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Improving a Sky signal/picture??

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by mrapbp, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. mrapbp

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    I became the proud owner of a lovely bouncing baby 50" Sharp plasma on the weekend!! (Thank you Messia!!) and was wondering if you guys could help me with a question.

    The picure from my DVD using component is fantastic but sky is a bit dodgy at times.

    What I was wondering is if it is possible to improve the signal or make the picture better in any way?

    Thanks!
     
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    I didn't realise Sharp made any plasmas :confused: I thought they concentrated on lcds :(
     
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    If you have a VGA input try a JS RGB to VGA converter. Quality on Sky + for me is near DVD on Sky+ movies.
     
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    OK I will have a look at that. Any idea where I can get such a thing?
     
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    Thanks for that!!

    Anyone else have a view on this?

    PS - link doesnt work!?
     
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    £120 :eek: :eek: :eek:

    Does anyone else have any experience of these. Seems like a lot of money to spend on the off chance it might help!!

    Stephen Wilde - not that I'm saying you dont know what your talking about of course!! ;)
     
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    They did until 12 months ago. Or to be precise they rebadged Pioneer models and sold them under the Sharp moniker. You are absolutely correct though in that NOW they concentrate on LCD only.
     
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    It gives me good results. Can't guarantee anything with other user's equipment. An honest answer to the original question!
    Cost is small in relation to cost of screen. Some cables cost more!
     
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    www.js-technology.com

    Keep an eye on the classifieds as they turn up from time to time - you could even post a "wanted to buy" request...

    The converter may not specifically improve the picture, but may allow you to use a better way of connecting - this better connection may in turn give better results than your current sky connection and get the best RGB signal from sky to the plasma...

    By the way £120 + a VGA cable!!..hence maybe try and get one on loan or try to see a demo if you are unsure...

    P.S. Search the forum on "js tech" or "RGB2VGA" as there is loads of info on this...

    Cheers

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    Note that Sky+ broadcasts are variable in quality. Whatever you do some programmes will be poor. If you get good quality on some broadcasts then that may be as good as you can expect. Use the movie channels as a benchmark and see how good you consider them to be before making a decision.
    Remember not to sit too close to any 50" screen. If you go close many CRT and rear pro screens also look very ropey.
     
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    I currently only have regular sky. Is it worth upgrading to sky + i.e. does this give a better signal/picture quality?
     
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    I think the problem is that a digital display will show up anomalies and inadequacies in digital signals far more than analogue CRT sets. As has been said above, what is the picture like on the W/S Movie premier channels during prime time. If that is good then the poor channels are simply due to low bit rate transmissions, which of course there is nthing you can do no matter how much money you throw at the problem.

    I bought a 27" LCD for the bedroom earlier this week and the picture on both terrestrial and RF Sky (piped from downstairs) is pretty damn good on the old CRT set but on the LCD it was appalling. Needless to say the set went back. I don't believe Sky+ will give any improvement worth talking of. Are you using an RGB SCART (and have the plasma set to RGB input on that socket)?
     

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