Originally Posted by KGB173
I have the VSX-52. It has a the Marvel QDEO chip which was/is considered very good and definitely better than the directv box (which i also have)
After some research and nudging on this thread i go with the following:
1. directv to output native.
2. VSX-52 to upconvert and output 1080p to the TV
3. If you have the oppo then perhaps use that instead for the TV upconversion since the 103 has a superior chip.
biggest downisde with the above is that by outputting native if you do a lot of channel flipping the refresh will be a couple seconds as everything needs to refresh if you go from a 720p to a 480p then to a 1080i channel. i had some WAF issues initially, but got over it. better PQ trumped the extra second or two delay.
some channels will not look like a blu ray, it's a compressed feed so not apple to apple comparison. but 1080p on demand looks amazing and the 1080i or 720p feeds do so as well.
you should use Dnice reference settings. there are two available now. the orgiinal (which some though had too much of a red push) and then the one that MnC posted (Dnice calibrated his set). YMMV as each panel is different and nothing beats a pro calibration, but those two are considered the best plug and play models. you can get a program from Turbe called controlCal to open up other picture modes (to store more settings and make swamping between easier).
there is only a 55" version of this TV, not a 60". unless you want a 2013 model.
hope this helps.
Originally Posted by mo949
well said. Definitely look into controlcal if before wasting your time trying to input all those settings manually- will not only make it so easy but will make real comparisons of the different settings easier with the 2 extra isf modes enabled imo
Thanks to many of you for the informative posts!
Is there anything I need to set on my Pioneer Elite or Panasonic to make it upscale/up-convert? Or do they upscale automatically? Btw, I don't have a Oppo player.
Here's what I tried so far
- Directv set to native. Screen format to original
- Directv all resolutions are checked (480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p)
- Panasonic format set to "full"
- I even confirmed the HDMI cables are high speed. (not sure if it helps)
The result is some TV programing looks good (e.g. Discovery HD) and some don't (e.g. Big Bang Theory, news channels). By not looking good I mean
- Colors are not vibrant
- Faces seem slightly out of focus.
- Areas that suppose to have solid color looks washed
- Somewhat like photographers taking pictures with high ISO / noises
- Somewhat like putting Youtube full screen on a computer monitor.
With the same Directv and TV setting I don't notice those lack of quality on my old 50" plasma.