Originally Posted by trapperjohnMD
thats a common complain for people switching from analog CRT. SD was MUCH better on that platform. Unfortunately you must embrasse the future.
Well, after watching my first Blu-Ray tonight (I Am Legend), along with watching a lot of broadcast HD and playing 360/PS3, I am suitably impressed with the 1080 picture to not worry so much about SD.
Although, a lot of the extras on "Legend' are in SD - the PS3 was sending them to the set as 480p and I have to say it looked pretty good. Between that and different SD analog/digital broadcast channels, I'm discovering the quality of the source material does have a lot to do with how SD looks. Seems like worse SD sources looked better on CRT, whereas good ones look better on the new set.
BTW - never watch it stretch. There is no burn in so never ever a need to stretch anything ever. did I mention ever?
Yeah, I know about no burn-in, I was just playing around with the settings plus I believe it ships in 16:9 stretch mode by default. There is one reason to watch stretch, though, which is 16:9 letterboxed in a 4:3 frame. Unfortunately it seems like the 'Zoom 1' mode tends to stretch things a little more than it should resulting in a good portion of the top and bottom of the picture being cut off. I don't know if what's being broadcast isn't really 16:9 or the implementation is just off, but it seems like a logical thing for one of the stretch modes to work that way. It would be nice if they just let you set the X/Y zoom factor manually (maybe you can in the service menu?). But, it's a minor nit, and hopefully within a year or two it's not even an issue as the SD channels disappear.
Overall, first week, extremely happy