|Originally posted by imws
has anybody tried sending a 720p signal to this set? It states that it can accept a 720p signal on inputs 5 and 6. Just wondering if a HTPC @ 1280x720p is worthwhile for this unit.
I've just recently got my 34XBR800 setup HTPC style. Here's a quick run down on my current setup (for games right now, not DVD's... yet):
GeForce4 Ti4600 connected to input 6 via a Key Digital KD-VTCA2. Thats the basics anyway. For those interested, the actual chain is much more frightening (due to the current placement of my PC). It goes something like: GeForce4 Ti4600 -> 6ft SVGA cable -> 10ft SVGA extension cable -> KD-VTCA2 -> 3ft component cable, Yamaha receiver -> 6ft component cable -> TV. Amazingly enough, I don't see any degradation in signal between this setup, and a strait PC -> Transcoder -> TV setup.
Anyways, on to the interesting stuff. I've setup a number of resolutions with Powerstrip 3.20. Currently, I have:
640x480p (540p timings w/ no overscan)
720x480p (540p timings w/ no overscan)
800x600p (720p timings w/ no overscan)
848x480p (540p timings w/ no overscan)
960x540p (540p timings w/ overscan)
1152x648p (720p timings w/ no overscan)
1184x666p (720p timings w/ no overscan)
1280x720p (720p timings w/ overscan)
The lack of interlaced resolutions is due to the fact that the GeForce4 isn't capable of outputting interlaced signals properly (according to Entech, and my own attempts)
In general, all of the resolutions are pretty usable for desktop stuff like web browsing, etc... The 720p resolutions can get a little hard on the eyes so I generally stick with 848x480. Overscan is pretty sucky on the x540 and x720 stuff I tend not to run those resolutions except for games where the UI isn't so important.
I have currently calibrated my "Standard" input for the HTPC as far as color and other settings go. One thing I did have to do is use PS's color correction and turn the contrast WAY down in order to get a decent picture.