|Originally posted by dbacksfan
And, Hoppy, thanks especially to you for taking the time to detail all of your experiences. Your trailblazing really helped me A LOT!! BTW, how's that new satellite working out?
Sat is fine so far, though I still haven't gotten the HD receiver. Was going to try to pick something up cheap (300+) and then get the new Zenith when it comes out next month or two. But, may just wait for the new units.
The other thought I had was that for my purposes, maybe the cheap unit is sufficient (I don't really want to spend $800 for a receiver to watch HBO/SHO/HDNet only, and I've got zilch for OTA possibilities).
The AVIA is a good deal but I'd get the cheaper $15 one calledSound & Vision Home Theater Tuneup
which does all the same stuff for $19. or less. AVIA has some extra test screens but not worth the extra money IMHO.
Also, because the Sony is well tuned in stock condition, you can usually get a fine picture out of it just listening to waht folks say around here (turn down the Picture and Brightness, roll of the Sharpness a little, notch down teh color if the red art bothering you, cut off the edge enhance, etc).
Plus, if you have any intention of having the set calibrated . . .
I have the cheap Sony progressive scan DVD so don't know much about setting it up for non-progressive. You can set PROGRESSIVE mode in one of the menus, but I really don't know what it does--that may be your answer.
I've been sitting on all these photos of the complete SERVICE MENU (518 screens, as I remember) and have not gone in to make any changes yet. Don't know if I will. I anticipated more interest in those picture and the things one could do, but the interest here seems limited. There is a site called Keohi HDTV
which is interesting, has some tips and tricks, and a link to the Haukap Site
where all the SERVICE MENU stuff is, and where some suggestions for tweaking are made.
In an excess of carefulness I'm not doing anything yet.
It's a great TV and I expect you'll like it a lot. I do, and I'm not sure if getting that extra 1% or PQ is really worth the trouble. There always the Get A Life maxim to remember (my wife is astonished that I have spent as much time as I have "reading about TV." You don't even like TV, she tells me, and she's right about that, more or less. We watch an hour a night, maybe. Movies when we have a couple of hours to spare and there's something other than crap available on TV or at Blockbuster (ie, not that often). Still, it looks marvelous there on teh fancy Charles Eames table, so on balance we're ahead.