I just got done unpacking, testing, and repacking my byd:sign (I'm moving, not returning it.)
I'm impressed. Much better than what I expected! First off the scalar chip and video processor in this thing seems capable of doing more than my Samsung DLP's.
I can scale, zoom and change aspects on ALL inputs at any resolution. I inputted the DVI via an HDTivo (which ended up dying after this test due to "overheating.") I changed the output to 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i. All looked good except for 480i, this mode looked HORRIBLE. This concerned me since I thought this is what composit inputs would look like, but more on that in a sec.
With an HD Show (CSI NY) I could change aspects, zoom in and out, etc. The picture looked clear. As you can see in my photos I had it in a room with a ton of sunlight so I couldn't get a good reading on contrast and my cameras flash kept going off which washed out the picture a lot. I can't tell if 1080i or 720p looked better. The only odd thing I saw was durring an opening scene of CSI NY where a horse is running around, durring some quick action scenes I could see some pixelation. I'm assuming that was in the feed but I'll have to test it more.
Anyway I then switched it to the composit inputs and set my HD Tivo to 480i, and the scalar works really well! In my pics you will see seens from Everybody Loves Raymond and Two and Half Men. Even though both are broadcast in HD I had them playing off a SD Tivo, so they are 480i signals going through the scalar.
Here's my favorite part...I was kinda bummed that there was no "Panorama Mode." However, I realized in "Wide" mode it looks normal so I read the manual. Wide mode IS Panorama mode when the TV is fed 4:3 content. It seems to be a dymanic mode that can sense 16:9 or 4:3 material and does non-linear or linear stretch accordingly. If you want to FORCE wide you put it in "FULL MODE." So it has non-linear stretch!!! Wooohoooo! There is also a preset zoom mode which zooms a 4:3 pic in until the sides go to the edge of the screen, cutting off the top and bottom.
It has DVI with HDCP, VGA, two sets of component, one set of composit ins, and one set of composit outs. Remote is pretty simple, speakers and stand come attached but are detachable.
It has plenty of other "fancy" modes such as PiP, channel scan, split screen, grid, etc. The cool part is all of these modes work even with HD inputs, something my Sammy doesn't do.
The zoom feature is neat, you can zoom from 1 to 3 I think it was in about .25 increments. I don't know what percentages the zoom is but it goes in pretty far.
When I switch output modes on the HDTivo the TV does a good job of letting you know what it's doing...in the bottom right hand corner it will say "scanning" then it will tell you the input, resolution, and refresh rate that it has locked on to.
I'm very pleased with this set.
Menu's and control: I wish I could have played with this more but I didn't. There were full controls for picture (brightness, color, contrast, etc) and full controls for sound...lots of other options but I didn't look through it.
Remote: Pretty simple. Flip down panel on the bottom. Does the job, not a learning remote or multifunction.
First two of of the packaging. Third is of the accessory box with remote and cables. 4-7 is the TV out of the box. 8 and 9 is the back of the TV. 10 is my now dead HDTivo. 11-13 is the TV when it is first turned on and me playing with menus. 14-22 is CSI:NY in HD via DVI. Unfortunately I can't remember which is 720p and which is 1080i. The images looks much more washed out than they should because of all the light in the room and the camera flash. I really wish I had done this at night. 23 is CSI NY in HD while I play with the zoom mode.
24 is the HD show on the left with 3 tuner pics on the right. Not sure if this was grid mode or some other mode, there are quite a few of these modes.
25 is my Tivo rebooting due to thermal issues.
26 is the via DVI in wide mode.
27 is dvi in standard mode.
28 is zoom mode
29 is full mode
30-32 SD show in wide mode (commonly referred to as panorama mode) (everybody loves raymond)
31 - SD show in standard mode (Two 1/2 men, commercial for letterman)
32 - SD show in wide mode (two 1/2 men with simulcast message, this was feeding off an SD Tivo so I'm sure it's not HD)
33 - SD content in zoom mode
34 - SD content in FULL mode (Commonly referred to as wide mode)http://www.ofoto.com/BrowsePhotos.js...de%3dtrue&Ux=0
*edit* I got the pic #'s wrong but I think you can figure out what I'm talking about from the descriptions.