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Improving SD PQ from DISH

TMMerlin
02-21-2005, 08:57 AM
I am still fiddling with trying to get the most out of my new LCD HDTV and have not really made to much progress other than some custom settings when watching an SD program off of DISH and my 501 DVR.

The current connection is S/video to HDTV

I have looked into "after the receiver connection" options and can find nothing (including scalers) that convince me to lay out bucks to improve the signal quality (SD artifacts etc).

Questions:

- Has anyone ever tried or heard of putting an in-line signal amplifier between the Sat dish and the Sat receiver "input" to improve the signal quality to the receiver and thus improve the overall SD PQ and reduce the inherent SD artifacts ? My current cable run length is about 30 feet from the LNB to the receiver.

- Am I correct to assume the "RF out" from the Sat receiver to the "RF in" on the HDTV is a waste of time as S/video is the better picture ?

Thanks in advance .. ;)

RonInBigEasy
02-21-2005, 10:34 AM
I am still fiddling with trying to get the most out of my new LCD HDTV and have not really made to much progress other than some custom settings when watching an SD program off of DISH and my 501 DVR.

The current connection is S/video to HDTV

I have looked into "after the receiver connection" options and can find nothing (including scalers) that convince me to lay out bucks to improve the signal quality (SD artifacts etc).

Questions:

- Has anyone ever tried or heard of putting an in-line signal amplifier between the Sat dish and the Sat receiver "input" to improve the signal quality to the receiver and thus improve the overall SD PQ and reduce the inherent SD artifacts ? My current cable run length is about 30 feet from the LNB to the receiver.

- Am I correct to assume the "RF out" from the Sat receiver to the "RF in" on the HDTV is a waste of time as S/video is the better picture ?

Thanks in advance .. ;)

Why are you using S/Video instead of compount or the HVI connections? Both will give you a lot better response then the S/video connection.

TMMerlin
02-21-2005, 10:58 AM
Why are you using S/Video instead of compount or the HVI connections? Both will give you a lot better response then the S/video connection.

DVR501 from DISH doesn't have those. S/video is the best provided.
Regards ..

elicross
02-21-2005, 12:27 PM
I am still fiddling with trying to get the most out of my new LCD HDTV and have not really made to much progress other than some custom settings when watching an SD program off of DISH and my 501 DVR.

The current connection is S/video to HDTV

I have looked into "after the receiver connection" options and can find nothing (including scalers) that convince me to lay out bucks to improve the signal quality (SD artifacts etc).

Questions:

- Has anyone ever tried or heard of putting an in-line signal amplifier between the Sat dish and the Sat receiver "input" to improve the signal quality to the receiver and thus improve the overall SD PQ and reduce the inherent SD artifacts ? My current cable run length is about 30 feet from the LNB to the receiver.

- Am I correct to assume the "RF out" from the Sat receiver to the "RF in" on the HDTV is a waste of time as S/video is the better picture ?

First, you would get your best improvement by investing in a receiver/DVR that can handle HD broadcast (whether you want HD or not). The receivers meant for HD usually have the higher-quality equipment that will improve your signals. They will also come with better output connections such as component and DVI.

Second, I wouldn't assume that coax cable would be a waste of time over S/video. Although I have cable (not Sat), my HDTV upscales coax better than it upscales S-video. Coax cable is cheap, so give it a try.

Third, some scalers are well worth the money. I picked up a DVDO Iscan HD, and am constantly glad that I did since it is not only a first-class scaler but also an excellent video hub. (I will admit that the $1000 price is pretty hefty, though...)