Originally Posted by jg4s
Thanks Austin Jerry, That's a fair assessment. Appreciate the input. I guess the issue for me is that my HD cable
provided content looks no worse on the X900 than my old display. I get that the upscaling won't make a bad input
look amazing. It's just that the Time Warner cable looked so bad in the store, that it spooked me. Here in NYC, it may be that TWC is not as good as RCN, FIOS or Cablevision. Don't know for sure. Can anyone in NY comment on how local HD cable looks on the X900? And, specifically how do sports broadcasts look?
On another note, will the expected firmware update to HDMI 2, make HD Cable provided content better?
Or, does that not apply here in terms of source frame rate? My technical knowledge is limited. There is lots to learn.
I don't think any content is going to look worse on this set, compared to what you have now. It is quite possible, actually probable, that the set you auditioned in the store was not properly calibrated. When you get your new set, make sure you pay attention to its settings. The link in my signature is probably a good starting point.
I don't have cable, I get my HD broadcasts from DirecTV, and from a off-air antenna. Both offer excellent PQ on good-quality broadcasts. I was watching a couple of football games yesterday, and the PQ was stunning. Boardwalk Empire on HBO was top-notch as well.
HDMI 2.0 will not improve PQ of cable broadcasts. The new standard will allow 60fps, vs the current max of 30fps. Standard television does not exceed 30fps, and Blu-ray is only 24fps. IIUC, the only content that currently uses 60fps is content from computers, like a HTPC or a high-end gaming system. The new standard allows future content to be delivered at the higher rate, which means PQ will get better as we move forward.