|Originally posted by wyattbob
My problem is poor picture quality. Do I need to adjust the settings on the Sony? Do I have a defective TV? Or is the picture quality just that bad on Dish Network?
Any and all responses are appreciated!
I have a 36XBR450, and I too was originally disappointed in the picture quality using DirecTV because of the horrible compression artifacts. After looking around the net and performing a few tweaks that I've found, I'm MUCH happier. I don't notice the artifacts at all anymore. In fact, I'm quite pleased.
In order of importance (to me), here are the steps to improve picture quality for DirecTV:
1) Switch from the default "vivid" mode to "movie" or "pro." This makes a tremendous difference. So much so that this step is pretty much a "well, duh" settings change.
2) Use either "progressive" or "cinemtion" drc settings depending on the program material you're watching. Progressive for video-based sources and cinemotion for film.
3) Turn off Velocity Modulation (VM) in the main menu.
4) Use a calibration disc like Avia. Besides the obvious brightness / contrast changes that you'll make, the single most important setting that will improve the DirecTV picture is Sharpness. I've got mine almost all the way down.
5) Look around here and elsewhere on the net to find the most common tweaks for Sony direct-view sets using the service menu. AXIS=1 is a big one. There are quite a few others that help to varying degrees. I prefer my picture a little brighter with a little more contrast than I'm sure most people around here would recommend, so I won't tell you all of my settings. But the info is readily available, and it is very easy to adjust.
That's about it. Yes, I know there are differences between my 36XBR450 and your 40XBR700, but there are more similarities than differences. Plus, the above steps are pretty much universal.
Anyway, good luck.