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Sony KDF-E50A10 - HELP!

12-30-2005, 12:22 AM
I am a noob to HDTV, and just purchased a Sony 50" Grand Wega. I enjoy watching football in HD, and wanted the same experience at home.

However, every game I watch on ESPN HD, Fox HD, etc. has a very unclear picture. My broadcast is in 1080i. It seems that evertime the camera moves, the picture is blurry, and horizontal field lines do not project very smoothly. Is this normal? I have heard great things about this set from both users and consumer reports.

A friend of mine even remarked that my picture should be better than that (he is a bartender and is surrounded by large screen HD sets that do not have this problem). Is there anything I can do to fix this? Is my set bad?

12-30-2005, 12:43 AM
Check connections! I cannot tell you how many times I walked into a clients home with them lamenting their purchase to find s-video or composite feeding their new display. Gotta use (in this order.. component, or HDMI) or you will have a very blurry big screen.

Second, RTFM... :)! Read your owners manual as if your GPA was on the line! It has a wealth of data. Start with the Index. It will tell you more than the table of contents.

Third, give us as much data as possible. We can only help if you give us some useable information.

You have a good HD display. It will work well when set up properly

Happy new year!

Doug k

HD Bengals fan
12-30-2005, 07:28 AM
I bought the same set you have about a month ago and I love it. I get my HD channels through an OTA antenna and the picture is awesome. If I watch football on an SD channel, it is not great, but still decent. I had some issue with colors, etc. the first couple days but after you give the lamps some burn in time everything started clearing up. I would also recommend using component or HDMI, but I am not sure what you are using now. Final suggestion is to change the setting (wega gate) for video to "vivid" on HD broadcasts.

12-30-2005, 08:19 AM
Thank you for the responses. Here is my setup. I have my cable box hooked up to the set via HDMI cable. As far as I know, all my connections are tight. Actually, my DVD player is hooked up via component cables and that picture is crystal clear.

Regarding the manual, I have ready through it and altered the video settings, but nothing seems to help that much.

I've also noticed that when I hit the "freeze" button, the smaller picture (next to the frozen shot) is absolutely beautiful, and (according to my buddy), the way my HD picture should look in full view.

However, when I go back to full screen view, some aspects of the picture (players, moving objects, etc.) are blurry and distrorted. Is this just because of my big screen? I'm beginning to wonder if I should have upgrated to the SXRD model for higher resolution. I don't think it's my set, but it has been stressing me out quite a bit b/c of the large amount of money I've spent.

Bob Calkin
12-30-2005, 04:10 PM
The blur you are seeing is normal and part of the broadcast, not a problem with the display. When the camara moves to follow a play (long pass, kickoff,ect) it tends to stay focused on the ball. This will cause the rest of the picture to be blury. I own a 42A10 which is controlled by a Dish 942 DVR which also controls a 27" CRT in the bedroom. When I first saw the blur that you are referring to I thought it was LCD motion blur but I then went to the bedroom and watched the same play and it had the same blur on the CRT. Another way to tell if the problem is LCD motion blur is to freeze the DVR. Since LCD motion blur is caused by the pixels not changing state fast enough freezing the picture should allow them to catch up and the picture should come back into focus. When I try this watching football the image always stays blurry. I think this issue is more noticable on microdisplays because the image is so normally so sharp and clear.