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post #271 of 591
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Originally Posted by Nathannookie View Post

They do stay warm. The power supply and computing stuff inside is still running I guess. The interesting thing is; it stays as warm in Mode 1 as Mode 2. Go figure. Mode 2 doesn't seem to take any longer to come on either.....it says it does. I'd bet it's about 3-10 watts on standby judging by the heat coming out.

You could unplug it, but they you lose the clock's time, and at some point the TVGOS. I've lost all my settings once when I unplugged it. Other times I haven't.

My set always turns on to some unwatched channel. 18.1 when I set the TVGOS to appear on startup. Must be buggy. It's had a few bugs that come and go.

Yeah, 3-10watts seems like a lot just to maybe download some TVGOS info and other miscelaneous stuff. Oh well, as long as it's normal..... thanks for the response, gives a paranoid guy like me a peace of mind
post #272 of 591
Hi guys,

I need some help adjusting my sharp 37" lcd aquos. My channels look choppy - the hd channels are nice however. I don't want to double post, so please see my thread in this forum. Any help to better my picture is much appreciated.

Thanks.
post #273 of 591
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Originally Posted by pdp76 View Post

Yeah, 3-10watts seems like a lot just to maybe download some TVGOS info and other miscelaneous stuff. Oh well, as long as it's normal..... thanks for the response, gives a paranoid guy like me a peace of mind

I just dug through the manual and I found the following:

Power consumption during standby mode can be
minimized by changing the setting of the Standby
Mode in i.LINK Setup.
When i.LINK is not in use, select Inactive in
Standby Mode.
Press MENU and the MENU screen displays.
Press c/d to select Digital Setup.
Press a/b to select i.LINK Setup, and then
press ENTER.

Maybe this will keep the power consumption down if you don't use the i.LINK
post #274 of 591
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Originally Posted by mrgo26 View Post

Hi guys,

I need some help adjusting my sharp 37" lcd aquos. My channels look choppy - the hd channels are nice however. I don't want to double post, so please see my thread in this forum. Any help to better my picture is much appreciated.

Thanks.

Suggest you post here, rather than in a new thread.
post #275 of 591
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Originally Posted by mastahkaz View Post

Is Costco going to get any more Sharp 37" for less than 2k in anytime soon? I need to get a TV ASAP and I don't want to spend over 2k. I'm probably going to end up getting the 32" Sharp at Costco, but its just a little too small. A 37" would be PERFECT. I went to three differnt costcos in the area and none had the 37" anymore.

Costco bought the last 2,000 from Sharp, that's it. Some Costco's didn't even get them. I knew about it about 2 weeks before they got em and called everyday to see if they were in. The Costco's in SD got them the night of 8/29, was there the moment they opened on 8/30 and there were 3 others waiting. They got 18 of them total. Something like this you need to get the jump on.
post #276 of 591
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Originally Posted by sdchrgrboy View Post

Costco bought the last 2,000 from Sharp, that's it. Some Costco's didn't even get them. I knew about it about 2 weeks before they got em and called everyday to see if they were in. The Costco's in SD got them the night of 8/29, was there the moment they opened on 8/30 and there were 3 others waiting. They got 18 of them total. Something like this you need to get the jump on.

Well, funny story.

Today during lunch I went back down to the Costco across the street to look at the 32" Sharp and they had re-arranged all of their sets. I also noticed they got a few new items in, one being the Panasonic Plasma people are talking about in another thread. But, best of all, they have a whole bunch of the 37" Sharps once again! So it looks like it wasn't exactly a one time thing. I'll be picking one up this weekend when I can borrow someones car that the box will fit in.
post #277 of 591
I understand that some Costos have gotten a new/different model Sharp. Should have the same image quality, but fewer features (no cable card, no firewire, perhaps no QAM tuner). Since *many* people don't care about those features, it is a "second chance" for sure. Since I use those features all the time (I don't have a cable decoder box but like getting some HD channels via cable, and I prefer the firewire output from my DVHS deck to the component cable output) but need to exchange my TV, the new 37inch Sharps don't quite hit the mark...
post #278 of 591
nathan_h, hanks for the clarification (i too live in the bay area).

from what i recall (and was a bit surprised to read in the thread above). Costco, a few weeks ago did have the 37D5U with QAM tuner, DVI input, etc...but it cost $2499 at my nearby costco...unless they printed that wrong, to me, that was not a good deal in comparison to the 32" Aquos which has does not have a tuner nor firewire.

i'll have to stop by and see what this new model is like. (i'm unlikely to switch because unlike most people in this thread, 32" is close the perfect size for my needs). i would only jump and consider it if it were available with a QAM tuner for the price previously listed here.
post #279 of 591
The model they had today was LC-37D5U. The price was one dollar less than what I'd pay for a TV.
post #280 of 591
I stand corrected. That's the one with all the extra features -- and the one I am looking for. Gotta check my local costco!
post #281 of 591
Has anyone used a source with a 0 IRE black level ("enhanced black," or just the normal setting on the component outputs of many devices)? I'm having a problem with adjusting the set to properly display the output from such a source.

