I meant to say Component (ie 3 cables) instead of Composite.
I've got a Samsung BDP-3600 blu-ray player and a Vizio P50 HDM monitor. The Vizio is about 5 years old and only 1080i compatible w/ a physical maximum resolution of 1366 x 768.
I can set the BDP player to 1080i via it's menu, but the home menu still looks like crap w/ banding and blurs that looks like 480i to me. This doesn't seem to change with the settings or connection (HDMI or composite) to the Vizio. I can live w/ crappy looking menus, BUT I can't seem to tell any difference on a blu-ray movie image quality on the Samsung or playing the same non-blu-ray movie on my non-blu-ray Panasonic DVD player. What's up w/ that?
I called both mfrs to figure what's up. Samsung points the finger at Vizio saying that the player checks to see what maximum res can be displayed at start up and uses that. I'm using firmware V2.13_101204A_XAA.
Vizio says it's just a monitor and will play up to 1080i based on the signal it's given. When I plug a laptop set at 1366 x 768 into the RGB input, I get way better image gradients on the display. I've got a computer w/ a blu-ray player on the way, so I'll be able to see how that works in a week or so.
I trust Vizio more than Samsung based on the fact that the RGB image looks so much better than Samsung's theoretical 1080i menus. However, since it's 5 year old technology - there's no resolution controls on the monitor.
How can I see what's really going on? I'm frustrated that I bought the Samsung player to enjoy Blu-ray - but I see no improvement over a 4 year old Panasonic DMR ES25.