So your argument relies on CRTs that may not be the cream of the crop types and therefore cannot show the artifacts induced into the signal by the SD feed, correct?
I have seen shows that have a "pure" picture with "zero" degradation and this same feed on the 42" showing a far inferior picture. Is my set just not good enough that it not only shows a "way" more defined/clean/clear/precise picture vs. the 42" because it is "masking" the signal source? It's almost like a digital vs. film debate where one can say "all" digital cameras (my CRT) are artifactual and that the grain we see in film (42" Panny) is the real look of the source.
Let me just say this much:
What I am seeing now is like having a 2MP point and shoot digicam and printing out an 8X10" photo.
What I see in the CRT is like having a 4X5 w/Betterlight back and producing that same 8X10" picture.
Will having the full HDTV setup for my cable make me have this Betterlight setup? Will feeding the 42" with the very best HD player on the market make my CRT look like the 2MP point and shoot???