Originally Posted by Ebaytradinglord
Ok, let me first state that I am completely new to the HD world.
I have owned a 36 inch sony tv for about 10 years. To this I had connected my DirecTV dual tuner tv box connected with a S video cable. I did this because I thought S video was better than just the component cables.
I purchased the PL5060N a few nights ago and hooked it up with the same tuner and connection cable. I have a HD box to be installed soon and will be upgrading to an HDMI connection.
My picture is terrible. My Sony had a substantially better picture compared to this.
What am I doing wrong? Anyone know? Any suggestions?
Am I sitting too close to the TV? What is the recommended viewing distance?
You are comparing a TV that was scanning a native SD signal at a native SD rate. What this means is it was optimized for the SD signal you were feeding it. Now you are feeding the same SD signal (svideo is only SD) into a HD capable device that has to upscale that image to fill its screen. It is going to look terrible unless the company spends a lot of money on the circuits that do this upscaling. In your case, just get your HDMI connection and watch some HD material, keeping in mind that only some stuff is HD (DVD is not, for example) and then see what you think. Many people have high expectations of HD TV's and then they don't even hook them up with a HD signal and then wonder what all the fuss is about. It is a little complicated, but you need either component (3 little Y, Pb, Pr or red, green, blue colored cables), HDMI or VGA inputs to this display to get any HD-like picture. The composite (single yellow) and s-video cables can't carry HD signals. Now you also need HD material on the HDMI or component cables. This means the HD channels on satellite or cable, or you caould save the monthly subscription and use the built in ATSC tuner in this set and try to get your local HD channels with an antenna. In my area we get ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, and PBS all in digital and much of the primetime lineup is now in HD. You could also try tuning in the QAM channels over a direct cable feed to see if you get your local HD channels on cable for free with your basic cable. Many do. Good luck!