Hey guys--I could use some advice.
I've had the 55HX929 since early 2012. I really love it. But I often don't watch Blu ray movies on it because I have so much TV to watch, plus movie channels via DirecTV.
Now, HD TV shows look great. HD movies on HBO look very good--if you look VERY closely, you can sort of see that digital/satellite jaggie/frayed thing going on in certain areas, but it's minute and you'd have to really look for it. Otherwise, it looks quite nice and crisp to me.
And blu ray should even be better, right? Well, I popped in Avatar (the extended collection), and was surprised by how unimpressed I was. I figured this would be so sharp, so clear, and so detailed, it would practically almost feel like 3D at times (at least when there was a stark contrast between the background and subjects in the foreground).
Long story short, it just looked....solid. Not bad by any means, but not this crisp, amazingly sharp, pristine Blu ray disc.
And this isn't about film grain, either. I see film grain in my DirecTV movies and I still find that the overall picture quality is really good.
To me, the Avatar blu ray looked more like an A++ upscaling of a DVD. Really nice, and close up showed some detail of course, but overall, nothing where you would take a look at the screen in passing and go WHOA. And to me, blu ray on this TV should make you go whoa.
"Wall-E" looked quite good, but it's of course animated. I then tried the Matrix Reloaded (because I figured it was newer than the original and probably looked a bit crisper), and was surprised at how, overall, it just sort of was a bit soft.
My PS3 settings are set to output to all possibly resolutions, including 1080i and 1080p.
I have no idea what's going on. But I'm shockingly unimpressed regarding the blu ray quality. And what's weird is that, video games on the Playstation 3 look amazing. So it's not like the HD overall is the problem. I even swapped blu ray players and replayed movies on it, and had the same quality. So it's definitely not the Playstation.
Not sure what the issue is.