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Stuck in 480p

smwatson
12-24-2006, 06:04 AM
I just bought a Symphonic 32" LCD and a Philips HTS3440 Surround Sound system. I bought component video and stereo audio cables and i cant seem to get my TV to run anything higher than 480p. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

borromini
12-24-2006, 09:07 AM
What kind of HD signal are you feeding the TV?

smwatson
12-24-2006, 12:30 PM
from my dvd player through composite cables

borromini
12-24-2006, 02:15 PM
Since it's not a high def DVD player...the issue is quality of input signal. Composite video and s-video cables provide a lesser quality signal. You should be using component video. The LCD will do a better job of scaling up to it's native resolution via component but it still won't be HD. The TV will likely keep displaying that it's receiving a 480 signal. What's the native resolution of your screen?

kegobeer
12-24-2006, 02:28 PM
Unless you have an HD-DVD/Blu-Ray player, or a 720p/1080i upconvert DVD player connected via HDMI, you won't get anything higher than 480p. Remember that upconvert DVD players don't really produce an HD signal.

pappylap
12-24-2006, 04:29 PM
are you on Satellite, cable or OTA and if none of the above why shell out for an HD Display???

smwatson
12-24-2006, 04:39 PM
I meant to say component cables, sorry. And as of yet i dont have it hooked up to my Cable yet. I always thought any DVD player could output 720p/1080i to a HDTV, thats why i bought it.

kegobeer
12-24-2006, 05:53 PM
I meant to say component cables, sorry. And as of yet i dont have it hooked up to my Cable yet. I always thought any DVD player could output 720p/1080i to a HDTV, thats why i bought it.

Check your manual. I expect you'll need to use an HDMI cable if your DVD player can upconvert to 720p/1080i.

borromini
12-24-2006, 06:53 PM
It's a Philips HTIB system so I doubt it's an upconverting player.

smwatson
12-25-2006, 12:58 AM
My manual doesnt say anything about upconverting video. So does this mean im going to have to buy yet another DVD player?

Bigloww
12-25-2006, 01:09 AM
Your DVD player is most likely progressive scan. I assume that since you are showing 480p vs 480i. Your TV will do as good a job upscaling to it's native res (720p) as most upconverting DVD players on the market. So it will do. If you truely want to step up to HD quality with DVD's, you need to get a HD DVD player or BD. And make sure to get the HD package with your cable upgrade as well or it will only be SD.

smwatson
12-25-2006, 01:55 AM
So how were people able to get their HDTVs to run at 1080i before the HD DVD player was released? Because my tv on the shelf where i bought it looked 10 times better than it does here.

kegobeer
12-25-2006, 06:12 AM
So how were people able to get their HDTVs to run at 1080i before the HD DVD player was released? Because my tv on the shelf where i bought it looked 10 times better than it does here.

People watched 1080i broadcasts, like DiscoveryHD. Prior to high definition DVDs, that was the only option.

Your TV looked better in the showroom because it was optimized for the best picture in that environment. TVs right out of the box need to be optimized; default values are terrible. Get yourself a copy of DVE (Digital Video Essentials - you can find it on eBay for around $13) and set up your TV.

borromini
12-25-2006, 09:03 AM
...my tv on the shelf where i bought it looked 10 times better than it does here. That's cause the store was likely feeding it an HD signal...something you haven't done yet. :)

I'm not familiar with Symphonic as a TV brand, but I'm going to guess their a value brand with limited capabilities compared to the major brands. As such, it probably doesn't have very good scaling capabilities based on your dissatisfaction with the PQ. You either buy an upconverting DVD player or HD-DVD player using HDMI connection or you upgrade the TV.

smwatson
12-25-2006, 05:42 PM
Ok now what if i connect my TV to my computer using the s-video->component adapter that came with my video card? Would it run at higher than 800x600?

pappylap
12-25-2006, 09:58 PM
I just bought a Symphonic 32" LCD and a Philips HTS3440 Surround Sound system. I bought component video and stereo audio cables and i cant seem to get my TV to run anything higher than 480p. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

32-inch LCD HDTV with stylish gray cabinet; measures 32.1 by 25.5 by 10.9 inches (WxHxD) with stand
Integrated ATSC tuner for over-air HD broadcasts
1366 x 768-pixel resolution, 550 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 8 ms response time
Inputs: 1 composite, 1 S-Video, 1 component, 1 HDMI, 1 RF
Two bottom-mounted stereo speakers, 5 watts apiece (10 watts total)
Technical Details


Screen size: 32 inches
TV type: LCD
HDTV capable: Built-in
NTSC tuner: Yes
ATSC tuner: Yes (for over-air HDTV reception)
QAM tuner: No
CableCARD compatible: No
Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Speaker wattage per channel: 5 watts
Number of speakers: 2
Response time: 8 ms
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Contrast ratio: 1200:1

IS THIS YOUR TV?????:rolleyes:

borromini
12-25-2006, 11:10 PM
Ok now what if i connect my TV to my computer using the s-video->component adapter that came with my video card? Would it run at higher than 800x600? S-video doesn't support HD resolutions regardless of whether you're using a component video adapter cable.

smwatson
12-26-2006, 01:56 AM
32-inch LCD HDTV with stylish gray cabinet; measures 32.1 by 25.5 by 10.9 inches (WxHxD) with stand
Integrated ATSC tuner for over-air HD broadcasts
1366 x 768-pixel resolution, 550 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 8 ms response time
Inputs: 1 composite, 1 S-Video, 1 component, 1 HDMI, 1 RF
Two bottom-mounted stereo speakers, 5 watts apiece (10 watts total)
Technical Details


Screen size: 32 inches
TV type: LCD
HDTV capable: Built-in
NTSC tuner: Yes
ATSC tuner: Yes (for over-air HDTV reception)
QAM tuner: No
CableCARD compatible: No
Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Speaker wattage per channel: 5 watts
Number of speakers: 2
Response time: 8 ms
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Contrast ratio: 1200:1

IS THIS YOUR TV?????:rolleyes:
that looks close to my TV but mine is black. =)