Originally Posted by Kelegacy
I bought this tv back in January and since the start I have never been in love.
For starters, during childrens shows especially, or even vibrant commercials, I have lots of color trails. If a bright blue picture moves on a while background during a commercial, I see it and all the letters of the show trail slightly after. That is really annoying. During movies and stuff it isn't a big deal, but for bright shows, it's noticeable. Moreso when you first start the tv (like it's warming up?) but it never goes away.
I have seen this in DVDs too I believe, so it isn't a signal issue. BRs, I can't tell even during vibrant shows like UP or Despicable Me. I will need to check again on that.
Second, my television (cable/satellite) picture is not sharp as it should be. If you step towards it you can see the picture is fuzzier and just not sharp. My father in law has a 55" Sony LCD that is a year older than this one, and it makes me foam at the mouth when I am at his house. It's how tv SHOULD look. Even up close there is no pixelation and it's sharp. He has commented on how tv shows on mine look worse, and it irritates me!
First we both had Time Warner and then we both switched to DirecTV, and the difference is still night and day--his picture is miles better than mine. The same guy installed our DirecTV, too. The only thing it could be is either his tv is much better than mine, meaning this Sharp is a POS, or something is causing my poor picture quality.
However, there is one thing that is consistent between my DirecTV picture and Time Warner problems--the DirecTV tech used the same coax that goes to my tv that was there previously. All other wires are new since I still have Cable internet--new wires feed from the satellite into the basement, hits a splitter thing, then the old cable goes up through the floor and into my living room. I am hooked up via HDMI on everything and the box is set at 1080i. Even 720p still looks fairly lousy, and I have a great reception from the satellite.
Looking at the cable, I believe it's still RG6, but it's super old. It was back from when Adelphia was the cable company, and Time Warner bought them out. The cable still has Adelphia's name on it.
I bought a new, hopefully higher quality coax to try out to see if it improves the picture--it should be in my mail tomorrow night. If it works, I'll squeal. If not, it's the tv. And I guess I'll have to call Sharp about the color issue and having a fairly terrible tv reception.
Thing is, BR and videogames look fantastic, so to me it should be a signal issue. Even with a new signal, it's bad, so I decided to replace the coax. I have a feeling this isn't the cause, as my last tv seemed just fine and it was a 46" Samsung LCD.
I should have just taken the tv back to the store before my 30 days were out, but I got lazy.