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01-17-2010, 09:00 AM
Hey everybody, I have a question regarding a Sony Bravia Kdl-40s504 (I will also include this link for its specs) http://www.walmart.com/Sony-Bravia-40-1080p/ip/10926914 ... Now I just got this tv last monday and on thursday went to comcast and got the HD Dvr box to view HD programs.. Now I dont know if its just me or what but Im sort of disappointed in the quality of the HD picture so much so that I had a comcast guy come out here..Now first let me start by saying that I have a ps3 slim hooked up to it that I play games and only watched the blu ray disc that came with the system.. Now on that disc the previews for blu ray movies looked pretty good and the games also look alright..Now when I watch my HD channels nothing really stands out like *WOW* look at that.. I say this also because about 2 years ago I got an off brand (I believe) HDTV from a local rent a center and I remember when I got that hooked up for the comcast HD I was very impressed with the quality of the picture on the tv, Fastforward to now with this sony that I have and Im disappointed... When I had the tv from RAC I remember looking at the tv and thinking it looks like Im actually there not so much with this one.... Sorry if I kind of rambled on but its sort of hard to explain but if anyone cares to look at the link above and tell me if the specs are good or not I would appreciate it... (also I might be returning it because Ive been having an issue with the sound lately but thats another topic) THANKS EVERYONE!!!!!!

01-17-2010, 10:12 AM
Not ALL channels are in HD and you need to find the HD channels. On my cable system the major networks in SD are on 4, 5, 7, 8, but the HD versions are on 284, 285, 287, 288. So you have to change the channel to the HD version of those channels. ;) Regardless, the BD movies are going to look better than the HD channels from cable or Sat service.

What type of HDTV did you rent before? Was it a plasma or an LCD?

01-17-2010, 10:33 AM
Thanks for the reply!!! I know about the channels that are sd and then the HD versions of them..I've been looking at HD versions...the old tv was an LCD and it's been so long that I can't remember the brand at all...but with that one I was amazed at the clearity of HD channels on it, this one not so much.. Also that's why I included the link to where it shows all it's specs that way someone that knowslre then I do can comment on if I'm suppose to have a great picture or just average (maybe I'm expecting to much?) thanks again

01-17-2010, 10:42 AM
We have seen those specs before and they are not relevant to what your problem is. It sounds like you need to get a calibration disc to adjust the display properly as the likely way to resolve the issue. You can buy a DVE or Avia disc at amazon.com and you can even do some rudimentary adjustments with any SD DVD that is a THX disc like Toy Story, etc that has a THX Optimizer in the special features section of the disc menu.

What is "missing" from the picture that you are looking for? Is it not bright enough? Not sharp enough?

01-17-2010, 10:52 AM
It's sort of hard to explain but I'll try.. I'm not getting that crystal clear wow it feels like I'm really there look I was expecting if that makes any sense

01-17-2010, 12:37 PM
I'm also have Comcast and I find a lot of there HD channels don't look all that great. Some look better then others. Also I find that some HD shows look really good then the next show on the same Chanel just loos ok.

01-17-2010, 11:52 PM
What I think youre talking about is the that real 3D like youre there feeling that you saw before. From what Ive gathered in all my times here on the forums and hours on a tv showroom floor is the the diffenrce between 60 hz, 120hz and 240hz tvs. This really boils down to personal preferance. Some folks have argued that the Sonys, despite their clear lifelike images, arent true to what the director wanted us to see. While a Pioneer or Panasonic plasmas picture is. I cant recall what its called, but it has something to do with the motion engine, or whatever its called, that Sony, and Samsung use. When I was shopping for a new display I posted a similar thread on this subject. Do a search for my name and you might find it. Trust me, I know what youre talking about. Even though certain displays show you a clear, brite and colorful image, it may not be a true representation of what youre really supposed to see. But as I said, its purely subjective and up to the individual and what they like.