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post #181 of 1908
why wouldn't someone want a built in dvd player? if you can't afford HD DVD, you have an upconverting dvd player built in, which also equeals out to more inputs you can use for different stuff.
post #182 of 1908
Thread Starter 
DVD technology will begin to get obsolete starting next year. Plus, the built-in DVD player one may not have the best picture.
post #183 of 1908
With mine mounted on the wall, DVD built in + Cablecard = zero wires except for power and coaxial for everything you need...This one is all about convenience
post #184 of 1908
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Originally Posted by InYourEyes View Post

DVD technology will begin to get obsolete starting next year. Plus, the built-in DVD player one may not have the best picture.

Until then, you have a nice built in DVD player!
post #185 of 1908
Can someone confirm if the 32hl66,37hl66,42hl66 can do 1920*1080 or 1360*768 resolution when hook up to a PC through VGA. Thanks...
post #186 of 1908
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Originally Posted by johngeno View Post

Can someone confirm if the 32hl66,37hl66,42hl66 can do 1920*1080 or 1360*768 resolution when hook up to a PC through VGA. Thanks...

This was answered in post #150 of this thread.
post #187 of 1908
Are you using HD box, DVD player? Are you using HDMI cables, Component? Please describe what you are using, and how it is hooked in. I havetweaked this particular TV before, so maybe I can help.
post #188 of 1908
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Originally Posted by lorenzow View Post

This was answered in post #150 of this thread.


From reading #150 it mentioned only 1024*768, is this max res for the pc vga connection?
post #189 of 1908
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Originally Posted by crosby1 View Post

hannibal,
thanks very much. i have a comcast hd box and of course this being comcast, there's no hdmi output. so i'm using the dvi output on the box to the hdmi input on the tv with a monster dvi/hdmi cable. also have a run-of-the-mill dvd player hooked up via component cables. the set is mainly used for watching hdtv and digital cable channels and the weekend movie night with the family.

thanks again.

So how do you like it? Tell me what you think about the Picture Quality? Since each person is different in their preferences, let me know what your impression is and I WIll see if I can help you from there

Is the DVI to HDMI looking ok? Is it possible for you to get an updated box with HDMI? I simply asked my cable company and they gave me a 160GB DVR with HDMI in place of my old box

And how is your DVD picture quality? You definitely want to get a newer DVD player with HDMI output. That old dvd player is taking digital image, going to analog, then back to digital in your tv. HDMI remains uncompressed for the best possible image. I recommend the OPPO OPDV971H DVD player. (You have to see it to believe it)

I have 2 Installs this week. I have noticed that the ones that use upconvert DVD players through HDMI look waaaaay better. You may consider that. Also you absolutely have to get an OTA antenna. DO not get a "directional" but get an "Omni Directional" unit. RadioShack has some that work fine. You can pick up 3-12 Free HD Channels. You will be amazed that this HD stuff is being broadcast right over your head, waiting for you to go spend $40 on an antenna
post #190 of 1908
i currently own a jvc plasma, and i am thinking of getting a 42" lcd. i looked at the toshiba 42" 1080p set at a couple of stores, and am a little dissapointed with the pic. my jvc is only a edtv, shouldnt the pic on the toshiba be better? or do plasma displays still have a better pic than lcd? i am looking for suggestions. maybe i should go with a toshiba plasma? or are the sets at the store not adjusted properly? thanks for any input.btw, the reason i want to upgrade to an lcd over plasma is i will be hooking up a htpc. i am worried about burn in with the plasma.
post #191 of 1908
[quote=crosby1]my first impression is that the picture looked way better @ BB than it does in my house. QUOTE]

Unfortunately, using component will only get you so far. The compression and decompression of the signal is ok over component, but you have no compression with HDMI. If you get a DVD player get the HDMI compatible DVD players. As I said earlier, the OPPO is an excellent DVD player. It has been ranked up there with the HD DVD players.

As far as standard television goes, your not going to do much better than what you have. I am trying to dig up some exact settings for you. I was out installing a magnavox LCD on a back patio, and several small service calls and didnt have time for much else.

Did you mention you are receiving HD broadcasts? Are you using an Antenna for HD?

Also 7/10 times cable entering a house can be cheap, low quality "C" coax. I reccomend Quad Shield or RG6 with crimp on connectors. Maybe you can inspect the cable feed to your house. You can greatly reduce noise in your line which can do wonders for your tv. I once installed a $3500 1080P JVC panel, only to have a blocky, crappy looking screen After checking all the cables, he had to deal with cable company. At last word, he was receiving a much better signal. He had become used to watching static with his CRT tv's.

