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New DTV customer, HD not that HD?

mole644
09-26-2007, 12:06 PM
Anyone who has DTV notice that the HD channels arent that great looking? Just got DTV Saturday and so far, I'm not impressed with the HD picture. Its not very bright so to speak and i get "ghosting" at times, mainly when the screen is darker. Not ghosting exactly, but I dont know what else to call it. For instance, I was watching World Trade Center on ShowtimeHD, when they were trapped in the rubble. The scene was quite dark and I could barely make out what was going on because the picture seemed to have a lot of interefernce. Again, not sure how to describe it. The cable companies HD was better than this, I heard it was supposed to be the other way around. Anyone have any ideas? I know the new DTV box uses HDMI instead of the standard cables the cable company had, but HDMI is SUPPOSED to be better so I dont know why that would be a problem. The resolution set to native and have it set saying my tv accepts 480i and 1080.

lost
09-26-2007, 12:08 PM
Sounds like your TV

mcbeevee
09-26-2007, 12:18 PM
The WTC movie is really dark...not a good measure for HD. Also, not sure if Sho-HD is mpeg2 or mpeg4. What does Smithsonian HD (267) look like? If it does not look ok, sounds like a TV problem.

mole644
09-26-2007, 12:19 PM
TV was more than fine with cable, what would change? The tv is only a year old and not like its crap. 50" Samsung, DLP

mcbeevee
09-26-2007, 12:56 PM
There have been some issues with Samsung and HDMI cables...could try component cables. Also, should uncheck 480i on the HD receiver resolutions/display setup screen, since Samsung has issues with this (just have 480p/720p/1080i checked).
:)

Bango
09-26-2007, 01:02 PM
I had a 46" Samsung DLP that had the EXACT same issue, I had an expensive $150 (which was a mistake) "godly" Monster HDMI cable, and the picture looked like crap, I switched to $10 component cable and it looked amazing, so I can confirm that Samsung has some issues with HDMI. got rid of the DLP eventually and now love my current set...:)

mole644
09-26-2007, 01:14 PM
So any HD component cables will work, or are there cartain DTV ones I need?

embrik
09-26-2007, 01:53 PM
As long as they're Component (RG&B) and not Composite, any set will do.

mole644
09-26-2007, 03:21 PM
As long as they're Component (RG&B) and not Composite, any set will do.
I guess I'll need audio cables too. Any recommendations on a brand or certain cable? I dont wanna spend a ton since I don't yet know for sure if this will help my problem.

rickybennett
09-26-2007, 03:28 PM
As long as they're Component (RG&B) and not Composite, any set will do.

ok whats the differences?? inless that is the red yellow and white AV cables

and all of the hd station look beautifully on my hd tv

hitdog042
09-26-2007, 03:41 PM
ok whats the differences?? inless that is the red yellow and white AV cables

and all of the hd station look beautifully on my hd tv

composite (red white yellow) are not HD. You need the components. Any brand is fine.

Spending money on short range cables is a joke (just ask the guy who spent 150 on an HDMI cable).

TomLewandowski
09-26-2007, 04:10 PM
The color of the cables is irrelevant. Any three RCA cables will do for component video transmission. Just make sure you connect the cables properly.

Cables are one of the biggest ripoff items around today. Money usually has little to do with quality. "Monster" is one of the leaders in ripoff cable production; I'd steer clear of them unless you find someone giving them away at comparable prices to 'store brands', or you like to spend money needlessly.

For long cable runs (15' or longer), the quality of the cable WILL make a difference. For up to 15', you'd be hard pressed to find a cable that didn't work well. (Heavier gages for longer runs, just like speaker wire.)

Blackz06
09-26-2007, 07:27 PM
As long as they're Component (RG&B) and not Composite, any set will do.

Exactly, make sure that they are not Y-Pb-Pr component cables, as those will not work.

mole644
09-26-2007, 07:36 PM
What about these?

mole644
09-26-2007, 07:37 PM
What about these?

oops, these http://cgi.ebay.com/6-FT-Video-Audio-Component-5-RCA-AV-Gold-Plated-Cable_W0QQitemZ130155932215QQihZ003QQcategoryZ6463 1QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

purplehaze
09-26-2007, 10:30 PM
oops, these http://cgi.ebay.com/6-FT-Video-Audio-Component-5-RCA-AV-Gold-Plated-Cable_W0QQitemZ130155932215QQihZ003QQcategoryZ6463 1QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Those are fine.

mole644
10-03-2007, 07:50 PM
the cable worked wonders, picture is much improved, thanks everyone.

TomLewandowski
10-03-2007, 07:54 PM
Wow...great news! Glad to hear you've now got good PQ from D*! :banana: