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Any way to get SD channels to look better?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by DomLando, Jun 10, 2007.

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  1. DomLando

    DomLando Cool Member

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    I have a 60 inch Sony. With my H20 the 480i channels look pretty bad. Some worse than others. When I had cable these channels looked significantly better. Is there any settings I can mess with or anything I can do to get these channels to look better?
     
  2. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

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    Please give us some more information. Connection type, display format on TV and HR20.
     
  3. DomLando

    DomLando Cool Member

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    Connection type is by HDMI. But I tried both that and Component. My tv supports all resolutions. I tried displaying it in 480i and p doesn't seem to make a difference.
     
  4. davring

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    A bad source really looks bad the bigger it gets....The best sollution I have found is pillar-box and soften your "sharpness" setting. There even is alot of variation among 480i channels, some are not bad at all and others are pathetic. YMMV
     
  5. edmartin

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    I have a Sony, too (smaller... see my sig line) and also moved from cable to D* (in November). It took me quite a while to get SD to look acceptable. Obviously, SD is not going to look as good as HD but like you, I just wanted it to look as good as it did on the old cable.

    While I did play with the sharpness on the TV a bit, the magic for me ended up being HDMI, native on and all resolutions (obviously, 480i in this case) turned on on the HR20.

    Every once in a while, I end up playing around with component and/or native off - and it still looks far inferior (for me) than HDMI & native on - even after multiple software updates from D* since November.
     
  6. BobV

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    There is calibration software that you can use for your TV and Sound system.
    The one that I use is Avia.
    If you have your equipment calibrated, it will make a magor differants!!!
     
  7. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

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    If your sharpness is not already set to 0, do so.

    You can also try using S-video for SD only, as I have sometimes seen an improvement when doing that for SD.

    The biggest problem is source quality...you can' t make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.:)

    For that reason, I almost never watch an SD channel except for news. (MSNBC/CNN/Link-TV, etc.)

    ...and yes, some SD channels at times are better than others, they are all poor on a big display, but some are downright terrible.
     
  8. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

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    Your viewing distance will make a HUGE differenct as well. Like mom always said, don't sit so close to the TV. :grin:

    Been to far to many houses where people complain overall about the picture quality. I look at their system, they are siting so close to the tv that you can see the "window screen" on the jumbotron plasma.
     
  9. BobV

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    Mybe thats why I cann't see like I use to.:lol:
     
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