Originally Posted by thestewman
True, true, all too true
Yes Brian, give us your "expert" opinion on the new Elite as soon as you can.
Be sure to compare it to the Q where you can.
You bet Stewman, happy to do so. I don't know about 'expert' but I certainly can compare/contrast, and I know what I think looks good...hopefully it's fairly accurate. I'm just concerned now that this weekend's hurricane might slow down the shipping/delivery of either or both of these sets...they're both due the day or two after Labor Day. If Irene doesn't ruin the new Plan!
By the way guys, something I've noticed and re-confirmed for myself while taking the 'green blob' pictures that I had to send to Sony. It has to do with Cablecard slot in the Qualia. Believe it or not, for the last 6 years, I've been using the Cablecard slot directly in the Q, and then I have 2 more Cablecards for the 2 tuners in the Tivo Series 3. I just liked how crisp and perfect the raw feed from Comcast looked with no DVR in the mix. I've had numerous people over the years comment to me that the direct viewing thru the tuner on the set via Cablecard was significantly better than the same channel played through the Tivo S3. The S3 is a THX certified video device, but I really do think that any DVR, no matter how good, suffers from some compression artifacts and just lack of 'pop' or 'depth' in the picture. Now, I'm being picky when I say this, but it's definitely true. You notice it most with things like HD Theater or TravelHD when they do those helicopter coming up over a mountain shots or something. That's the first thing when I bought my Q that made me absolutely gasp out loud. The feeling of being there, right there in the snow-covered mountain as they fly over, it's ridiculous how well motion is handled on a raw cable feed. I just think these DVR's really screw up motion a bit, no matter how well done they are otherwise.
What are your thoughts guys? I'm in a bit of a quandary on what to do TV signal-wise, as none of these new sets have Cablecard at all of course. I will miss that big time. Just to let you know, I subscribe to both Comcast cable via the Tivo Series3 and to DirecTV via the HR21Pro DVR. I get perfect DirecTV signaling, or as perfect as it gets because I have a clear shot to the Southwestern sky, no issues there. I keep the DirecTV really just for NFL Sunday Ticket, but we keep it on all year but never use it otherwise. I'm debating whether I should leave Comcast, where we have the full channel packages, and move everything over to the DirecTV, and beef up the subscription of course to include everything. I feel like Comcast is compressing the signal pretty bad at times. The other thing I learned tonight on Tivo's Q2 Conference call is that their long-awaited new 4-tuner Tivo-branded DirecTV DVR is coming out within the next 2 months or so. It's in manufacturing right now! Finally! So, I could ditch the HR21Pro and get the big boy Tivo for satellite when it comes out. But regardless of that, what do people think? I wouldn't mind reducing to 1 TV subscription instead of 2.
Thanks for the input as always guys,