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    any sugg. on best connection cables to purchase for sony projection television Dashboard
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    mikeyw

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      Posted: 2006-01-09 16:00

    Any suggestions on the best cables to purchase for sony hi-scan rear projection television?


       


    jttar
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      Posted: 2006-01-09 22:03

    mikeyw,

    Are you looking for a brand recommendation or which type of cable to purchase? Are you using a STB for HD? If so does it accept HDMI, DVI or component? A little more information and model numbers will help in offering advise.

    Joe


         
    mikeyw

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      Posted: 2006-01-10 23:42

    well joe thanx for the reply.....
    i have a sony hi-scan rear projection hd comp television.
    im currently using reg. hd components. but still want more and thinking maybe there are better components to purchase or anything to make my television picture work to the best of its ability. im willing to try anything or any adjustments to make my system better for my budget.
    MODEL: KP-65ws510

    [ This message was edited by: mikeyw on 2006-01-11 13:19 ]

    [ This message was edited by: mikeyw on 2006-01-11 15:28 ]


       
    rb

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      Posted: 2006-01-11 17:54

    Belkin Silver Series component video cables are excellent and a great value.
    http://www.pureav.com/video/

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    rb

    I listen to music in StereO


         
    jttar
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      Posted: 2006-01-11 22:47

    mikeyw,

    Thanks for the clarification. The cables that rb is recommending are an excellent value. If I remember right the blue series start out at around $30(US). Whether or not a better cable will improve your picture is hard to say but I will share this, I use to have a KP53HS30 Sony TV which is similar to your model. When I upgraded from the three flimsy component cables that came with my DVD player there was a noticible difference. The colors were brighter and more vivid. The change was subtle and something you had to look for but there was an improvement.

    I would suggest trying a better component cable from a local brick and mortor store that will take it back if you don't see a difference in PQ. I would also suggest staying away from the overpriced Mon$ter Cable line. If you do experience an improvement you could return the cable and go with the Belkin Series or keep what you purchased if the price in compatible. Remember, the change is going to be subtle but if you want to get the most out of your picture it's those little improvements that add up. Please let us know how it goes.

    Joe



         
    mikeyw

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      Posted: 2006-01-12 16:34



     Thanx for the info fellas. i'll get back to u guys when i make the adjustments.
    Question: I live in an apartment complex. i want to get dish satl. but i cant because the complex is under contract with a low budget cable company who offers horrible service. when i move i will upgrade to dish, will that also offer better picture, i know they have HD channels, but as in regular basic channels?
    anyways im gonna get the cables and also do the testing.
    "cant wait to move!"


       
    jttar
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      Posted: 2006-01-12 23:12

    mikeyw,

    I have DirecTV and the basic package does not include the HD channels. It costs an additional $10-$12 a month for the HD channels. Another option if you have a HD ready TV or set top box is to use an OTA antenna to receive your local HD stations for free, which is right in my price range.  Let us know how your component cables work out.

    Joe


         
    mikeyw

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      Posted: 2006-01-20 13:46

     Hello again joe....
    still workin on my tube......another question if i may...?
    Question: on my sony i notice the black level is very dark. was your sony set that was similar to mine the same way? did u adjust any of your picture color settings?


       
    jttar
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      Posted: 2006-01-20 22:08

    mikeyw,

    Glad to see you back. In answer to your question, yes, I did change all the video settings on my RPTV. I used a DVD called AVIA which is a setup disk for video and audio. Basically, it walks you through different set up menus and screens to optimize your settings like Brightness, Picture, Contrast, Color, Tint etc.. It takes a little time but in my case it improved the PQ (picture quality) considerably.

    There are other disks that are similar such as Video Essentials and Sound and Visions Home Theater Tune Up. If you have any commercial DVD's that have the THX setup on them you could try using one of them (Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, comes to mind). I found that the THX optimiser comes real close to the basic video settings of the setup disks.

    All of the above disks also have several good chapters on properly setting up the audio portion of your Home Theater as well. They are a good tool to have.

