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zman99
12-09-2005, 02:54 PM
just got a sony kdf 50a 10.. cable co in today to hook up the hd cable box... well, the pq is not great either in sd or hd??

Cable guy seemed quick to leave... he used componet cables saying they were as good as monster hdmi.. only 1 hd station looked very good, others not so good, and the sd stations not good at all..
where do I start?
have not done anything to the std tv set up.

HD Bengals fan
12-09-2005, 03:16 PM
I bought the same TV a few weeks ago. PQ in SD will get better, allow a few days for "burn in" time. You can also try playing with the options in the Wega Gate. Make sure you watch SD on the "Standard" video option and HD in the "vivid" video option.

Components will get you an HD signal, but HDMI is the better connection. You wil most likely see a slightly better picture with HDMI. I get my SD channels thru Dish Network and my HD through an OTA indoor antenna. I can pickup all locals in HD via the antenna and the PQ is AMAZING!!! I felt like I was at the Steelers-Bengals game last week.

I have heard that the OTA antenna's get better PQ than HD thru cable or satellite. If you live near a major city, it might be worth a try. Antenna is about $50 and channels are free.

Other than that, give it some time and play with a few of the options. If you have a movie with THX, you can use that to adjust some of the settings. It will walk you through it, but you should wait for a few days before adjusting too much.

zman99
12-09-2005, 03:21 PM
thanks, I'll wait a few days... the set up is not the best...
have a sony prog scan dvd/ vcr connected and a older home theatre..the cable guy hooked it all up..
what is otv antenna?

HD Bengals fan
12-09-2005, 03:26 PM
OTA stands for "over the air". If you live near a major city, you can buy a small OTA antenna that should pick up all your local broadcasts. I get ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS, PBS, WB all in high definition for free!!! Antenna was about $50. I have a Terk Amplified indoor high definition antenna. Its a little bit of an eye sore if you dont have anywhere to "hide" it, but the PQ is great. Even the shows that are not in HD on the locals have much better PQ than if I watch them thru my Dish.

I am not sure how HD works with your cable company, but i have to tune to odd channel numbers for HD broadcasts, for example channel 5.1 is NBC HD, 12.1 is CBS HD, etc.

zman99
12-09-2005, 03:54 PM
all my hd channels are on stations like 1821,1822 etc time warner cable... I'll try the antenna..

HD Bengals fan
12-09-2005, 04:00 PM
you will need to make sure you can get a good signal with your antenna. it may make a difference which direction you point it. If it doesnt work you can always return it, so its worth a try. It plugs into the Antenna coax connection on the back of the TV. Once you have it hooked up, pres the "ANT" button on your remote (it should say "antenna" on the menu bar on the TV display", then run the channel search program and it will find any channels (SD or HD) that you are getting a signal. try www.titantv.com for local listings of shows that are being broadcast in HD.