Originally Posted by TahoeJR
Video connections are on the right hand side of the TV when you look at it. Power plugs into the bottom of the set, as well as onboard audio.
This holds for the 50 and 61 inch models. The 42 inch model has the video inputs on the bottom. I like the inputs on the side, actually. They are easier to access but yet still inset from the edge enough to hide the connections.
On a side note, I've made a big change with my 50XR5. I took the external scaler out of the loop entirely. Guess what? The picture is better overall!!
Better blacks, color, contrast. Overall, a richer, more natural image but with no loss in perceived resolution and I think even *less* noise/artifacting. This is one nice set. Thanks to mnfnet for spurring me on to look at the AVIA grey ramps.
Once I started playing around with the grey scale adjustments, I found I could actually get a nice smooth ramp with the scaler in bypass mode while I still had a few bands with the scaler in the loop.
Here are the results of my adjustments so far. I'm using HDMI/DVI inputs:
Color temp Mid-low with below adjustments
* GR 34
* GG 27
* GB 30
* BR 40
* BG 40
* BB 40
Picture mode Theater 1
Low tone auto
Be sure HDMI is set to High in Set Up assuming you aren't using a PC level source.
This has produced the smoothest grey ramp via AVIA so far. It's without banding whatsoever and bright white to near black. It seems to be neutral grey to my eye. The bias adjustments don't seem to affect the banding as much, but change the overall tint of grey. I ended up leaving them at defaults as that seemed to look the best.
*Edit 1/10: I've gone back to default color temperature setting at "mid". In spite of the fact that the AVIA grey ramp doesn't look quite as smooth, it provides much more accurate colors. I was back to "wow" again last night with CSI Miami.
Also, "low tone" set to 1 at first seemed to improve the blacks a little, but it's stealing too much shadow detail. Went back to "auto".
I guess I'll stick to my day job afterall.
I'll leave grey scale adjustment to someone who knows what they're doing.