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Baz88

Guest
Hi
First time of posting in these forum,so hello to all :hiya:

Asking this on behalf of my sister who has just purchased a
Sony bravo LCD 40 inch (I think)'

She got it yesterday (Sat) and I looked at it today,well must say I'm
not impressed at all,picture to me (crt user) seemed quite fuzzy and @
£2000 + i would have thought it might have been better.

It is out of box,plug in and watch with them,with no attemp to set
things up if if that possible with a LCD screen ??.

I know with a Plasma you can get specialists in to set up a plasma for
very best results with some sort of dvd setup disc.

So question is do you need to do the same with a LCD panel ??
to get the best out of it.
Many thanks.
Barry
 

lord-dudester

Well-known Member
yeah, of course! you gotta think that every ones eyes and viewing environments are different so tweek the settings until you get a picture that best suits your viewing tastes, the sony's have a load of settings to mess with, but stick with the basics first, brightness, colour, backlight etc.

the pictures not gonna look amazing either unless you feed it from a real qualitly source. most people are really put off flat screens whilst viewing them on freeview as the pictures are never amazing, feed it with sky HD or good dvd source and its a different story

good luck, and welcome to the discussions

RD
 

noshoulders

Novice Member
Hi Baz,

if you can get the model number, there'll be a thread on here where people have posted their settings
eg:
brightness 70
contrast 65
backlight 9

That should give you a starting point.

As rudedog has said, the quality of the source is also worth considering, what is your sis running to it?
 

clual

Novice Member
welcome to the forum.

i have a bravia, and yes it looks horrible straight out of the box, you need to adjust the settings as previously mentioned. good lcd tv's can be very unforgiving, so the quality of input is important and don't forget that if you feed in standard def signals it can only do a certain amount to upscale the image to fit the larger screen.
 

Dazo

Novice Member
Sorry for jumping on this thread but i would also be interested in the answer to this. My sony KDL-40w2000 arrived today and SkyHD is getting installed in Wednesday. I am a first time LCD owner and would like to know what settings i should be altering.

Many thanks for any advice. :smashin:
 
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Analogue

Guest
the pictures not gonna look amazing either unless you feed it from a real qualitly source. most people are really put off flat screens whilst viewing them on freeview as the pictures are never amazing, feed it with sky HD or good dvd source and its a different story

RD
So how do you watch BBC1 2 ITV1 C4 and C5 if not from Freeview or some other SD source? (Yes I know that a very limited amount of BBC output can be received via Sky in HD!)

I do not see why it is pre-supposed that because I buy an LCD that is "HD ready" I have to confine my viewing to HD sources or upscaled DVD's! Consequently the most important criteria for me and I am sure a majority of LCD purchasers is SD performance. In my experience the best SD is actually obtained from the higher bitrate feeds from freeview. Sony Bravia is certainly not in the short list at providing good SD performance from what I have seen over an extensive evaluation period.

At present I would rate Philips Pixel Plus as without doubt the tops in this area but with LG and Toshiba an equal close second. The Philips sets do have some drawback in colour depth and both the LG (same panel) and Tosh are fine in this area if lacking the unequalled resolution of the Philips (which makes SD look almost like HD)
 

lord-dudester

Well-known Member
So how do you watch BBC1 2 ITV1 C4 and C5 if not from Freeview or some other SD source? (Yes I know that a very limited amount of BBC output can be received via Sky in HD!)

I do not see why it is pre-supposed that because I buy an LCD that is "HD ready" I have to confine my viewing to HD sources or upscaled DVD's!
sorry! i was mearly making the point that you're always gonna get a better picture from 'other' sources.
 
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Baz88

Guest
Hi all
Just to say many thanks to ALL the replies I've had regards sister's 40 inch
Sony,never dreamt I'd get so many.

Sorry I don't know the model of the Sony lcd tv,tried calling her but out again,all I do know is that it's being fed by normal sky digi box via normal
scart lead and they got a free dvd player with I believe hard drive on it for recording tv.

To Dazo,many thanks for the links to Sony setting that others have tried/done,to many for me to print so have sent her (and brother-in-law)
the links via mail.
They gave me their six yr old Sony kv-32fx65 u (must be the heaviest
tv in the world) phew,in turn I've moved my Ferguson 28 inch dolby sound surround tv to the lad next door :) about 14 yrs old and still a brill picture.

So again many thanks to you all,with a little fiddle over the holidays they
may be able to inprove the picture on the lcd.
I know from seeing them on demo in the stores that fed with the best source
hd dvd etc that they produce a brilliant picture but I myself think they have light yrs to go before they show normal every day tv as good as a decent crt,
but maybe I need to see one thats been setup properly for norm tv and may change my mind.
Baz.
 

Smurkenstein

Novice Member
Consequently the most important criteria for me and I am sure a majority of LCD purchasers is SD performance. In my experience the best SD is actually obtained from the higher bitrate feeds from freeview.
Interesting points (I have a Bravia X). Not really true in my case. I like to huddle around the TV and watch DVDs and make a night of it and I really appreciate the quality of the bravia (I dont even have an upscaler player or HD, yet..roll on friday for the install). I guess I am a bit of an enthusiast. Tbh, I have always accepted that SD from sky is poor even on my old crt. But I've been watching films on my pc for years, so I am very used to mpeg artefacts.

I've never tuned into freeview- but I think its worth mentioning sky SD IS highly variable - for example, most movie channels have much higher PQ than BBC, ITV, SKY1 etc (and better sound too). Its also definitely the case that the Bravias out of the box have the backlights far too bright as they are optimised for the bright neons of the shop. I found taking down the backilght and up the contrast and adjusting the DRC palette to take out the rough edges on SD is essential.
 

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