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I haven't embarrassed myself publicly lately, so now seems like an ideal time to just ask some questions I probably should know the answer to. It's all about my Elite 720HD TV. Here we go.


1. Progressive Scan/HDTV Ready -- when it says it converts all SD-TV signals to 1080i, what exactly does that mean? It seems the original quality is still there. Does it really improve the pic?


2. Scan Velocity Modulation Circuit -- Can anyone tell me what this is in laymen's terms?


3. Pure-Cinema Format -- Do most folks use this feature? Do you think it really makes a difference? Does it apply to DVD input through component video as well?


4. Color Temp -- I have all mine set to standard. I moved it to film and just find the picture loses it's crispness/brightness... I know that's the point, but I just don't think it looks as good. Do others have an opinion on this?


5. Picture Mode -- I think this is part and parcel of the last question, but I'm going to ask just in case. I leave mine in STD. Theater mode again, just feels a little too dark. Is it something I could/should try to get used to?


6. Overall, can anyone help me understand how items three, four and five above inter-relate? Does the setting for one negate the other?


7. RLS Level -- How do most folks set this. My Elite (my baby) is in a dedicated room which is quite dark. When viewing movies I have rope lighting around the perimeter and find the overall light level is pleasing.


That should be enough to do the job. Any comments or help would be most appreciated. Thanks everyone,

Russ
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1. SD signals are 480i. Your elite 720 will convert 480i to 480p. The 20 series Elites do not upconvert 480i signals to 1080i. The new Elite 30 series do, but not the 20.


2. Can't give you a good definition of SVM, but the general consensus is to turn it off.


3. the pure cinema effects is basically the quality of the conversion from 480i to 480p. If you are using a progressive scan dvd player, this will be disabled. If you input 480i, try to keep the pure cinema effects to HQ. This does a better job with 3:2 pulldown.


I would recommend that you place the TV in "Reference Theater Mode" and use avia or video essentials to calibrate from there. The RTM is designed to turn off unnecessary video processing and produce a more filmlike image. It turns of RLS, SVM, sets the color temperature to Film. RTM also turns the contrast down in the service menu to safe levels, and it may be a little too dark. That is why you really need to start in Ref theater, but use avia to calibrate from there to establish the correct levels. Ref theater just gets you close.
 
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