Originally Posted by Pcar928fan
I have a 70" and I have noticed that different sources prefer different picture settings. I was just wondering why this is.
For instance. With my DirecTV HD TiVo box, some SD channels look fine over component and others just don't. My Laser Disc player goes through my Rotel reciever. It goes in on S-video and comes out on component. It needs/wants different settings than the Sat box. My DVD player goes through the Rotel all component and it likes different settings than the others and even some DVD's are different. I never saw this on my old Pioneer Elite Pro-510...
All that said, my HDMI inputs seem the same regardless (though I can't test the LD player through these inputs). It does not matter what channel I am watching over Sat or which DVD I am watching, they all seem to have a GREAT PQ and all colors seem correct.
Any thoughts on that???
I'm not sure why anyone would expect anything different. Every source has it's specific characterists... color, sharpness (or lack of), contrast, black level, white level. Whenever one of those changes (let alone all of them at the same time), you need different settings to get the most out of that source. That's why I have my cable/satellite box connected to my XBR2 by HDMI and component both. I have the HDMI input set to optimize HD programming and the component input set to optimize standard def programming. Differences between sources is also why I never use an A/V receiver or surround processor as a video switcher. If everything was connected to the receiver/processor, you'd only be able to use 1 group of settings for each of those sources. I also connect my Blu-ray player via HDMI and component cables. I view Blu-ray discs using the HDMI input and view DVDs using the component connections. Both of those inputs have wildly different settings on the XBR2. DVDs look like crap through the HDMI connection unless I reset all the parameters (how many are there, 8? 10?, I never counted) to the DVD settings.
Laserdisc? Man, you keep fighting to the bitter end! LOL! I can't stand looking at laserdiscs any more.
Almost forgot... because programming providers don't get the same quality of signal from every channel they carry and because the programming provider may feel like they can get away with more compression on The Weather Channel, QVC, or a local access channel than the could with Discovery or National Geographic, all standard def (or HD) channels are not created equal either. So you might find that tweaking everything to make Sci-Fi (standard def) look it's best may not give you the absolute best results on A&E for example. So even with separate connections, there will still be some compromise.