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Old 10-10-2003, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default Now I went and did it...I've got an HDTV

So yeah, who can give me tips on properly tuning the colors and such?

Got it last night because I thougth my current TV was b0rken. Hooked up the HD, and of course, the problem was with the cable. Either wya, I'm going to hang on to the HD now.

I know that the out-of-box color visual settings aren't the best. With nothing special to help me, like a DVD, what's a good way to get a nice color balance on this thing?

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Old 10-10-2003, 11:42 AM   #2
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Old 10-10-2003, 11:42 AM   #3
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what's the make/model?

try avsforum.com - their Display Devices forum should hold plenty of useful info.
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Old 10-10-2003, 11:47 AM   #4
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Old 10-10-2003, 11:49 AM   #5
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oh, it's the Advent 27", 1080i. Not sure on the exact model number.

Basically, I was at the store last night, kinda in a panic, thinking I needed a TV.

It came down to this one for $469, or an open box of the same brand at 32" for $599.

I figured there'd be no way in hell I could lift the larger one, or fit it in my car, so I got the smaller one (which also barely fit in my car, and I needed help lifting)
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Old 10-10-2003, 11:54 AM   #6
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angelo is saving up for one of these:




Samsung HLM507W 50" DLP HDTV

let's see... only C$4500 to go!
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Old 10-10-2003, 12:01 PM   #7
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hmm, i'll see what i can find.
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Old 10-10-2003, 12:46 PM   #8
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Any idea if it supports 720p natively, JGard? Seems like a great price for an HDTV, and that's about the size I'd be looking for...

:edit: Unfortunately not
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Old 10-10-2003, 01:00 PM   #9
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Do you get lots of HD programming in Beantown? Around here we only get 5 channels from digital cable and only 2 are network (neither of which carry football or baseball)
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Old 10-10-2003, 01:09 PM   #10
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Any idea if it supports 720p natively, JGard? Seems like a great price for an HDTV, and that's about the size I'd be looking for...

:edit: Unfortunately not
http://www.ce.org/publications/books...isting2003.pdf
I'm not sure I know what you mean.

I know it does 1080i, and it does 480p, so I would think it could do 720p, no? I'll have to look at the manual when I get home. Best buy's site is worthless, and I can't find Advent's web site.
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Old 10-10-2003, 01:11 PM   #11
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Lots of TV's convert a 720p signal up to 1080i. Since the TV channels around here broadcast in 720p and a few Xbox games are 720p, I'm trying to find a reasonable HDTV that supports it natively.
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Old 10-10-2003, 01:12 PM   #12
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Do you get lots of HD programming in Beantown? Around here we only get 5 channels from digital cable and only 2 are network (neither of which carry football or baseball)
don't know yet! I'll find out soon, though
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Old 10-10-2003, 01:13 PM   #13
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Lots of TV's convert a 720p signal up to 1080i. Since the TV channels around here broadcast in 720p and a few Xbox games are 720p, I'm trying to find a reasonable HDTV that supports it natively.
ahh... actually, most channels are 1080i, only ABC and affiliates are 720p.

My TV wasn't even listed on that PDF...so let me see what I can find online.
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Old 10-10-2003, 01:16 PM   #14
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Oh, sorry. The 32'' model is. I figured yours would be the same.
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Old 10-10-2003, 01:20 PM   #15
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well, I can't find anything on there...but I'm guessing you're right.

From what I've read, you can't really see any difference between 720p and 1080i
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Old 10-10-2003, 01:21 PM   #16
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JGard - Get a test DVD to help you adjust the TV's setting. Best two right now are:

Sound & Vision Tuneup - from the S&V magazine. Easy and simple to use for beginners.

Digital Video Essential - much more advanced, with lots of test patterns you can use, if you want to go into the service menu of the TV to do adjustment.

Both are about $18 online.

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About 720p and 1080i. Most CRT-based HD monitors are 1080i native, while LCD/LCoS/DLP and plasmas are usually 720p. Both are HD, and really doesn't matter usually, as all set-top-box will output both.

Only problem is with 720p XBOX games. If your TV won't accept 720p (like many CRT models), than you can't play those games in HD.

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Old 10-10-2003, 01:22 PM   #17
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Old 10-10-2003, 02:04 PM   #18
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*sigh*
no one has mentioned www.hometheaterforum.com ??
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Old 10-10-2003, 02:12 PM   #19
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*sigh*
no one has mentioned www.hometheaterforum.com ??
*sigh*

Some people just can't read these days.

BTW, JGard, expect to be underwhelmed by HDTV. You'll find that most HDTV is broadcast in 16:9 which will be letterbox on a 4:3 TV if your TV or receiver support that (it should). What's great is when a 16:9 broadcast shows a 4:3 recording...then your TV just looks small.

But, not all channels use 16:9 format. Our local CBS station does not. So you have to switch setting back and forth depending on the channel you're watching.

Also, most programming isn't even in HD, so even though the signal is, it only looks marginally better.

That said, HD programming with an HD tuner and TV look great.
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Old 10-10-2003, 10:21 PM   #20
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Speaking of HDTV...tonight i saw an Alero w/ the license plate: LUV HDTV

Thought of this thread immediately.
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Old 10-10-2003, 10:51 PM   #21
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My friend has that 50" Samsung DLP. It's beautiful.

He has about 10 HDTV channels via his digi cable. There are 6 stations locally in my area(Cincinnati) that are broadcasting over the air in digital. You do need a specific antenna to capture that kind of broadcast...and obviously a HD tuner. Our local cable provider gives you a tuner with their "HD" service(which is free with digital cable....they just have to send a tech out to see that you have an HD TV to give you the box). You pay the same rental fee for that box as for a regular digital cable box. It's just able to feed the signal to the TV in digital format on the HD channels.

For switching between the modes(16:9 and 4:3), he just programmed a function into his remote to bounce between the two. If he flips to a channel in 16:9, just hit the button and it swaps to the other mode.

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Old 10-11-2003, 01:05 PM   #22
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Ummm....most X-box games I've seen, that run HD, only run it at 480p. I've yet to come across a 720p, or 1080i.
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Old 10-11-2003, 01:15 PM   #23
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720P:

EPSN NFL Football
Soul Calibur II

Unspecified on case:

Unreal Tournament

Three of my eight games support high definition.

The others that don't are older.

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Soul Calibur is 720p? I was playing the demo and thought it was 480p....oh well.
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Soul Calibur is 720p? I was playing the demo and thought it was 480p....oh well.
Yep, Soul Calibur is the 720p gaming poster child.
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