Originally Posted by yourefree
I finally bought this set yesterday at CC. The cost was the same as the PX50u but I have convinced myself that the picture on the PX50u is too shrek like and the Philips has a more natural look, and the firmware and input options would provide longer life and useability. I also like the ambilight feature. I am giving myself a week to live with this set, so far I like it and the HD channels I have pulled in via Comcast coax look great.
I am going to buy the OPPO DVD player and here is my question. If I buy direct from Oppo I can select a DVI-HDMI cable. I would then pay shipping costs. If i buy at Amazon I get a DVI-DVI cable (free shipping) and therefore need to buy a new cable or adapter. Anyone noticed any differences in using a DVI-HDMI adpater over a straight DVI-HDMI cable... does this make any difference?
2nd cable question. Can I connect a laptop VGA to 3RCA cables to get a picture on this TV - is there a better way to do it - only use it for occasional surfing not game playing.
I have my contrast at 49 and brightness at 50, color at 60. I do see some image retention when I turn off or have a black screen but it is really faint and I am not bothered by it.
As I have a few HD channels coming in from Comcast I will be staying with my Direct TV SD DVR setup (connected via S-Video currently) as I rarley watch local channels anyway. Once HD starts rolling out for comedy central, Fox Soccer Channel I will upgrade to HD then. I am surprised that the SD picture is pretty good and better than I expected.
Any comments on the OPPO cable appreciated, and anyone here decided to go with the PX50u as the price is the same now at CC.
Oh and I got the 10% gift card from CC, no hassle, just ask for it - the one sales guy had no idea what it was but the store director knew about it, obviously not many consumers are aware of the deal.
If you get the DVI lead from amazon, you'll need a DVI- HDMI adapter, and if you're using the tabletop stand like I am, then you'll need a short Adapter( Not Monster for sure) or the connector+ adapter wont fit in the space below the hdmi socket. (the plastic part of the stand gets in the way)
I'd suggest going to oppo direct and getting the hdmi lead. Word of warning though, the oppo supplied lead is a very basic one and I managed to bend a tiny pin in the hdmi end by inserting it a bit off angle. So be careful.
I'm using the Oppo with 1080I, I cant see agreat deal (if any) difference with 720p, but you may be able to. Aparrently the Oppo should have the brightness set to +5 on the opp to pass the full video signal.
There's a bit of macroblocking with the oppo in upscaled video, but not too bad. no worse than most other players i'v seen. The PQ is stunning with a well mastered DVD.
Having said that even the component (480i) looks good on this tv, not quite as goos as the hdmi but very good nonetheless, I assume this means the phillips has a pretty good scaler in the set, and seems to handel 3:2 pulldown, even thoiugh this isn't mentioned in the manual.
I agree with the glowing praise for SD channels, although i think this is only if you enable pixel plus. without it, it's not so hot.
We completely forgot to ask for a gift card when we ordered ours.. I wonder if they'll give it to us when our replacement comes in if we ask for it