After you are satisfied you have a clean signal, and a decent dvd player, or cablebox, THEN we can get down to some tweaking

PS I opted for DVR last month and I am so glad I did. I was able to come home and watch "Path to 9/11" after working. I find all kinds of things to record now. I think it is worth $10 month. You get HDMI, 160GB DVR, and the latest video scaler chips with them.
post #192 of 1908
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Originally Posted by suzook11 View Post

shouldnt the pic on the toshiba be better?

Did you not like the Toshiba? I think it should be better than an EDTV, yes. I think this panel looks better than some of the higher end HDTVs I have seen. It is certainly better than the SPVA Sony Bravia's (KDL40S2000, KDL 46S2000).

What did you think of it?
post #193 of 1908
I am new to this forum and joined as I have had the HL196 for about three weeks. I swaped a malfunctioning Toshiba 42HP95 for the HL196 and am looking for some opinions from owners or those who have previously owned a comparable size plasma, especially a Toshiba. I am viewing the set from the same location and from the same source, standard Comcast cable - no box - no cable card, from which I receive SD, non-HD digital and local HD channels.

I don't know if it's my imagination, I was expecting too much from the set, or it is just not up to par with respect to HD broadcasts as my HP95. The HD just does not appear, to me, to have the same level of precision detail. The HD just does not wow me. I have also noticed that, while the set appears to handle high speed motion very well, regular moving objects seem to lose focus or blur ever so slightly but is noticable to the eye. There is also some fuzziness around the edges of images. The transition between images is not as sharp and defined, as if the pixels on the edges cannot make up their mind as to what they are supposed to be doing. I did not notice any of this with my HP95.

I use the Preference setting most of the time, adjusted to my eye, but plan on investing in a calibration DVD. This weekend I was in a Sears store and thought the picture on the display set was noticable better than on mine. While I know store display models are set to the highest settings and are directly fed a satellite HD signal, I have to admit I just don't think the HD is as good as on the HP95.

Any opinions/help/feedback would be greatly appreciated, especially with calibration if that will help.

Thanks.
post #194 of 1908
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Originally Posted by HannibalTheCanni View Post

Did you not like the Toshiba? I think it should be better than an EDTV, yes. I think this panel looks better than some of the higher end HDTVs I have seen. It is certainly better than the SPVA Sony Bravia's (KDL40S2000, KDL 46S2000).

What did you think of it?


i thought it was kinda flat looking. not vivid like my jvc plasma. maybe the feed to the set wasnt that good.
post #195 of 1908
AUDIO OUT / HEADPHONE QUESTIONS:

I am considering the 32" Toshiba LCD (at least one with the built in DVD player and one without). I was very disappointed to learn that these sets have no headphone jack. Since these will be part of a multi display system, I need to figure out how I can get the audio to a set of headphones without having audio from the speakers.

If I pick up a Radio shack 2-RCA male to headphone female adapter and connect to the audio outputs on the 32" toshiba will this work? Are these audio outputs fixed or variable? (i.e. does the volume through these increase and decrease with the volume control on the remote?) Can someone please test this? It is not on the specs anwhere on their site and I cannot find a Toshiba phone number on the site.
post #196 of 1908
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Originally Posted by lorenzow View Post

Not so dumb when you consider Toshiba's HD-DVD player only outputs 1080i and the BD player outputs 1080p. Toshiba don't want to provide incentives to go BD.

Hmm...I'm a little confused...so what does 1080p mean in this case? If it's OTA then it'll display 1080p otherwise the best you can do via input is 1080i which is basically the same as 720p?
post #197 of 1908
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Originally Posted by fedup View Post

Hmm...I'm a little confused...so what does 1080p mean in this case? If it's OTA then it'll display 1080p otherwise the best you can do via input is 1080i which is basically the same as 720p?

It means that the TV scales all input resolutions to 1080p which, if you do the math, is not the same as 720p (twice as many pixels). If you have a (true) 1080i broadcast signal, assuming the Regza uses weave and not bob deinterlacing, you'll see a full 1080 x 1920 with no loss of data.

I don't really know what's involved in scaling 1080i to 720p but I'm guessing it's scaling 540 to 720.
post #198 of 1908
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Originally Posted by lorenzow View Post

It means that the TV scales all input resolutions to 1080p which, if you do the math, is not the same as 720p (twice as many pixels). If you have a (true) 1080i broadcast signal, assuming the Regza uses weave and not bob deinterlacing, you'll see a full 1080 x 1920 with no loss of data.

