Okay, so I've been following this forum since the beginning of September. I had been using a 27" Panny CRT for 4 years. I had an HD box, but no HDTV. So I decided it was time. With PS3 coming up, I needed to upgrade. This forum has been so helpful. I was considering the XBR2 as well, but I purchased the 46d62u which was way less than a 40XBR2, so I'm happy. So, I went into BB yesterday, negotiated the price down to a good amount, and took the plunge. I want to think this forum for informing me that BB was negotiable. I had no clue!
Okay, let's go.
Hooked up my Comcast Motorola 3412 via HDMI. Awesome.
Hooked up my Apple Powerbook G4 via HDMI. Sweet.
I have 2 questions for anyone who may know:
1) Using Dot by Dot when watching from an HD box, does anyone else see any noise on the top of their screens when viewing non-HD commercials and non-HD channels? I used to see it when I had my HD box plugged into my 5 year old 27" Panny CRT. I'm beginning to think I should use Stretch mode when watching SD channels to get rid of the noise on top. I probably just answered my own question, but the noise is probably there becase I'm using Dot by Dot and I'm seeing every line and every pixel, and the noise would not be there if the feed was slightly overscanned.
2) I connected my PowerBook G4 via HDMI. Used 1:1, and it's friggin amazing. I'm typing this from my couch right now with my bluetooth mouse & keyboard (a dream!). Okay, so when I look at my display preferences it tells me that the Mac is outputting 1920x1080 interlaced @ 60Hz. But when I hit the display button on my Sharp remote, it says that the input is coming in as a 1080p. I jumped for joy when I saw 1080p because I've read other threads stating that older PowerBooks are only capable of 1080i, and the new Mac Books can do 1080p. Okay, so I guess my question is, what am I outputting and what am I looking at on the display? 1080i or 1080p? Regardless, it looks damn good.
On a side note, I popped in "The Matrix Reloaded" into my Powerbook, and I seriously was amazed. I knew DVDs looked pretty good, but coming from a 27" CRT, I was seriously blown away. In particular, I looked at the highway chase scene. I kept thinking "Wow, do I really need HD-DVD/Blu-ray????" I know, I know. I've seen how they look in the stores, they are definitely drop dead gorgeous. I'm just reacting to watching a DVD on an HDTV for the first time ever. I guess I'll be even more blown away after I get my PS3 and pop in a Blu-ray movie. Anyone have any suggestions on which movie to purchase first?
BTW, I LOVE this TV.