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    Agoraquest Forum Index Television Configuration
    KV-40XBR800 pixelation? Dashboard
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    Last Reply: February 20, 2003, 10:40 am

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    Author KV-40XBR800 pixelation?

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    Joined: Feb 17, 2003
    Posts: 9

      Posted: 2003-02-17 19:17

    I've had my KV-40XBR800 for a couple of days now and I'm very pleased. My only question so far is: what settings can I try to minimize some of the pixelation (might be the wrong word but "grainyness", etc.) from my DirecTV receiver?

    I'm running a decent s-video cable directly into the tv and some channels look better than others. I applied the red push adjustment others have talked about and didn't really notice much difference.

    The DVD playback, as expected, is stunning but I watch about 75% satellite and 25% DVD so.....

    Any insight, tips much appreciated!




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    From: Santa Clara, CA

      Posted: 2003-02-18 12:45

    It's mostly the "garbage in... garbage out" syndrom. The satellite signal isn't perfect and the bigger TV's just blow it up even more. Not much you can do about it.

    Try adjusting the pallete setting to 1,1 for reality and clarity under advanced video settings. Try different patllete settings and see if you can help it at all.

    How close do you sit? Maybe you are too close.


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    Joined: Jan 26, 2003
    Posts: 6
    From: Northern New Jersey

      Posted: 2003-02-19 19:51

    The problem is that DirecTV changes the compression rate of different channels, so depending on what you are watching and when, the quality may look very different. Most upper tier programs, HBO, PPV, etc, get a larger slice of the bitstream and therefore look better.



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      Posted: 2003-02-19 20:25

    I just tried a little experiment: I hooked up a monster composite cable on video 3 and a monster s-video on video 2 - both coming from my hughes Directv receiver. I'd heard that using the comp. cable would allow the comb filtering in the TV to kick in and could "smooth out" some of the blockiness. I noticed no difference in pixelation but did notice the colr was more vivid with the s-video cable. So much for that theory.....


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    From: New Jersey

      Posted: 2003-02-19 20:45

    I am trying to decide on the KV-40XBR800. I have read a lot of the posts regarding pixelation. Unfortunatelythe stores that I went into were using a HD source so I could not get a good idea of how the tv will look with Direct TV. Is the problem THAT BAD? I will be sitting 10 - 11 ft away. Would the 36" set be better or should I just go with the 36" analog set (KV-36FV300). I am replacing my trustworthy 32 xbr2.

    I had a bad experience with my old 65" Mitsubishi HD set and it was great for DVD and Hi Def but was horrible for watching satellite. I couldn't even read the numbers on the back of football jerseys.

    I appreciate any comments. Thanks.



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      Posted: 2003-02-19 22:43

    As a new (3 days) owner of the xbr40 I have to admit I'm surprised by the pixelation on certain channels. However from what I've read this is not an issue with the tv but rather the quality of the directv signal. It's also not consistent - the hbo and pbs channels have a stunning picture. Viewing distance also impacts the degree of pixelation you see - anything beyond 8-10 feet

    I think going to anything smaller would probably lessen the pixelation effect but I don't regret getting the xbr40 - especially when watching dvds


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      Posted: 2003-02-19 22:46

    I didn't really comment on "how bad" it was earlier. I would classify it as noticeable, but not horrendous. It certainly isn't so bad you couldn't read numbers on jerseys.


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      Posted: 2003-02-20 10:40

    I've had mine about a week now, sit about 12 feet away, and I must say I'm very depressed about the DISHNetwork signal and it's compression. However, this isn't the TV's fault.

    I'm thinking about switching over to the Co-ax to see if that makes any difference.

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