Originally Posted by Dan134
I don't think it's the filter, because the ST30 had a very similar filter and did nothing of the sort.
It can't possibly be caused by the filter causing that issue. If it were, it would also be doing it at 1080i and 1080p, not just 720p. And it would have been happening to the 2011 models which also had the Louvre Filter as well as the Samsungs which have a similar Louvre Filter. Other than these few reports, i haven't seen any other such complaints.
This is some sort of software upscaler/smoother. I've seen it used before in gaming but it can almost always be disabled. I cannot disable it on this TV.
This is possible. More data and more examples are needed if it's to be investigated further.
Some 720p games look flat out gorgeous while others lack crispness that can be seen on almost every other TV.
I've done a lot of experimenting with different signals on each of my HD TVs over the years as well as the TVs i've set up for other people, and a 720p signal always looks softer than the same content at 1080i. When i set the Cable Boxes/Satellite Receivers/DVRs/Tivos etc to 1080i Fixed the 720p channels and 1080i channels all look crisper with a lot more detail. When i set them to output 720p Fixed that same content now looks soft and mushy and the crisp detail i saw at 1080i is now soft and a lot less detailed (blades of grass, close up of a watch movement, facial details like stubble and zits, etc). Once i demonstrate this to people they do see the difference and most people want me to leave it at 1080i Fixed to get the extra detail. A few people (like my "wife") actually prefer the softer look of the 720p signal.
Every single TV i've done acts like this to some extent or another. I'm wondering that since these new 2012 panels are so much more accurate than prior models then maybe they're just amplifying the difference between the 720p and 1080i signals that i see on all the other HD TVs.
If anyone is having the 720p Mush issue, i'd try changing the signal of the source (if possible) from 720p to 1080i and re-watch the same content and see if that reduces or eliminates the "mushy" effect. I understand this isn't possible on some games which are fixed at 720p, but virtually all other sources have the ability to set the output resolution to 1080i Fixed. I just switched my Tivo back to 720p Fixed while typing this and the morning news is instantly softer and lacking detail on my G10 and small LED LCD TV by my desk (both are fed with a Geffen HDMI splitter). Facial detail is gone at 720p, but is restored at 1080i.