Originally Posted by pltctytc
here's something that really surprised me
picture mode STANDARD actually looks very good without any adjustment when on antenna mode. i was dissing it when used on fios because of contrast in faces
i added a mohu amplified antenna and it does for me what a large yagi outside couldn't do with trees around my house. unbelievable for what looks like a laminated piece of paper
A friend saw my picture and ask how come my cable was so much clearer than his was. I told him it was because it wasn't cable it was an antenna
He refused to believe that anyone would use an antenna in the21'st century. So I had to take him up into the attic (must have been 120 degrees up there) and show him my little fan-dipole unit. With the pre-amp I can pull in my local stations that are all clustered together about 8 miles away, the next closest city 45 miles away, and a few of the stations from another city 75 miles away.
I have noticed the tuner on the Panasonic is much more sensitive than an LG I returned. It even had trouble with the local stations
Something that many people don't realize is that when we went "digital" most of the broadcast frequencies were changed from the old channel 2-13 low and high VHF band to channels 14-51 UHF band. These frequencies are much easier to tune with small antennas. Since they are also digital, they just encode a "channel logo number" and the TV shows "Channel 7" even though the actual broadcast frequency can be anything between 14 - 51.
Anyway, ..... Yes, its impressive how well a simple antena can perform. I think the "standard" mode could certaily be calibrated to give a great PQ. With simple tweaking I just can't get there. I can get a bright, contrasty, colorful image but skin tones are way off. A calibrator could dial it in but its just to hard to wing it.