Originally Posted by k2koq
gives you set a better picture
1: let cable box output everything at 720P
2: Let cable box pass through every format
I think 480i programing may look a little better if I let the cable box up convert to 720p
I had to laugh regarding the criticism of your prevuiously posted settings. Your chosen settings are very similar to my (eyeball) settings and are great for general viewing when your TV is in an actual LIVING ROOM with WINDOWS and DAYLIGHT and all those nasty things that come with most homes. Maybe I'll post mine when I get home.
As for the ideal video output, my advice is to try and get all of your Standard Definition material sent into the TV set at 480i resolution.
Because the DRC processing in the Sony does not work when the set receives a 720p or 1080i signal, and this DRC voodoo does wonders for SD viewability.
For example, yesterday the Jacksonville / NYJets footballl game was broadcast by my local CBS station, but the digital broadcast was not in HD format. Instead, it was a 1080i upscale broadcast of the original SD picture but with the black bars encoded into the image frame.
I compared the Analog cable CBS picture (with DRC enabled) to the Digial upscaled picture and the ANALOG picture was MUCH more pleasing to the eye.
So if your DRC is turned on and the pallet is adjusted properly, you will get a better looking picture than a 720p upconverted Standard Def signal.