Originally Posted by Midlife Crisis
Now that we have covered the black level how does everyone feel about watching standard definition on the Akai. I was worried about what the wife would think and was pleasantly surprised. We have Time Warner with the 8300 DVR and the SD looks dare I say good. We are using the fill mode and on the better channels such as HBO2,HBO3, Discovery HGTV look very good, even the lesser channels like HSN regional sports are fine. The only issue we have is one soap opera (talk to my wife) where the colors are very much brighter than expected during dark scenes. Watched the same SD image on both the HD and SD version of the same channel with no difference.
We are starting to wonder weather to watch the Super Bowl on the Akai in the family room or in the basement on the 100 inch projector, The Akai looks that good. Now if I can find a remote code for the TW remote I will be set...
Yep - Same thing here.. the SD quality is actually pretty damn good on channels that have a strong high quality SD feed.. regular discovery channel (non-hd version), TLC, ESPN, all look pretty damn good in SD..
My Girlfriend recorded some soap opera and it looked pretty crappy, but i fault them for that, they shoot those damn things in very dark lighting and what looks like crappy older cameras.. the quality is just poor.. It looked just as bad on a standard old tube TV.
But again, HD content is where this set REALLY shines.. Outstanding picture for anything that is true HD.