Originally Posted by mistertv
I've had this set for about a month and am delighted with the purchase from Costco. This is my first HDTV (I upgraded from a Shart 27" tv purchased in the mid 90's) and I have a few questions for the experts:
1. I upgraded my cable TV to get an HD SIgnal. If I press the "info" button on the remote control, it indicates 480p for all HD TV channels. Is 480p HD? I've heard of people getting 720p, but I am a neophyte in this area. Is 480p the signal received through the cable?
2. There are 4 different formats. 1)Just 2) 4:3, 3) zoom 4) Full
Are there general guidelines as to when each should be used? What are the pros and cons to using each of these formats?
3. I've read a lot about people "calibrating" their TV sets. I've set my TV to "Cinema" mode from the preset factory menu. Would it be worthwhile to for me to learn how to adjust the settings to optimioze my viewing experience?
This TV is such a vast improvement to what I am accustomed to, but just want to make sure I am getting the best picture possible.
Also, I would like to thank everybody for sharing their experiences with this television set. The positive reviews I read on this forum induced me to make this my first HD television. I am absolutely delighted that I was able to pick this set up for $599.
Welcome to the forum MisterTV, and congratulations on your new UT50!
Technically 480p is not HD TV but ED TV - Enhanced Definition. I don't subscribe to cable, but I do know that depending on your provider you should have something like AMC HD or TNT HD, but you should be able to clearly tell the difference. I know if I happen to put on OTA broadcast I can easily tell because the 720p is much clearer than 480i.
The four formats are difference zoom modes on how you want to fill the TV frame with the source material. Full is what you use for 1:1 ratio image reproduction and in this case a 1.78:1 / 16x9 movie will fill the TV without any distortion. The other modes allow different ways of stretching the picture, except 4:3 which is for "Fullscreen" (4:3) features and will replaced the letterbox bars on the side with the TV's own letter box bars on the side which you can adjust the brightness of among a few shades of gray so all the pixels are being used. For the first 100 hours I recommend stretching the picture to fill the TV so all pixels are being used. Also, you'll see in the user menu under picture properties that there is a option for HD Size 1 and 2, by choosing option 2 you remove any overscan of the source material. For example, 1.85:1 movie will have thin black bars on the top and bottom when it is not overscanned, in this picture mode you are seeing just a little bit movie of the edges of the picture. Don't worry about calibrating the TV per se, if you have a THX movie, or a calibrations disc (AVS Forum has their own for free you can download called AVS 709) and this is so you can properly adjust the brightness, contrast, color, and tint of the picture. You should have sharpness set to 0, though. With CRT TVs sharpness was needed for picture adjustment, but with digital / HDTVs if is adding inormation / altering the input signal, so leaving it at 0 is best. Take a look over at the UT50 issues and settings thread and you can see some settings that you can try out.