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post #6781 of 14269
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Originally Posted by impronto View Post

hi guys, proud new owner of the 50 inch a2000. my question is, I have hd through rogers. basically, the box allows me to put passthrough on, should I do that for the best picture?

If i split it up, is passthrough better for sd, let the tv upconvert the 480i signal to 1080p or have it not passthrough and let the box upconvert it to 480p or even 1080i before reaching the tv?

same for hd

anyones opinion on this please?
post #6782 of 14269
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Originally Posted by Bob Fosse View Post

Thanks Jeff,

We have consulted with a different ISF calibrator in our area with better credentials and the kind of instrumentation that you have. We will have him come out to re-evaluate our problem and do an ISF calibration if necessary. This is a quite a learning experience. Your input has been most valuable and appreciated. Thank you.

Incidently I did buy the Charlotte Gray DVD that you recommended and the green tinge is apparent there too. Both my wife and I see the green artifacts on the shadows of faces. Somehow HD broadcasts seem to bring it out even worse however. I'll check out the DVE tomorrow but we definitely have a problem.

I'll let you know the outcome.

It sounds like you have a problem with your set for certain. Hopefully, the other person will be able to resolve it for you.
post #6783 of 14269
Just a few questions

1. Can this set do 1:1 pixel mapping?
2. Is there a way to turn off overscan?
3. Does this set need to be calibrated?
4. For the xbox 360 and hd-dvd add on-> I know the a2000 can only do 1080i through component, but is there any real discernable difference between 1080i and 1080p in regard to PQ and/or lag?
5. Recommendations between the samsung hl-s5687/88w and the A2000?
post #6784 of 14269
I don't suppose there's been a FAQ thrown together from the information gathered over the 220+ pages of this thread, has there?

In any case, I was wondering what the PC connectivity options are. The manual on Sony's website shows 1280x768 as the highest resolution allowed on the PC input. Is this really the case? What about using my PC's DVI to the Sony's HDMI? Would the full 1920x1080 be supported then?

I'm sorry if the question's been asked (and answered) a million times, but wading through a few hundred pages here takes some time
post #6785 of 14269
I have a quik easy about the a2000 SXRD. I recently purchased the xbox 360 hd dvd add on and I am wanting to purchase a VGA cable so that I can upconvert sd dvds to 1080i. Is the port in back labeled pc the vga port? and can the SXRD do 1080i over vga?

Thanks for any answers!
Doh I think the guys post above mine answered part of my question.
post #6786 of 14269
VGA and the A2000 are a waste of time...the vga max is 1280x720...you will only fill around 2/3rds of the screen...just stick with 1080i over components for now
post #6787 of 14269
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Originally Posted by Sarcoptic View Post

VGA and the A2000 are a waste of time...the vga max is 1280x720...you will only fill around 2/3rds of the screen...just stick with 1080i over components for now

Yeap looks like I will be doing that, thanks for the reply.
post #6788 of 14269
This fourm is a great resource, and I have been digging thru it for the past few hours, and I found a few pieces of the puzzle, but have finally decided to register and seek your help directly.

I bought a Sony KDS-50A2000 last week at CC, and I upgraded my standard cable to Digital and picked up a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD cable box the next day. I picked up 33 digital stations over the air without the box or an antenna, so if I could live without the HD tier (and ESPN HD) on TW, I could drop the box eventually I guess. I had to run my Audio from the Cable Box to my Old Kenwood receiver using Composite RCA cables (No Digital Inputs), since I found out by trail and error that the TV's Digital and Composite Outs don't work when using the digital input. After the sting of buying the TV wears off I'll be upgrading the sound system I guess.

The issue at the moment however is that when I connected the cable box using the HDMI cable to the Video Input 6, HDMI on the TV, I only get SNOW/STATIC until I change the channel to an SD/Info station that is hardwired into the remote's "Help" button (changes the channel to 411). Then, I can surf channels with the channel buttons and view anything. Once you turn off the TV, you have to again hit the "Help" button and go to that info station before viewing any other stations.