I don't really know what's involved in scaling 1080i to 720p but I'm guessing it's scaling 540 to 720.

Thanks for the info. But does not having a 1080p input mean that the TV won't accept a 1080p input src at all?
post #199 of 1908
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Originally Posted by fedup View Post

Thanks for the info. But does not having a 1080p input mean that the TV won't accept a 1080p input src at all?

Yes, that's what it means. No passthrough, no processing, no nothin'.
post #200 of 1908
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Originally Posted by lorenzow View Post

Yes, that's what it means. No passthrough, no processing, no nothin'.

Is it me or does that kind of suck? It won't even downscale to 1080i? So if I have a ps3 that outputs 1080p it won't work? Or would the p3 (or whatever) also have to be able to output other resolutions for it to work on this TV? Thanks.
post #201 of 1908
I guess it would suck if you could actually tell the difference.
post #202 of 1908
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Originally Posted by lorenzow View Post

I guess it would suck if you could actually tell the difference.

Well, I'm not really concerned with being able to see the difference between 1080p and 1080i. I doubt I would be able to on a 42", but if I buy something that outputs 1080p and the TV won't display anything, then yes, that would suck.
post #203 of 1908
It is nice to be future-proof but it does limit your choices at the moment.
post #204 of 1908
why advertise 1080p if it only accepts up to 1080i? seems like they are throwing the 1080p into it to make it sound like it can take it. i agree with lorenzow about being able to tell the diference on a 42" set though.
post #205 of 1908
Or you can just purchase one of the two new LCD's that Toshiba just announced that appear to now accept 1080p - but do so without overscan and using 1:1 pixel mapping. Additionally a PC port....

It's the LZ series...Shipping now......

Therese
post #206 of 1908
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Originally Posted by lorenzow View Post

It is nice to be future-proof but it does limit your choices at the moment.

Hrm. Is this a problem specific to the Toshiba? Or do other sets have this problem? For example if a set has a lower native resolution will it downsample the signal or just not display anything at all? I'm looking at the Sony 40S2000 also. Thanks.
post #207 of 1908
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Originally Posted by suzook11 View Post

why advertise 1080p if it only accepts up to 1080i? seems like they are throwing the 1080p into it to make it sound like it can take it. i agree with lorenzow about being able to tell the diference on a 42" set though.

Exactly what I said in this post over on the JVC LT-40FN97 thread.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post8092991

I have no doubt that manufacturers are using "1080p" redundantly for their fixed-pixel 1920 x 1080 panels because it is the current buzzword, and likely to attract a buyer's attention.
post #208 of 1908
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Originally Posted by suzook11 View Post

why advertise 1080p if it only accepts up to 1080i? seems like they are throwing the 1080p into it to make it sound like it can take it. i agree with lorenzow about being able to tell the diference on a 42" set though.

It's common practice and not exclusive to the Regzas. JVC did it on their 1080p HD-ILA sets until this year's model came out. They still do it on their 1080p LCD FP's. Hitachi had a 720p LCD RP with "Virtual 1080p" - whatever that is.

What about so called 1080p source devices? When they're outputing a 1080p signal are they always using 1080p source material, or are they simply doing what TV's are being criticized for; upscaling 1080i or lower to 1080p? If so, what's wrong with the TV doing it for you, especially with the quality of scaler you get from JVC and Toshiba?
post #209 of 1908
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Originally Posted by wpwj40e View Post

Or you can just purchase one of the two new LCD's that Toshiba just announced that appear to not accept 1080p - but do so without overscan and using 1:1 pixel mapping. Additionally a PC port....

It's the LZ series...Shipping now......

Therese

Therese,

"appear to NOT accept 1080p"? Is that a typo? The announcement for the new HD-DVD player states:
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The new HD-XA2 HD DVD player's 1080p output capability complements Toshiba's new Cinema SeriesĀ® Pro LCD TVs which provide true HD 1080p input capability via HDMI.
post #210 of 1908
[b][quote]Originally Posted by wpwj40e
Or you can just purchase one of the two new LCD's that Toshiba just announced that appear to not accept 1080p - but do so without overscan and using 1:1 pixel mapping. Additionally a PC port....

It's the LZ series...Shipping now......

Therese

Where can I find info on the LZ.A google search didn't turn up anything.
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