Originally Posted by drmethical
On a separate but very related note. I notice that when I plug the cable straight into the back of the set and use the QAM it displays the broadcast format (1080i or 720p), but the set is telling me it is getting a 1080i signal on every channel when I use the cable box connected via HDMI (actually the box has a dvi ouput and I use an adaptor to HDMI). I was testing this out because I am considering dropping my box as I havent really seen a difference in the picture and it only adds a couple of HD channels... althought discovery HD is awesome. I assume the phenomenon I mentioned above means my cable box is scaling everything to 1080i. I would think it would work better for me if I could get the box to scale to 720 becuase it would save my set the trouble, plus any signal that comes into my house as 720 has to be scaled to 1080 by the box and then back down to 720 by my set (seems like a lot of converting and room for signal corruption?). And something I am thinking now is that as long as my box can scale everything to 1080 I shouldnt have to worry about 1080p signals making my set obsolete.
Anyway, these are just some thoughts I have been having. I would appreciate any thoughts or information or suggestions anyone has.
Your box is scaling everything to 1080i. See if it has a 'pass-through' mode setting to allow the native resolution to feed your set.
I just recently got the 37HLV66 as part of the Best Buy sale (with the free massage chair). Good deal and great set for the money. Wife wanted the built in DVD player. I was an early adopter with a Sharp 32GD6U with CableCard (which I still have).
Currently I run the (Comcast basic) cable directly in and take advantage of the internal QAM tuner and unencrypted digital channels. The HD picture is great and the SD picture is surprisingly good on both analog and digital stations - probably better than the 27" CRT it replaced. We watch SD in native aspect ratio (pillar bars) and I dialed down the out of box 'torch mode' to achieve optimum SD quality. I also agree with the other poster and recommend optimizing signal strength/quality in for best results (minimize splitters, direct feed if possible, etc.)
I don't have any viewing angle issues with this set but I don't really have any need to watch to far off center. Blacks are really good.
I do wish there was a feature to label the individual channels. The Toshiba found all of the available unencrypted digital channels (both SD and HD). Two of the HD channels have the same id of '0-0' which optimally I would relabel. I took care of it by mapping all the HD channels to the 'favorites'. We scroll mainly through those for our viewing and have gotten used to the fact that the first '0-0' that comes up is NBC-HD and the second is FOX-HD.