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Old 06-19-2006, 08:40 AM   #1  
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I just today installed my KDS-R50XBR1, upgrading from a 32" flat tube HD WEGA (the 2002 model). I don't have my digital cable yet, but I did immediately hook up my DVD player to try things out. However, I'm honestly a little disappointed as the DVD picture is surprisingly grainy and blocky in spots, sort of the effect you get from a moderately compressed .avi file. I'm assuming that the gear is fine and I haven't configured things correctly. I'm using:

- the KDS-R50XBR1.
- a Sony DVP-NC80V dvd player, with 'progressive mode' on.
- overpriced Monster component cables, going into video4 on the TV.
- a Star Wars prequel dvd (figuring it should have an artifact-free picture).

I've turned sharpness all the way down and set each of the advanced picture options to off, with the exception of the black enhancement which is at low. I've tried various combinations of settings, but they're all really underwhelming. Is there anything obvious I'm overlooking here? Things just seem to lack a natural crispness, and it feels like something is trying to overdo the sharpness such that things just have a slightly noisy/grainy feel. Thanks in advance to anyone who can give me some advice, and if there's any more information that can be helpful, please let me know.
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Old 06-19-2006, 09:57 AM   #2  
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some dvds just dont looks so good with this set. what i have found is ( at least for my set ) it took a little while for the picture to set in. after a couple months the picture looked alot better. here is a few tips.

the black enhancement just crushes the picture so you might want to turn it off. turning the adv. iris all the way up will give you better blacks. i have read setting your sharpness to between 25-30 for dvds is fine. mine is at 25. useing noise reduction might help. mine is set to low. bn smoother set to low. dte set to low.

there are basic 3 options to getting the most out of your picture.

1. sitting there for months playing with the setting. this will lead to alot of fights with the woman.

2. useing a calibrating dvd. dvds such as DVE or Avia are prefered but if you have a dvd that has the THX optimizer ( i would figure star wars would since its a lucus film.) this will give you good resluts for a cheap price.

3. having a tech come out and calibrate your tv. this is the most expensive but most effective option. usualy when a tech comes out they just dont adjust the settings you play with. they adjust inside the set and in other menus we dont see.
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:20 AM   #3  
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I just today installed my KDS-R50XBR1, upgrading from a 32" flat tube HD WEGA (the 2002 model). I don't have my digital cable yet, but I did immediately hook up my DVD player to try things out. However, I'm honestly a little disappointed as the DVD picture is surprisingly grainy and blocky in spots, sort of the effect you get from a moderately compressed .avi file. I'm assuming that the gear is fine and I haven't configured things correctly. I'm using:

- the KDS-R50XBR1.
- a Sony DVP-NC80V dvd player, with 'progressive mode' on.
- overpriced Monster component cables, going into video4 on the TV.
- a Star Wars prequel dvd (figuring it should have an artifact-free picture).

I've turned sharpness all the way down and set each of the advanced picture options to off, with the exception of the black enhancement which is at low. I've tried various combinations of settings, but they're all really underwhelming. Is there anything obvious I'm overlooking here? Things just seem to lack a natural crispness, and it feels like something is trying to overdo the sharpness such that things just have a slightly noisy/grainy feel. Thanks in advance to anyone who can give me some advice, and if there's any more information that can be helpful, please let me know.
Try the newer DVDs. They seem to look very close to HD on my NS75 sony player. Some older DVDs look so yucky on my 50 incher.
Try an HDMI connection too if youve got the cable. I have tried both component and HDMI but the latter seems to have a better pic. Good luck.
Also, try an OTA to test out your tv pic.

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Old 06-19-2006, 10:48 AM   #4  
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I just today installed my KDS-R50XBR1, upgrading from a 32" flat tube HD WEGA (the 2002 model). I don't have my digital cable yet, but I did immediately hook up my DVD player to try things out. However, I'm honestly a little disappointed as the DVD picture is surprisingly grainy and blocky in spots, sort of the effect you get from a moderately compressed .avi file. I'm assuming that the gear is fine and I haven't configured things correctly. I'm using:

- the KDS-R50XBR1.
- a Sony DVP-NC80V dvd player, with 'progressive mode' on.
- overpriced Monster component cables, going into video4 on the TV.
- a Star Wars prequel dvd (figuring it should have an artifact-free picture).

I've turned sharpness all the way down and set each of the advanced picture options to off, with the exception of the black enhancement which is at low. I've tried various combinations of settings, but they're all really underwhelming. Is there anything obvious I'm overlooking here? Things just seem to lack a natural crispness, and it feels like something is trying to overdo the sharpness such that things just have a slightly noisy/grainy feel. Thanks in advance to anyone who can give me some advice, and if there's any more information that can be helpful, please let me know.
Here's another thought. I can't tell how old that DVD player is from the specs, but if it's older than about 2 years, you MAY find that the cheapest DVD player you can find does a better job. These low-priced players use standard universal-chipsets that I've heard are very good even if super-cheap.

Anyway, it was just a thought - you might just pick one up and try it and see how it does.

Or it could be the DVD itself - try other DVDs and see how they look.
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Old 06-19-2006, 08:42 PM   #5  
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I just today installed my KDS-R50XBR1, upgrading from a 32" flat tube HD WEGA (the 2002 model). I don't have my digital cable yet, but I did immediately hook up my DVD player to try things out. However, I'm honestly a little disappointed as the DVD picture is surprisingly grainy and blocky in spots, sort of the effect you get from a moderately compressed .avi file. I'm assuming that the gear is fine and I haven't configured things correctly. I'm using:

- the KDS-R50XBR1.
- a Sony DVP-NC80V dvd player, with 'progressive mode' on.
- overpriced Monster component cables, going into video4 on the TV.
- a Star Wars prequel dvd (figuring it should have an artifact-free picture).

I've turned sharpness all the way down and set each of the advanced picture options to off, with the exception of the black enhancement which is at low. I've tried various combinations of settings, but they're all really underwhelming. Is there anything obvious I'm overlooking here? Things just seem to lack a natural crispness, and it feels like something is trying to overdo the sharpness such that things just have a slightly noisy/grainy feel. Thanks in advance to anyone who can give me some advice, and if there's any more information that can be helpful, please let me know.
I'm also having a bit of a grainy problem with mine..Same set!! It's not there all the time..but when it is there it's across all in puts..All channels, and, DVD component.. HD component and HDMI..I've had mine for about 4 months now and it's happening more often..I'm wondering if it has something to do with the warmer weather and a signal to noise thing..I've just ordered a PureAV home theater power conditioner PF30 to see if that helps..I figure it can't hurt..It's got to be better than just a 20 year old surge protecter..I'll let you know the results when it comes in..
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Old 06-20-2006, 12:46 AM   #6  
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the sxrd is supposed to work better in warmer weather. in fact the manual says something about it.
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