Originally Posted by keithrez
Hey all, I just picked up my 42X30M (i am in Israel) and hooked up my laptop. For some reason, none of the settings i played with on both the laptop and also the Panny created a great visual on the TV. I have (I think) an HDMI DVI cable from the laptop going to the HDMI 2 input.
Any help on what the settings are supposed to be in order to increase the crispness of the picture on the TV? Could it have anything to do with the Panny options of PAL/NTSC? I had it hooked up to an LG LCD same way until yesterday and it was fantastic.
I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to reply. I don't think I got notifications of activity on this board, which I thought I had enabled. I hope you haven't returned the 42X30...
Anyway, to address your issues and questions, regarding the laptop issue, I send a 720p signal from my laptop to my 42X30 via a 5-meter HDMI cable and the picture quality's the same as my yes box as far as I can tell, except for choppy motion, which I'm fairly certain is a byproduct of my laptop's onboard Intel GMA, probably not the best graphics processor. Up until about two weeks ago, I streamed college football games via ESPN Player and the quality was really good - when ESPN's servers were able to provide a high-enough bitrate.
I haven't set anything on the laptop or the screen regarding PAL/NTSC, although everything is European spec, which means native 50Hz display and broadcast signals. If I'm watching something that is 60Hz source, like college and NFL games, I imagine there's a conversion done before it gets to the screen, and you do see these artifacts, even in HD.
Compared to the laptop's built-in 17" LED screen, the Panasonic screen's picture quality is about the same, but I don't know what a signal from my laptop to a large LCD screen would look like.
Maybe send me a message offline with more details about your laptop...
To answer your earlier questions: My current yes package includes a great set of "basic" HD channels, including all the HD yes and MGM movie and series channels along with Eurosport HD and MTV Live HD, but I'm still in my initial 3-year commitment to them. And even though Fox Sports HD is not included my package, I've decided that because the Fox Sports SD channel is of such high quality, paying extra for the HD version isn't worth it. On the other hand, I have watched tennis matches, for example, on Eurosport HD and it is pretty amazing. I can't wait for the Olympics next year.
Unlike the Fox Sports channels, the National Geographic channels do not broadcast the same programs, and there may be a bigger difference between the quality on the SD channel and the HD channel.
I have also seen recently that yes indicates which programs on HD channels are upconverted from non-HD sources ("HD מותאם"), including some movies.
I also read a while back, on Hebrew forums, that the bitrates on yes dropped at some point, affecting the quality of the picture, but I didn't have an HD screen before this reportedly happened, so I have no way of knowing first hand how big the difference is.
Bottom line is, if the quality of your SD channels are good, and you're satisfied with the picture, then there's no reason to spend more, right?
I still watch a lot of SD channels, including ESPN, and as I mentioned in an earlier post, at my viewing distance of a little over 3 meters, I would not want a bigger screen because blowing up the SD content any bigger would not look so great.
HTH, and תתחדשו.