I have an LC-37D5U and connected a DVD player to it by one of the component inputs; the player uses a 0 IRE black level on its component outputs. I also have the Avia calibration disc, from which I played the test pattern for setting the black level, which shows two bars slightly above black on a black background. With the setup described, the bars are not visible at all no matter how high I set the brightness on the TV. There is a "black level expansion setting" on the TV that you can get through the "advanced" submenu of the "picture" menu, but that does not seem to have any visible effect. I tried another DVD player that has a selectable black level, and saw the same thing when it was set to 0 IRE, whereas when it was set to 7.5 IRE (non-"enhanced black"), the bars become visible at around a brightness of +1. Is there any adjustment I'm missing?

While I'm asking, I thought I remembered someone saying something about certain settings being on a per-input basis. As far as I can tell, the picture controls don't seem to be this way - there's just one set of settings that affects all inputs, is that correct? The only thing I've noticed being on a per-input basis is (oddly) the volume.

Thanks for any input!
post #282 of 591
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Originally Posted by Nathannookie View Post

They do stay warm. The power supply and computing stuff inside is still running I guess. The interesting thing is; it stays as warm in Mode 1 as Mode 2. Go figure. Mode 2 doesn't seem to take any longer to come on either.....it says it does. I'd bet it's about 3-10 watts on standby judging by the heat coming out.

You could unplug it, but they you lose the clock's time, and at some point the TVGOS. I've lost all my settings once when I unplugged it. Other times I haven't.

My set always turns on to some unwatched channel. 18.1 when I set the TVGOS to appear on startup. Must be buggy. It's had a few bugs that come and go.

The 37D5U draws 43 watts when in standby mode 2 with the TVGOS enabled and when looking for TVG info (which it does abt 80% of the time). With TVG disabled power draw is too low to register; probably abt 3 watts.

How do I know? The Sharp is connected to an APC UPS which measures and reports this info to a computer using the Powerchute software. It is the 43 watts which keeps the TV warm. Turn TVG off and the TV will be cold to the touch assuming standby mode 2. The Sharp draws 130 watts when turned on.
Since I have a Sony HX900 HD/DVD recorder which also has the TVGOS, I disabled the TVG on the Sharp. The TVG is more useful on the HX900 where it is used to record and it is a simple matter to use the Sony (via A/V 2) to view the guide.

BTW the Sony draws 61 watts in standby because it too is looking for TVG info. The combined power consumption of the Sony and the Sharp .. 104 watts (24/7) when both are in standby was too much for me at San Diego SDG&E rates.
post #283 of 591
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Originally Posted by mastahkaz View Post

Is Costco going to get any more Sharp 37" for less than 2k in anytime soon? I need to get a TV ASAP and I don't want to spend over 2k. I'm probably going to end up getting the 32" Sharp at Costco, but its just a little too small. A 37" would be PERFECT. I went to three differnt costcos in the area and none had the 37" anymore.

Costco now has GB5U models for the same price. Under 2K. Grab them before they run out.
post #284 of 591
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Originally Posted by mastahkaz View Post

Is Costco going to get any more Sharp 37" for less than 2k in anytime soon? I need to get a TV ASAP and I don't want to spend over 2k. I'm probably going to end up getting the 32" Sharp at Costco, but its just a little too small. A 37" would be PERFECT. I went to three differnt costcos in the area and none had the 37" anymore.

mastahkaz: Costco now has GB5U models for the same price. Under 2K. Grab them before they run out.
post #285 of 591
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Originally Posted by Geo05 View Post

Yes I have the 522 also, hooked up as I indicated. If no VCR with tuner, you probably have no choice but to go into analog in.

Is there a way to combine two analog inputs into one before connecting to the TV? I want to connect Dish Network coax and OTA coax (Split from Digital) to get PSIP/ TV guide Info for digital channels.
post #286 of 591
Yup All 3 costco's here in Portland have restocked the 37"
post #287 of 591
And I think all those 37'' are GB5U and not D5U. At least thats what my local Costco told me.
post #288 of 591
Maybe i misread it. I'm guessing if thats what costco told you, they're right and i'm wrong.
post #289 of 591
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Originally Posted by mallu2u View Post

And I think all those 37'' are GB5U and not D5U. At least thats what my local Costco told me.

