Originally Posted by JDBull
TampaBuc, nice set up. Very similar to mine, except I went with the 55". I got mine in time for the FSU vs. NC State game. The picture quality was jaw dropping.
A few questions:
1) Is your TV stand/furniture from Mullen's Furniture? I just had mine delivered a couple weeks ago from Mullen's (i.e. I'm in Lutz) and it is perfect for my room and the TV.
2) Like you, my room has hard wood floors. Do you have any acoustic issues with the quality of the sound related to having the sound not be absorbed by the room?
3) Also, what did you use for HDMI cables (i.e. assuming you have everything hooked up through HDMI)? Monster? Monoprice etc.? Any issues with picture quality?
4) Looks like you are in a well lit room. Did you use the factory settings or other settings from this forum or Cnet etc.?
Again, great set up!
And yes, the extent of Brighthouse's HD content leaves me questioning whether I should switch to another provider...
Thanks for the kind words. It's nice to finally be able to talk about the set.
1) The entertainment center is from Haverty's but the set was just recently discontinued after a 2+ year run (if anyone was interested).
2) Acoustics are defiantly an issue with the wide open hard-wood room. It still sounds great to my ears though and as always, the louder the better.
3) I currently run HDMI on the HD-DVD player and HD Cable Box. No A/B tests needed, HDMI is superior based on past experience. I stumbled upon a great open box screw-up on the so-so Acoustic Research HDMI cables at BestBuy. Normally $63, they were mispriced at $20. I would have gone with one of AVS partners otherwise. Now I have to research and decide on a new receiver. Only 2 HDMI inputs is a big handicap. I can't connect a PC (DVI-HDMI) right now and if the xbox360 can be upgraded, or I pick-up a PS3, I'm really out of luck.
4) The room could not be any more well-lit, year-round. This is FL, you know what I am talking about. To make things worse, I have a huge sliding glass door directly behind the TV with pool deck reflections....
I started out with the cnet settings but quickly realized that power-savings mode was not an option for me, not nearly bright enough. Tweaking is still in progress but my previous set was a CRT-RP. I can finally watch football on Sat/Sun afternoons with a pool view. The anti-glare screen is great but the severe SSE it produces, especially for hockey has me looking at other options while I am still within the return period...just looking at this point.
5) Speaking of Brighthouse, formerly TimeWarner, I was a huge supporter for years. I was watching HDTV cable back in 2000/01 thanks to them. The overall quality is not bad, my issue is with the networks but BH is still dragging their ass on ESPNHD2 and NFL Network HD and it's driving me crazy. I will drop them like a rock as soon as VIOS is available in my area.
Good luck with your new set!