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Tech Question: HDTV Ready TV

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by tallwarrior, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. tallwarrior

    tallwarrior Earned, not Given

    I bought the Sony XBR 910 last year and it was not a standard HD tv, it was HD ready. I heard that you can get a tuner to upconvert everything to HD. Does anyone know if that is true? I have HD cable, the HD box from Time Warner but only a handful of channels are in HD. Also, I do have the Samsung HD DVD player so I don't need upconversion there? Any help would be appreciated.
  2. LloydSev

    LloydSev DreamWeaver

    The HD Box from Time Warner should be all you need to see HD programming, since the TV is only HD Ready. The reason only a "handful" of channels are in HD is generally because those programs or stations do not support HD.
  3. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    I'm not a guru on this so somebody else please jump in - but there are two issues here I believe. First is that only a few channels are true HD signals. However, SD (standard) signlas can look pretty bad on most large screen tvs (having to do with the way the picture is built in two passes of alternating lines). There is such a thing as an 'upconverter' that puts the signal together and improves the SD picture. However, it still wont give you anything like true HD and will be obsolete once everything is HD.

    All that said - I am near pulling the trigger on an HD myself. Anybody have a set they are particualry happy/unhappy with? I am looking at the Samsung DLP or the Hitachi LCD.
  4. LloydSev

    LloydSev DreamWeaver

    My brother has a nice 62" Sony HD TV set... real nice.
  5. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    I've got a 30" Samsung which I am happy with. I'd have liked to have gotten a much bigger TV, but it would dwarf my living room... that's not a problem for me, really, but the wife thought, in this case, bigger wasn't better.

    I don't know what an HD DVD is, but I do know if your DVD player is "progressive scan" they look friggin great.

    I have not subscribed to HD cable yet, as I think the cost is to high for the limited number of channels right now. I've noticed the digital channels, 100 and up on warner, are in very good shape. The standard channels are good, but not great. Sometimes I get a couple of parallel lines which I think are interferance related. They never appear on DVD but do appear on standard TV. Any ideas?
  6. ekeen

    ekeen Banned

    HD rocks, get it.
  7. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    I don't know, 6 channels for 6 bucks a month? I think I'll wait till I get more bang for my buck. (It's more than 6 channels, I know)
  8. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    BKB, If you already have digital cable it shouldn't cost you any more $ per month to get a HD box from time warner (maybe if you require more than one box) I have HD on my 57'' sony vega wide screen and it costs the same as regular digital cable. You should look into that.

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