Should I return my shiny new 46" 1080p Samsung LCD?
I have a real love-hate relationship with my new TV. Sometimes the image is stunning, sometimes it sucks. What's the problem? My cable signal? My cable box? My DVD player? Or the TV?
(Lots) more after the jump... [more inside]
posted by fearless_yakov
on Jan 5, 2007 -
Do so-called 'upconverting' DVD players upconvert 480p to 720/1080 over component cables? Is the difference between HDMI and component cables noticeable when watching standard DVDs on an HDTV? [more inside]
posted by drgonzo
on Jan 2, 2007 -
Are the display artifacts I'm seeing in our plasma screen due to the low broadcast resolution, or due the the tv itself? [more inside]
posted by everichon
on Dec 15, 2006 -
My friend flung a Wii remote into my new 40" LCD TV during a heated session of Wii Sports Bowling. No, really. [more inside]
posted by tumult
on Dec 14, 2006 -
Please, help me understand DVI, HDCP, etc., so that I can use my HDTV as a display for my MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by Embryo
on Dec 6, 2006 -
I have a Panasonic EDTV-ready plasma monitor, but don't want to pay a monthly fee for digital cable or a HD service. Can I do anything to improve the viewing quality of my Comcast basic cable SD TV signal, especially for those channels that are OTA HD? [more inside]
posted by mosk
on Nov 29, 2006 -
HDTVfilter: Have you had success with over the air signal boosters or amplified antennas? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms
on Nov 25, 2006 -
I currently have a standard definition TV, Time Warner Digital Cable, and a Series 2 Tivo. I'm considering the move to HDTV. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by medpt
on Nov 24, 2006 -
I need a lamp for my Toshiba 44NHM84 DLP. The repair place wants $471.01 for the lamp, this seems a tad high to me. I am, however, having a hard time finding a lamp from a non-Ebay source online. Where should I go for DLP lamp replacements?
posted by geoff.
on Nov 20, 2006 -
how to connect HDTV to notebook to display video streaming content from notebook? [more inside]
posted by dy
on Oct 26, 2006 -
Im looking to purchase a DLP or Rear Projection HDTV, which brand is the best?
posted by flipmiester99
on Oct 19, 2006 -
What is the best way to save my HD recordings from my DVR box so I can view it later on? [more inside]
posted by apple
on Oct 10, 2006 -
My Toshiba DLP (44NHM) that is a little over a year old turns itself off after about 5 seconds of being on. Turn it on, warms up everything looks fine it turns off after 5 seconds. Does the bulb need replacing? [more inside]
posted by geoff.
on Sep 29, 2006 -
How do I connect my VGA-only Thinkpad T60 to a French TV with HDMI and YPbPr inputs? [more inside]
posted by Nelson
on Sep 6, 2006 -
HDTV Filter: I just bought a new HD TV. It is an Emprex LCD TV HD-3201AE (http://www.emprex.com/02_products_02.php?id=130) The problem I am having is that no matter what DVD I play, the picture always has black bars on top and bottom. I can't get the picture to take up the full screen. I have tried dvd's with display ratios of 2.35:1, 1.85:1, 1.66:1, and 2.40:1. The resolution of the display is 1366x768. I suspect that that may be the culprit. I have tried all the output settings on the TV including 16x9, native, and full. Please help.
posted by Ezrie
on Sep 4, 2006 -
What is the Best Source for keeping up with the ratings on HDTVs. Any recommendations such as a magazine or website would be appreciated.
Like so many others, I are going to purchasing a HDTV this Xmas. If I am to shell out 2 to 3 thousand dollars, I am looking for the Best Value. Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1
on Aug 30, 2006 -
Given the wife's blessing to buy a big screen for our new home, I'm laden with the burden of selecting a TV that will meet our family's needs until we move again (unlikely). That said, what's a good future-proof 1080p TV, and where can I compare models for myself? [more inside]
posted by ringmaster
on Jul 24, 2006 -
I got a DVI -> HDMI connector to connect my computer (Gentoo, Xorg 7, Geforce 7600GS) to my HDTV (Philips 30" CRT). It'll only display in 720x480 with awful overscan... regardless of what's in my xorg.conf. Help!
posted by I EAT TAPAS
on Jun 3, 2006 -
The back of my DLP
HDTV, has a vent in the back for the light projector. Some light escapes out of this vent. A small bug got into the house recently and found the light from the vent. It then discovered an illumination jackpot inside the set. This resulted in a big bug inside the unit and projected onto the screen that I couldn't get out.
Does anyone have tips on keeping small insects out of a projection TV like a DLP without restricting the airflow to the lamp, potentially damaging the set?
posted by quixado
on May 21, 2006 -
So, I just hooked up my laserdisc player to the HDTV, and boy does it look bad. Looks like I'll need a scaler/upconverter, but they seem prohibitively expensive. Help! [more inside]
posted by eschatfische
on May 8, 2006 -
How can i use a PC LCD monitor as a TV, without using a PC? I found TV Tuners online, but they usually require a computer to be there.. I'm just thinking that, considering lcd tv prices, I might as well buy a bargain basement lcd monitor and hook it up to a tuner. and the cool thing is, the lcd monitor already has enough pixels to display HD!
posted by frenchbenj
on Mar 20, 2006 -
After moving apartments, my Sony CRT HDTV has some color distortion along the right side of the screen. I'm guessing the TV took a bad bump somewhere along the way. Anyone else have this problem and found a solution? [more inside]
posted by parttimesaint
on Mar 9, 2006 -
What is the purpose of releasing movies on high-definition dvds when they are too old to have been shot in HD?
posted by dino terror
on Feb 8, 2006 -
HDTV Antenna question: My folks are getting a new HDTV delivered in two weeks or so. Their local cable company doesn't offer all of the local networks in hi-def so my folks are thinking of getting an antenna in the attic to pull in the rest of the local hi-def signals. [more inside]
posted by gyc
on Dec 6, 2005 -
Is it worth buying xbox360 without having a HDTV?
posted by pwally
on Dec 4, 2005 -
I downloaded a video of a space shuttle launch
from the Internet Archive for classroom use. Because my bandwidth at university is massive I opted for the 400MB 'HDTV' file.
