I picked up my 5687 last night and I have a few questions that I wasn't able to find answers to with a search.
1) How should I setup my DirecTiVo? For now we're sticking with our old SD Tivo until we decide what we want to do for HD service. I told the Tivo we have a 16:9 display, but it's behavior is pretty erratic. I set the TV for 4:3 and 4:3 content displays as I'd expect (with black bars on the side). But then for no reason, it seems to switch to filling the screen (and yes, it's still 4:3 content). Any wide screen content is even stranger. Sometimes it fills the screen, sometimes it fills horizontally but has black bars above and below (I know this is 16:9 content). I checked out Leno which used to display letterbox on our old 4:3 set, and it looked like it was 4:3. I'm very confused.
2) I was playing with DVDs last night and discovered that I have to manually adjust the set to either 4:3 or 16:9 depending on the content. It's not so much a problem, but I guess I expected the TV to automatically detect that for me. Is this normal behavior?
3) As I said, we're not sure what to do for HD content yet, so I picked up a $10 antenna. According to AntennaWeb.org, we should be getting pretty much everything with the lowest end antenna. When I actually tried it last night, things were pretty spotty, but we also had a major
storm in the area last night that knocked out satellite, power and knocked over part of our fence. So I'll try again this weekend after the storm passes. But what I had a question about is how to tune in to a station? I did the auto channel setup, but it didn't find all the stations in the area. I wasn't able to manually go to a digital station. I just want to type in 32-1 for example and go to that station so I can add the channel. But the TV wasn't letting me because it didn't find it on the auto detect. Is there a way to do this or does the TV have to find it first with the auto detect?
Beyond that, my first impressions of the set were iffy believe it or not. We just jumped up from a 32" SD set and it took some getting used to. But once I stopped examining the picture and just enjoyed the shows, my opinion did a 180. I watched some DVD material (season 2 of The Wire) and was blown away once I got into the show. There were details there I'd never seen before. And this from my low-end $60 JVC player. I can't wait to see something like the HD-A2 playing.
I wasted about 30-45 minutes trying to adjust the color on my DVDs. It was beyond awful and I thought I'd have to return the set. I finally discovered that the red cable from my component out had come unplugged during the move to the new TV stand.
Then my Surround wasn't working right, but that also turned out to be another loose cable.
As I mentioned, the OTA HD material was spotty. When it worked, it was mind blowing. But I kept loosing the signal and couldn't even pick up some stations. Now that the storm has passed, I'll play with it some more this weekend and see if I can get it working more consistently. If not, I'll return the antenna for a better one. But I ought to be having good luck according to antennaweb.org.
Thanks to Eliab for the initial settings. I used his values for contrast, brightness, etc. I have DVE ordered from Amazon and will fine tune things even more when that arrives. And after the break-in period, I'll probably also go for the professional calibration.
I was worried about RBE because I see it here at work on our projectors we use for presentations. I see it really badly even though no one else does. I think I might
have detected just a hint last night, but it's certainly something I can live with. I was surprised to see SSE without even looking for it. But when I watched the content instead of the screen, I was able to tune it out pretty well. I don't think it will detract from my viewing pleasure.
After today, I have a two week vacation, so this couldn't have come at a better time.