into HDMI 1 it is now windowed into the centre at x768. Solved by adding a video game profile and using HDMI 2. Perhaps this is an intentional feature but it doesn't help for my purposes.
Physically I like the simplicity of the bezel and lack of obtrusive lights on the front. However the location of the HDMI inputs is terrible. My 28AWG HDMIs from monoprice barely fit and probably put pressure on the internals because of how they push out of the small shallow input area. Can't even hide the HDMI behind the tv because of this side/back location and I am wondering if I am going to have to get flat cables to handle this issue and if maybe even the flat ones from monoprice will be too chunky at the connection end itself.
Also no biggy but I'd have to second that the controller's signal is a bit weak and the controller itself is surprisingly weighty.
HD pq is excellent but SD pq is kind of poor, even compared to my junker tv. And as said, audio could be better. I will probably keep it but I still have a month to put it through its paces. There are some ups and downs but for this 120hz HD pq the price was right.
As TVs become thinner and the soundbar / HTS market sizes grow ... TVs are never going to sound better.
I remember when I had my Sony Kirarra Basso CRT Trinitron back in the day ... that thing sounded monstrous compared to TVs today.
Basically the soundbar is a product category which grew out of necessity due to LCD TV sizes shrinking rather than anything else.
Bottom-line ... New TVs are never going to sound good ...About your PC res:
Why have you set it to 768p on a 1080p panel?HDMI jacks:
You said you hate them on this TV ... wait till you see HDMI jacks on LED TVs
... Also, HDMI being digital, I have no clue why certain cables have such a big housing for the connector ... I totally don't get it ... it makes no difference to signal quality at all ... As long as the cable itself is sufficiently & appropriately shielded ... it works just fine.About your comment on SD vs HD PQ:
SD content looks good on a 720p TV, it looks worse on a 1080p TV and will look even more worse on 4kx2k panel.If you want to know the reason why, do a simple experiment:
Download a 640x480 image from the web & use a common tool like Microsoft Office Image Editor, Photoshop, etc. and re-size the image to 720p, 1080p & 2160p and then view the images in any image viewer at 100% scaling.
Tell me how the images look when digitally scaled up ?
About why it looked good on old CRT TVs ... it is because CRT TVs used optical projection (analog) to scale an image to fit the screen vs. digital scaling used in LCD TVs
Good examples of optical scaling are movie projectors & photo slide projectors.
Another thing to keep in mind is ... digitally scaling up non-linear surfaces always causes degradation in image quality.
i.e. Optically (analog) scaling up a curve to fit a larger screen will create some blur as the size of the screen increases but maintains the look of the curve.
On the other hand, digitally scaling up a curve causes aliasing artifacts since it is represented by square pixels which are derived using various interpolation methods.