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Samsung LE26R41DB a bit grainy

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Lord Midas, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. Lord Midas

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    When watching DVDs over regular scart the picture is still slightly grainy.

    Is there any specific settings I can use to get a "stunning" image?

    Or is it due to the fact that Scart is a bit old hat and there's nothing to be done except upgrade my DVD player to a HD upscaling DVD player?

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    Check which scart socket you are plugged into on the samsung as only one is RGB, this is the one you want. Also make sure the dvd player is set to RGB and you are using a fully wired scart cable, may be worth using a brand like THOR.

    This will give you the best chance of a decent picture via scart, not sure if the samsung shows you if it is picking up an RGB signal of that scart socket, just check manual and cant see anything. But perhaps someone else knows how to check this.

    Scart 1, or EXT 1 as it shown in the manual is the one that is RGB.
     
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    Aye, I currently am connect via Scart 1 on the video and Scart 1 on the TV. Not sure of the quality of the Scart cable though. Didn't think of that.

    I'll have a browse and see how much these Thor cables are.
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    And whats the best online store to buy cables, etc?
     
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    First of all, what do you mean by grainy? A lot of people use this as a standard way of saying 'bad'. Does what you're seeing affect all of the picture coming out of the DVD player - for example even when you aren't playing a film, are the on-screen menus not looking quite as solid as they should?

    It sounds like you might be using a Composite video signal and the grainyness you're describing is dot crawl. As has been said, a SCART cable wired for RGB video AND audio (it doesnt' sound like you want a cable that only gievs you video and no sound - beware of those).

    Also be absolutely sure that you have RGB output enabled in the DVD player's menus. I think all of the Pioneer players are set up to output Composite out of the box and RGB needs to be enabled manually.
     
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    The menus seem ok.

    Grainy? This being the 1st LCD TV i've ever had I don't really have a point of reference other than my eyes. There is no colour banding but there is a slight dotty shimmer. It's not really noticable from distance but up close it's there. And when I do the DNie test and get the picture of the pretty girl it looks fine. I do think I have a £3 scart from Dixons though and could be a bit pants.

    I have found Thor cables on http://www.beststuff.co.ukthor.htm
    Thor Ribbon Scart to Scart = 0.75M for £22.50

    Maybe I should just invest in better cabling and rule out the weakest link.
     
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    Also a long shot but the DVD disk you are playing is it 4:3 or 16:9, if its 4:3 ensure the TV is set to autowide and its not stretching the picture then see if that improves quality. Think the scart cable or not set to rgb is the most likely cause.

    Ive notice on digital tv if the source is 4:3 and you have the TV set to wide it stretches the picture fine but the sharpness is not quite as good as when the tv is set for autowide, ie displaying as 4:3.

    Best thing would be to try a 16:9 dvd or at least one that is widescreen.

    Apologies if you have already tried a 16:9 DVD, just thinking out loud.
     
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    The DVD I tried was a shiney new copy of Kingdom Of Heaven. Wasn't anamorphic as there were black boarders top and bottom.

    I haven't checked the settings of the DVD player to make sure it's set to RGB out. Will look tonight when I get home.

    Once sorted my new Batman Begins should look tastey.
     
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    It is anamorphic, it's just that that film is wider than the aspect ratio of the widest available TVs.
     
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    Sit a bit futher back!
    LCDs dont look their best up too close even with decent source material.
     
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    I sit about 10 foot away. On the bed and it's against the far wall. Picture is better at that didstance.

    You know when you get your DVD palyers splash screen before putting in a Disk? Well, I get this ghosting effect going across. Now I thought it might be the TV arial interference so I unplugged the TV arial from the back fo the TV and the picture just became awful! It's crazy, I tell you!

    Not only that, THe Samsung has a built in Freeview tuner but I don't get any freview channels? Any Ideas?
     
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    Sounds like interference. I get no digital channels at all when the TV RF aerial is near a certain plug shaped transformer I have that powers my DECT phone. Took me months to figure that one out. Make sure anything like that is unplugged then start with TV and DVD first and take it from there. Also, try not to bunch up power cables into groups or tight circles as this creates an effective electro magnet which can bugger up the picture.
     
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    Thanks guys
     

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