I had a friend come over who just bought a new hi-def t.v. and was shocked when he saw the stunning picture my t.v. had And he just bought a new Sony l.c.d. t,v, He had no clue. I spent time with him so he got the dish hi-def system and thry up an outside antenna now he is so happy he is goiong to take the plunge and buy a new 5.1. system and Denon 2910/955 d,v,d, player. The problem is there is no information out there to explain the facts about hi-def I have seen folks buy a nice hi-def set and hook it up to there s.d. cable box and got mad and took the set back. When you buy a hi-def its like here it is now you go figue it out have a nice rainey day stewart
A lot of discussion here about why should someone buy a new HDTV set, whats available to watch and the fact that most new sets look crappy with regular analoge signals.
One point that is missing in all of these threads.
A properly calibrated display will look good with regular cable signals, and stunning with HDTV content.
If your new TV looks awful with regular channels, that means to me that they looked bad before you bought your set. You may not have noticed it before, if you were watching a smaller screen, but now you have enlarged the picture and you will certainly see all the imperfections.
You are allowed to call the cable company and complain, there may be a couple of channels that are not good, but most of them should look fine.
Would you pay your phone bill if every time you made a call the line was noisey? Why are you paying for a bad signal?
I have installed many, many plasma and other new technology TV's with Cable or satellite connections all with good results after everything was set up correctly.
As I am not really a big fan of LCD TV's I can only comment on the couple I recently installed in a Exercise room at a condo. We used the Samsung 32" LCD TV's, Cable was fed from a splitter in a mechanical room about 75ft away and we were feeding 3 sets plus 2 plasma's in other model suites. Right out of the box the picture was acceptable, and would have been concidered very good by any average veiwer.
I think one of the issues I see here in the posts about this, some people are buying (or being sold) the cheapest sets, and expecting the best results. Not everyone needs the Ferrari or can afford it, but we all know if you bought the Hugo or Pinto you were going to be dissapointed.
The simple rule to think about, if you set things up right, and your DVD player looks good, then there is no reason why cable or satellite can't look good too.