    Please let us know how it goes or if you have any questions.

    Joe


         
    mikeyw

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      Posted: 2006-02-09 21:32

    hey joe...thnkx for the advice..
    what kind of set up do u have?


       
    jttar
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      Posted: 2006-02-10 21:36






    On 2006-02-09 21:32, mikeyw wrote:
    hey joe...thnkx for the advice..
    what kind of set up do u have?


    mikeyw,

    Sorry I missed your post here. See the seperate thread that you started in this section of the forum. I have answered there.

    Joe


         
    lemoncadillac
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      Posted: 2006-02-14 20:39

    I have a question. How is your reception going on your own instead of Directv? Do you know what reception will be in any other locations around the country? Are you also saying buy my new HD TV with a tuner? I was waiting untill 2006 for the switch. Now that it has been extended until at least untill 2009. I don't know what to do.


         
    mikeyw

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      Posted: 2006-02-17 00:16



    i'm waiting 2-3 more years for a new set due to prices and would really love to have a DLP set, but due to 1080p really not being available etc. i choose to wait.
    My SONY which i love is a high scan rear projection television and what satelitecable companys are offering in time i have no regrets. When i play a great quality dvd i love it. Its the best feeling.I'm working on my components and surround sound equipment at the moment and get great advice from this web.
    i would really choose to go with satelite dishnet at the moment due to u have more HD channels. If ur a sports freak like myself then u must go with satelite.
    joe, what do u the think about maple wood woofers or is there a better wood to choose from. Can u also explain ur conversation on the web, this is all new to me and i'm lost???
    p.s. MY CABLE COMPANY SUCKS...DONT DISGRACE UR TV AS I DID.
    SATELITE IS AWESOME.{GREAT PACKAGES.}

    [ This message was edited by: mikeyw on 2006-02-17 00:21 ]


       
    lemoncadillac
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      Posted: 2006-02-17 17:48

    jttar

    My previous post was ment for you. I too have Directv and would like more info on over the HD broadcasts. I may be switching soon.
    Thanks
    Lemon


         
    jttar
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      Posted: 2006-02-17 23:10






    On 2006-02-17 17:48, lemoncadillac wrote:
    jttar

    My previous post was ment for you. I too have Directv and would like more info on over the HD broadcasts. I may be switching soon.
    Thanks
    Lemon


    Lemon,

    I have not yet made the move to DirecTV's HD broadcasts as they still don't have my locals and I can't see spending the extra bucks for the limited amount of HD channels that they currently are offering. I did call DirecTV a couple of months ago and they told me that later this year they are launching a new "bird" and that my locals will be available along with more HD channels. When that happens I will subscribe as I would really like to get HBO and ESPN in HD.

    I currently use an OTA antenna to pick up my local HD channels using a Sony HD300 satellite receiver. I live approximately 25 miles from the broadcast towers and use a $60 Radio Shack outdoor antenna.

    One of the nice features of the Sony HD300 satellite receiver is that it has a signal strength meter. This makes it very easy to adjust the antenna direction for optimum signal strengh.

    Using the OTA antenna I get an excellent signal for all my local stations: ABC, CBS, NBC, WGN, and FOX.

    You don't mention in your bio where from the midwest you are from but if you go to THIS site and put in your zip code it will show you what OTA antenna you will need and what HD channels are available in your area.

    In my opinion, if your in a position to be able to afford a HD ready TV I would go for it now instead of waiting till 2009. This date has been bumped so many times who knows when all stations will go to digital signals. Also, keep in ming that by 2009 all stations will be required to braodcast digitally but that doesn't mean that all will be in HD, just digital.

    The only problem that I have with HD broadcasts is that I get spoiled quick with the sparkling clear picture and want all my viewing to be that pristine.

    I am not real big into the Olympics going on in Torino right now but I find myself tuning in just because it's in HD and 5.1 surround sound.

    If you do decide to get a TV with a HD tuner I know that you won't be disappointed and when DirecTV does get those new satellites up and flying you will be ready for them.

    Joe


         
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