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Am I setting my system up wrong?

by Krej / September 14, 2013 2:16 PM PDT

Hey all,

I have a 3 year old 50" Vizio HDTV, a PS3 and a 2 year old Yamaha receiver connected up via HDMI. The picture and audio are quite good, no real complaints. I do not have cable as I rarely watch TV but I do like Blu-Ray's.

The problem is this: last month, for vacation, I rented a house in San Antonio and the guy had a smaller HDTV (Samsung, I think) and DVD player and cable. I was absolutely stunned by the picture, it was truly unlike anything I had seen before--so clear and...almost 3D (though he said it was not a 3D TV!). The people stood out and the clarity was unbelievable. I asked him what kind of special equipment he had to get such a picture and he said it was just the TV and cable,, though the cable delivered HD signal.

So it had made me think that perhaps I have something not set up correctly or some setting(s) needs to be adjusted. Any suggestions? If I need to provide further information, please let me know. The thing is that right now, I jsut don't know where to start.

Thanks in advance for any aid.

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One last thing...
by Krej / September 14, 2013 2:24 PM PDT

One additional point that I forgot to mention: when I moved from DVD to Blu-Ray, I noticed little change. Everyone was clamoring about how much sharper Blu-Ray was and I just didn't see it. Not sure it that helps, but I wanted to throw it out there. Perhaps the reason I didn't see anything was because somehow I have things set up incorrectly.

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Few questions;
by Oldartq / September 15, 2013 3:04 AM PDT
In reply to: One last thing...

What size and model does he have? What model is your tv and what blu-ray movie did you watch? Actually I hear OTA tv broadcasting in hi-def are very very good 9better than cable). On blu-ray, some remake are not much better than dvd.

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by mjd420nova / September 15, 2013 12:03 PM PDT

Many times the set isn't able to make the resolution adjustments to display the HD content. Just a switch from an analog set to an HD set (still fed with composite/analog inputs) will yield good results but should be as you say "almost 3D". If the content is not HD, it will be nice but not as nice as some good HD cable programming. BlueRay should be super, if not, the set isn't detecting the content properly.

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