Is this a software issue/ "handshaking" isssue, TV issue, cable box issue? Is there a better workaround? Is there a way to set the TV or Cable box "General Settings"?

The TV is GREAT, picture is fabulous...but turning on the TV, Cablebox, Receiver, and doing this channel changing trick is more than my wife and daughter can handle. Even using the "All Power" macro on the cable box remote, and turning it all on for them keeps getting screwed up...since half the time one component or the other is on already and gets turned off....sigh.

Is there a way to make the 411 channel the default station, or to force the cable box or TV to remember the last station they were tuned to?

Thanks again for all the info on the site.

Hue
post #6789 of 14269
I get the snow periodically from my SA8300HD box when it changes between resolutions. Especially when going from an SD channel to an HD channel. I put a macro in my harmony remote to switch to a different video input on the tv and then switch back. This causes the HDMI to resync.

If its happening when it comes on its probably because your cable box is coming on before the TV is. Let the TV come on first then turn on the cable box.
post #6790 of 14269
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Originally Posted by HDRob View Post

Just out of curiosity, were any of the SXRD owners lucky enough to get a PS3 over the weekend? I just got one at launch and am looking to get the 60" and was wondering how it is behaving with this tv? PM me with any details, thanks!

I have my PS3 hooked up to my 50" and it looks spectacular. HDMI auto - configured the resolution to 1080p and the Blu-ray movies make me drool.
post #6791 of 14269
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Originally Posted by Selvos View Post

Just a few questions

1. Can this set do 1:1 pixel mapping?
2. Is there a way to turn off overscan?
3. Does this set need to be calibrated?
4. For the xbox 360 and hd-dvd add on-> I know the a2000 can only do 1080i through component, but is there any real discernable difference between 1080i and 1080p in regard to PQ and/or lag?
5. Recommendations between the samsung hl-s5687/88w and the A2000?

1. Yes - with 1080i/p in.
2. No - there is slight optical overscan due to mechanical tolerance issues.
3. "Need"? It doesn't absolutely NEED it, but having it calibrated by an isf trained person will make a world of difference (but then, I am biased).
4. No comment (have no basis for making a statement, but some have reported no difference)
5. HDMI
post #6792 of 14269
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Originally Posted by umr View Post

It sounds like you have a problem with your set for certain. Hopefully, the other person will be able to resolve it for you.

If the ISF calibrator does find a problem with my A2000 which he cannot fix do you or anyone know how easy it is to get Sony to exchange it for a new one and how to go about it?
post #6793 of 14269
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Originally Posted by omarr View Post

I don't suppose there's been a FAQ thrown together from the information gathered over the 220+ pages of this thread, has there?

In any case, I was wondering what the PC connectivity options are. The manual on Sony's website shows 1280x768 as the highest resolution allowed on the PC input. Is this really the case? What about using my PC's DVI to the Sony's HDMI? Would the full 1920x1080 be supported then?

I'm sorry if the question's been asked (and answered) a million times, but wading through a few hundred pages here takes some time

PC to SXRC via DVI to HDMI works great. Yes, it supports full 1920x1080 (but you won't see it all because of overscan) - my ATI shows the Sony offering a 1772x1000 resolution - which displays the full desktop on screen - whereas by going to 1920x1080 the 'Start' and toolbar are lost off the bottom of the screen.
post #6794 of 14269
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Originally Posted by jimmyv View Post

PC to SXRC via DVI to HDMI works great. Yes, it supports full 1920x1080 (but you won't see it all because of overscan) - my ATI shows the Sony offering a 1772x1000 resolution - which displays the full desktop on screen - whereas by going to 1920x1080 the 'Start' and toolbar are lost off the bottom of the screen.

