That one issue, however, is the picture quality, especially on 720 or 1080 HD media. On the Samsung, the upconversion made 480 DVDs look like 720 and the 720 media was as nice and sharp as any 1080p stuff I've played through it. The Sony, compared side by side with the Samsung while playing the same media, looks horrible in comparison. Very "soft and fuzzy" compared to the Samsung. To me, it doesn't seem to be upcoverting at all. I'm actually considering returning the Sony for this very reason.
I've been through every setting I can think of to try and improve it, but no dice so far. Here are my screen settings. My TV, btw, is a Vizio GV42LF 1080p:
TV Type: 16:9
Screen Format: Normal
DVD Aspect Ratio: Letter Box
Cinema Conversion Mode: Auto
Output Video Resolution: 1080p (also tried Auto...no difference)
BD-ROM 24p output: Auto
DVD-ROM 24p Output: Auto
YCbCr/RGB (HDMI): Auto
HDMI Deep Color Output: Off
Pause Mode: Auto
I don't really use it for DVDs very much and I don't even own any BluRay disks. I either stream, do Netflix, or play media though the USB.
Any suggestions as to what I can do to improve the picture? Or is this "just the way Sonys are"?