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Grainy Picture

by SAW920 / August 8, 2008 11:57 AM PDT

We recently upgraded from an old, old, old Samsung to a new 46" LCD A550 model. We set it up last night, but our picture is worse than our old tube television. We tried viewing a DVD and that picture wasn't impressive either.

On Tuesday, our local cable company will be coming out to install an HD box with HDMI cables. We know this will make a difference for HD channels, but what about all others?

Do old cables and an old box make the picture what it is right now? We have read nothing but amazing things about the picture on this tv, so we have high hopes! Give me some peace of mind and explain this to us! We know nothing!

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grainy picture
by jj1862 / August 12, 2008 3:50 AM PDT
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unfortunatly the standered picture from a regular cable box will be dissappointing once you go HD you will be amazed. Buy a cheap pair of rabbit ears and try to get a over the air hd signal for some local channels the picture is even better than through your hd box. I think the ota signal is a true 1080P signal if your tv supports that.

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Grainy picture - update after new box is installed
by SAW920 / August 12, 2008 5:02 AM PDT
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Our HD DVR box was installed today, and while the picture on the HD channels is really great, others are still not as good as we had hoped. We were told that since we live in an older condo building (early 70s construction), the cable will not be a powerful as that of new construction. One more reason for us newlyweds to get into a house sooner than later! Optimal television viewing!

Do we need to know anything special about hooking up a DVD player? Do we need to purchase special cables for that as well?

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Transition time...
by Mr__S / August 17, 2008 3:24 PM PDT

Saw -

I understand how you feel. It's hard to watch the standard stations when you have beautiful HD signals on other channels. Unfortunately, we are in a time of transition. Soon all channels will be in HD and older content will be upconverted to the best possible signal (even if it's not HD). However, we have to live with this situation right now until the transition is complete. The good news is that more and more HD content is becoming available every few months and most of the major channels are available in HD. I hardly watch any other stations than HD stations at this point for the reason you mentioned.

Regarding DVDs, you will probably find that the DVD picture is decent but closer to the standard stations than the HD stations - right? You can buy a DVD HD Upconverter which takes your DVDs and processes them to look much better on your HD. Those are pretty cheap right now. However, you may want to consider a Blu-Ray player too because they can both upconvert DVDS as well as play the new Blu-ray Disc format.

Have you tried hooking up the DVD yet?

Talk soon,

Mr. Samsung

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