I bought a dvi -->hdmi cable from monoprice (of course). looks great. my overscan is not too bad. i played call of duty 2 in 1080. very small part of the left side of my compass was cut off due to overscan, but the game was totally playable and awesome. if you have problems with overscan and the task bar, remember you can unlock it and drag it up to make it taller if you know what i mean. also, your video card may allow you to adjust for overscan too. this tv rocks!
post #6795 of 14269
Thanks Civicsixxx
post #6796 of 14269
I bought my KDS50A2000 Sat. at BB while it was on sale plus they took an extra $300(HD cable upgrade) off because the Magnolia sales manager told me I could take it off the top even though I didn't want it delivered or BB to plug in my cable box which I already have, ha ha. I felt kinda bad but that whole "we'll deliver, upgrade your cable and pocket the cash" is such a scam anyway, none of the employees on the floor could explain it thats why the manager dude got involved. Bottom line I did better than anything I could find online. They didn't have it in stock so I have to wait until tommorrow to pick it up.
I didn't buy the extended warranty but after reading through the last five or ten pages I'm kind of leaning towards buying it now before pick up, any input would be appreciated.
My main Q. is regarding the upconverting of sources less than 1080p I'm not really clear about it. Does the TV itself do it or does it have to be the source such as the cable box or up converting dvd player.
post #6797 of 14269
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Originally Posted by umr View Post

I am in California today and will be in Oregon tomorrow. I will return in March.


March hmmm, if you have time I will have to setup a calibration.
post #6798 of 14269
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Originally Posted by XBRSteve View Post

Deleted the equipment listed in my sig. not sure why we had to though??????

If everyone listed their equipment the response time at AVS would be effected. At least that's my theory.

Your "Public Profile" does the same thing at a much lower performance cost.

Now if folks would edit quoted posts to make them more relevant to their replys AVS performance would sky rocket.
post #6799 of 14269
Just been to circuit city for a search, the rep was mention that this model is of 1080p wasn't sure to confirm , need some feed back regarding this model any ideas from the pros.
post #6800 of 14269
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Originally Posted by JONYGIRL View Post

Just been to circuit city for a search, the rep was mention that this model is of 1080p wasn't sure to confirm , need some feed back regarding this model any ideas from the pros.

All SXRD sets are 1080p. This years models are the A2000 series and the XBR2 series.
post #6801 of 14269
Thanks htwaits
What I want to know is how is good when compared to panny 52" LCD Projection HDTV (PT-52LCX66) , any suggestions would be appreciated.
post #6802 of 14269
Well, I played with it all night again... Order that you turn the TV and CableBox on did not matter. Going in and setting the cable box to output other resolutions besides 1080i only makes causes a loss of picture each time you switch between stations that are different resolutions. Changing the video input and then back to the HDMI resotred the picture most of the time. I noticed once HEROES came on and started recording, and I switched over to Cable input on the TV, and then back to the HDMI input, I lost picture and NOTHING would bring it back. I turned off everything and could never get a picture, until I hit the Music button on the remote that changed channels to a digital music station.

I called TW this morning and the tech just shrugged and said sorry, we do not guarantee HDMI connections will work, use the componet cables provided. She also gave me an email address to forward my issue too, so as to at least be on record or show some demand for full HDMI support.... This is the letter I sent....in case it has any details I left out from before.

Thanks for all your help, guess I'll just have to live with the extra button pushing for awhile.

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Please let this e-mail serve as a record of my issue with the HDMI connection and the SA8300HD cable box provided by Time Warner - Gastonia.

I purchased a Sony KDS-50A2000 (50, SXRD, Full HD, 1080p) with two HDMI inputs last week. I also purchased a 2 meter Monster Brand HDMI cable for $100.

I was very disappointed to learn from your customer service that the HDMI output on the SA8300HD is not fully supported or guaranteed to work.

I receive a spectacular picture over the HDMI cable, BUT when powering on the TV and Cable Box, the screen is filled with Snow/Static until I switch tuners, or change channels to an SD station and then Back to an HD station, or change video inputs back and forth on the TV. I have researched the issue and think it has something to do with the Copyright protection implemented over the SA8300HD's HDMI port, and handshaking issues between the TV and Cable box.

