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Sony Kdf-42a10 help

dtigerman23
04-18-2006, 12:54 PM
Hello to all. I just purchased my first HD set over the weekend. After reading this forum for nearly 3 hours on advice on purchasing an HD set, I chose to go with the Sony Kdf-42a10. All I can say is WOW! I am still in the process of tweaking things and I appreciate all the posts referencing theDirtMerchant's settings on how to get the images to really come out. I am using an OTA antenna to receive my locals. I have a standard definition Directv satellite receiver with plans to upgrade to an HD DVR soon. My question is this. I read somewhere that someone had advised others to make sure all settings were changed from 4:3 Standard to 16:9 widescreen on both your DVD player and satellite receiver so that most shows would appear normal and not stretched on the screen. I changed my DVD player setting and that worked great. However, when I changed my setting over to 16:9 display setting on my directv receiver, I lose the bottom bar on ESPN, CNN, etc. The images onscreen appear stretched. I have tried changing the screen mode to accomodate this, but nothing seems to work. What am I forgetting to do here? Or is it just the fact that I need to upgrade to an HD receiver/DVR? Thanks in advance for any advice.

dogdoctor
04-18-2006, 08:52 PM
My question is this. I read somewhere that someone had advised others to make sure all settings were changed from 4:3 Standard to 16:9 widescreen on both your DVD player and satellite receiver so that most shows would appear normal and not stretched on the screen. I changed my DVD player setting and that worked great. However, when I changed my setting over to 16:9 display setting on my directv receiver, I lose the bottom bar on ESPN, CNN, etc. The images onscreen appear stretched. I have tried changing the screen mode to accomodate this, but nothing seems to work.

what mode (screen) do you have the tv in now? And cycling the screen modes doesn't help? I have found that when in the zoom modes that your symptoms often occurred when watching SD material. Come to think of it , your best bet might be that since you are not receiving HD signals that you should just leave it in 4:3 mode and use the TV's screen modes to accomodate. Once you go to HD - then set it for 16:9. Hurry up and go HD to fully enjoy your TV.

ps...can you post a link to the DirtMerchant settings. I would be intrigued to read those.

dtigerman23
04-19-2006, 03:12 PM
I'll find that information for you when I get home this evening. Last night, I unplugged my rca cables from both the satellite receiver and the tv receiver and replaced them with gold plated rca cables to see if that helped. It did. I'm not sure whether I didn't have something plugged in all the way, or what not. But, now, when I view things such as ESPN, I do have the bar. This is in the 4:3 mode on the satellite set up. I have yet to go back and try the widescreen mode there. The picture is a little better, but maybe watching the amount of HD that I have so far has spoiled me and has me wanting that picture quality for all. I will upgrade to the HD DVR/receiver soon. By the way, you may be able to answer this question for me here...if not, I'll post in the correct forum. Currently, I am using an OTA antenna as my local channels are not available in HD on satellite that I am aware of and I do not see them on the schedule yet. Will Directv DVR or Tivo allow me to record my OTA local stations on to the DVR? Or, will I be limited to recording only what programming is offered through the directv package? THANKS!

dtigerman23
04-19-2006, 08:44 PM
here's the link I promised you on those settings. I believe these are for an XBR model, but it's a starting point. I think they worked pretty good for me.

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/idealbb/view.asp?topicID=47722


Also, I've switched back to just watching the satellite feed on the 4:3 normal mode which puts the black bars on the sides. I wish I could fill the whole screen out without losing the picture quality, but for now, I will sacrifice. It won't be too long and everything will be HD. So, I can just consider myself a little ahead of the game.

Later