But – you guessed it – I can't get it to play. All I get is a green smear across the bottom of the WMP playback window. I've tried using QuickTime and the media player with the coffee bean logo in Mandriva (the name temporarily escapes me). I've googled like mad but I'm swamped with information.
My best guess is that I need a new codec of some sort but the only one I can find is 'Newtek HDTV' which is included in one of the (huge) codec packs that are available and I'd rather not clog up my system with codecs I'm never going to use.
Can MeFites point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by alby
on Nov 5, 2005 -
I'm finally going to get a new television! Looking for recommendations on a quality t.v. that will last me for a long while. [more inside]
posted by meta87
on Sep 23, 2005 -
Trying to buy a cheap, non-HD (single-disc, even) DVD player, and having trouble separating the facts from the hucksterism on the web. [more inside]
posted by umberto
on Sep 13, 2005 -
Audiofilter: What is the cheapest way to get pure digital sound from a computer 10~15 feet away from a surround sound system? [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus
on Aug 1, 2005 -
I am going to be editing HDTV footage on a PC. Assuming I can figure out how the 'ell to do this. [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass
on Aug 1, 2005 -
I'm running DVI out of my PC into HDMI on my HDTV, but I'm wondering how to playback DVD movies in 1080i... [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus
on Jun 27, 2005 -
So I saw an article in MAKE magazine about recording HDTV on your Mac with an "over the air" antenna....but I've never seen a detailed run through with Hardware and Software suggestions for a windows machine.....Where can I find out about this?
posted by stevyb
on May 26, 2005 -
I broke down and went HD, buying a Toshiba 44NHM84 (new DLP chip), a Samsung progressive-scan HD player, all the THX super-special Monster cables. In order to definitely not go outside this summer I'm also getting TimeWarner's HD box. What movies should I get to go with this awesome setup? My DVDs aren't HD oriented, what movies would look jaw-dropping in HD? Also, do I need to buy the Monster $200 surge protector that was aggressively pushed upon me? [more inside]
posted by geoff.
on Apr 24, 2005 -
I recently bought a Mac Mini for the living room. It's hooked up to my TV
through DVI, but every resolution is overscanned (at best the top toolbar and part of the dock are off-screen). Would the upcoming Tiger release
make any difference? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma
on Apr 7, 2005 -
Over the past several years, I have been burned by poor quality in home electronics from various manufacturers. I have purchased pieces by Sony (home stereo), Panasonic (theatre-in-a-box) and RCA (various pieces of junk), and all have given out in one way or another far too quickly for my liking. In a renewed attempt to build a proper home theatre system (DVD/CD, receiver, speakers, etc), and recognizing that I haven't the money for really high-end stuff but will avoid anything cheap, I seek outside opinions as to which manufacturers are making products that are of reasonable quality, and reasonably priced. Your experiences, please.
posted by danwalker
on Feb 4, 2005 -
I just purchased a Mitsubishi WD-52525 DLP HDTV and the manual suggest that some problems might occur if a surge protector and AC line conditioner are not used. Any recommendations on satisfactory surge protectors and line conditioners (something in the mid-price range)? Also, could someone explain how a line conditioner works and why it is necessary?
posted by sharksandwich
on Feb 1, 2005 -
HDTV filter: (Seems like I ask quite a few electronics questions...) We bought a new television about 3 months ago, direct from Samsung (refurbished), and it seems to work fine, with the exception of a waviness around stark vertical lines and text. For example, when the TiVo menu is up, I can see the text sort of fluxing a bit. It's not horrible, but I find it distracting.
I've been doing some reading about similar problems and have been told to try unplugging the cable, which I've done, to no avail. That solves nothing. I've also read about how it might be a problem with grounding, so I've opened the outlet and connected the green screw to the metal outlet box... also, no luck. [And yes, I shut of the power first.]
Any other ideas here? I'm getting this problem from all the inputs on the TV (including the DVD player) and can't figure out anything else to try, short of dragging this heavy thing across the room and plugging it in elsewhere to see if that helps. Any good advice from those in the know?
I also can't return the television-- it's too late.
posted by yellowcandy
on Dec 20, 2004 -
I would like to play PC games on my Panasonic PT-50LC13 HDTV
monitor. Since it has two RBG connections, I assume that's my best option. How important is the quality of the RGB cable and any recommendations on where I should buy it from?
posted by tuxster
on Nov 15, 2004 -
My wife and I are considering a new television, our first in more than a decade. I'm lost. There are so many acronyms that I'm beginning to drown in alphabet soup. What's the difference between HDTV and HDTV-ready?
Are they the same? Will DVDs look noticeably better on an HDTV set
(or HDTV-ready set)? All I really want is a smallish widescreen high-definition television under $600. Is this even possible? Can you recommend some good web sites to help my research and decision?
posted by jdroth
on Jul 27, 2004 -
This one has been bugging me for a while. Why can I spend around $300 and easily find LCD computer monitors
that can handle 1280x1024 resolution, but even if you spend thousands upon thousands on a LCD Television
, you can only get 1280x768 max resolution? The 768 vertical pixel limit seems to make 1080i HDTV impossible on these new TVs, only allowing 720 and 480. Why the discrepancy?
posted by mathowie
on Mar 29, 2004 -