Once I have switched channels or tuners via picture in picture functions on the cable box, I have no further issues. I attempted to change the Cable Box to pass different resolutions to the TV using the general settings to enable 720p, 480p, 480i etc. Doing this causes snow to occur and loss of picture each time the channel is changed to a station with a different resolution than the previous channel.

As it stands now, the cable box is set to up-convert and sends all signals to the TV at 1080i. When powering on the TV and Cable box (order doesn't matter I have tried both) the TV displays only snow until I switch stations using the pre-assigned HELP button on the remote. This changes the station to 411then I can surf channels normally. Until I get a picture, the remote buttons for channel up and down will not function, nor will any of the number keys. Another method of getting a picture is to change the Video Input on the TV to a different input and then back to the HDMI input. This will not work when the DVR is engaged and recording. I also had success with choosing the PIP key and swapping tuners/inputs, and with using the pre-assigned MUSIC key on the remote.

I understand how hard it is to keep up with changing technologies, and I hope that a software, firmware or equipment solution is made available as soon as possible.

Please put my name on any lists that you feel will illustrate the demand for your products to offer Full HDMI support.


Thank you,

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Addresss
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post #6803 of 14269
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Originally Posted by kgt12 View Post

The Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive will be coming out soon but will max out at 1080i through component. It will pass 1080p through VGA only.

Has anyone found out if it is possible to get VGA signals to display properly (and fully) on the A2000? Or will we be stuck with 1080i through component?

Thanks

Sorry to say but youre stuck with 1080i for the moment as the 2000 does only support 1080p via HDMI.
Has anybody tried to use a converter for the component signal from Xbox360? Maybe you could use one component to DVI and then one DVI to HDMI. Would this work?
post #6804 of 14269
Good lord, this thread needs a table of contents. As a new A2000 owner, I'm thinking there must be something worth knowing burried somewhere in these 200 some-odd pages, but I have no idea what or where it is Are there any major highlights for this model that "all owners should know" before I start randomly prowling around, all wide-eyed and lost?
post #6805 of 14269
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Originally Posted by Triz View Post

I have my PS3 hooked up to my 50" and it looks spectacular. HDMI auto - configured the resolution to 1080p and the Blu-ray movies make me drool.

can you please post some pics of some games and bluray movies?

thanks!
post #6806 of 14269
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Originally Posted by AirGibson View Post

Good lord, this thread needs a table of contents. As a new A2000 owner, I'm thinking there must be something worth knowing burried somewhere in these 200 some-odd pages, but I have no idea what or where it is Are there any major highlights for this model that "all owners should know" before I start randomly prowling around, all wide-eyed and lost?

Read all the posts by davehancock and you'll be 85% there. Add those by UMR and Googer and you'll be 99% there.
post #6807 of 14269
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Originally Posted by jonathankk View Post

can you please post some pics of some games and bluray movies?

thanks!


when I get home Ill try to upload a few Jonathankk.
post #6808 of 14269
Hello-question RE sound hookup. I currently have SA 8300HD box with HDMI to my 50a2000 for picture and optical digital out from the box directly to my receiver for 5.1, etc. Everything works great, not using the TV for sound currently. My question is how to hook up an XBox with this configuration since the cable is component--My receiver doesn't accept a HDMI signal, hence the reason for the optical digital out...thanks for any help!
post #6809 of 14269
hi,

i have a slight green blob on my week old a2000 that i'm starting to obsess over. this does not seem to disappear even after leaving the set on. it seems like most of the people who have this blob have had their optical blocks replaced.

question to all of you who've had their optical blocks replaced. what did you tell the repair guy was wrong with the tv? did you just say "i have a green blob"?

thanks

vk
post #6810 of 14269
My green blobish type problem exists, but its only when there is no signal coming from the HD-DVD player / PS3...... but the device is on. But once a signal comes though all the green is gone. So im fine.
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