I just confirmed with my Costco that that is the same story THROUGHOUT California, as well. It's item # 914409. (The old D5U shows up in their computer as DELETED and zero stock at all California stores.)
post #290 of 591
So...the clarify, the GB5U is the more basic model without QAM model. it is the same feature set at the 32" Costco sells for less, and it is also priced less than the D5U which used to be sold at Costco (at least that's the price i saw on the D5U a few weeks back when i bought my 32")

if i have a chance when going to Costco this weekend, i'll confirm, but i think we finally have that all straight. if someone somehow got a 37" D5U a month ago at the same price, they got a bonafide bargain!
post #291 of 591
Now is the 37DB5U a different model then the one that costco use to have 37D5U

Right now Ecost has the 37DB5U, is that the one that costco use to have for less then 2k.


Now costco has the GB5U..

a little confuse
post #292 of 591
Guys

I just tool delivery of my Sharp LCD - it is a G4U, with the Media Box. First the TV arrived with out the box - they just forgot to send it... After a week's frustration (and having numerous people tell me I had to send back the TV in order to get the Media Box sent out), I finally got the box. The only problem is it doesn't work. The same morons sent me out a box they had lying around that no doubt someone else had sent back. When I plug the box in to the mains, it powers up to standy (red light) but will not power on to green. Completely useless.

Has anyone seen this problem? Is it common? I am hoping I will now not have to return the whole TV.
post #293 of 591
Now that is crazy. Where did you buy this from?
post #294 of 591
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Originally Posted by Derek87 View Post

So...the clarify, the GB5U is the more basic model without QAM model. it is the same feature set at the 32" Costco sells for less, and it is also priced less than the D5U which used to be sold at Costco (at least that's the price i saw on the D5U a few weeks back when i bought my 32")

if i have a chance when going to Costco this weekend, i'll confirm, but i think we finally have that all straight. if someone somehow got a 37" D5U a month ago at the same price, they got a bonafide bargain!

I got a 37D5U at Costco on 8/30
post #295 of 591
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Originally Posted by powerswitch View Post

Did anybody figure out a solution for the "input information" pop-up intermittently going on and off during shows for no good reason? This happens to me off and on whether I'm watching cable, ota, or dvds. Right in the middle of a scene the little box in the top-right will pop up and say DVD, stereo, 480i or whatever. This sometimes happens several times per minute for a few minutes, and then it will stop and not happen again for an hour or two.

I saw an earlier note guessing that this might be related to the tv station changing from 5.1 to stereo during commercials or some such, but this happens to me much more frequently and on different sources, so I think it's a more general problem. Anyone else experience this?

I guess my next step is to call Sharp technical support, but it would be good to have a sense if this is a common problem. Thanks.

So no one else is experiencing this problem? I find that hard to believe as I know of at least 3 already.
post #296 of 591
sdchrgrboy - as i said before: you got a great bargain.

i actually stopped by Costco in Sunnyvale, CA tonight and there was no 37" Aquos (neither model). interestingly enough, the D5U i did see a couple of weeks ago. maybe some Costco's got a discount shipment in August.

anyway, none here locally, which is good for me anyway. i was starting think that i should trade my 32" in for the bigger screen. but as i sit and type this, i came to the conclusion tonight that my application, the 32" is the right side and my wallet is empty enough as it is!
post #297 of 591
Thread Starter 
Yes the newer 37DB5U series TV has fewer features than the D5U models:
the DB5U does not not come with a DVI input, Digital Cable In or CableCard (and thus no QAM), iLink, or TVGOS; these are all built-in features in the D5U.

At the begining of tis thread, there is a link to the Sharp website where potential buyers may browse the User Manuals of the various Sharp products for additional information.
post #298 of 591
Thanks for the info, just a 2 more question I think the manual will not provide before i flip through those pages

Please correct me if I am wrong, but the new DB5U might have less feature but it does have a 12mms compare to the old 5U that has 16mms.

Also is the GB5U a newer model or old model , as in display in BB it was favorite set next to the new Sony 40 Bravia

That DVI feature I will miss though, great for PC.

thanks

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post #299 of 591
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Originally Posted by Derek87 View Post

i actually stopped by Costco in Sunnyvale, CA tonight and there was no 37" Aquos (neither model). interestingly enough, the D5U i did see a couple of weeks ago. maybe some Costco's got a discount shipment in August.

According to another Bay Area Costco, none of the California stores will be getting the D5U, anymore. It's listed with zero in the warehouse and zero pending in the warehouse and zero in stock at all CA stores in their inventory tracking system.

But the new model is in stock at many stores, and many more will be getting it. (I think the closest Bay Area store yesterday was Gilroy.)
post #300 of 591
Has anyone been able to do a preset time recording over firewire to DVHS with the 37D5U. I'm using a cablecard and would like to be able to preset my recordings.
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