Hitachi 53' HDTV and best DVD/TV Settings

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  1. Pat_C

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    I'm afraid I don't have my TV set to its optimum level while I watch DVDs. It's a 53' Hitachi Ultravision, and when I watch widescreen DVDs I never adjust the settings on the tv or DVD player. What should I have it set to for best performance --i.e., should I zoom in to remove letterbox effect, etc.?
     
  2. John S

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    What DVD player?

    If the TV is the Hitachi 53FDX20B they are rather known for needing to adjust your basic picture controls for the component inputs to get good results.

    It will be best by using a Progressive scan player, set as such feeding either of the component inputs. (DVD is usually put on the first set of component inputs, but your choice with this set)

    Adjust you picture controls, there is an excellent basic calibrator included with many DVD's these days that bear the THX logo, called THX Optimize, Run it, and tweek acordingly. (I tend to use the one included on the Indy Jones Box set)

    As far as zoom and all that goes, heck no, watch it all in OAR (Originall Aspect Ratio)

    The tint in particular is known to be way different on this set using it's component inputs -vs- other input sources.
     
  3. Pat_C

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    Thanks John. That is the TV I have (53FDX20B). I appreciate your help (once again, I believe). I have the Denon 910 hooked up to it. I rather enjoy the picture, but I'm not entirely sure what the optimal settings are for it, although I'll continue to research it and try a THX disc out on it.
     
  4. Mike-C

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    I would suggest that you purchase AVIA or DVD Digital video essentials so you can calibrate your TV. Or you can contact an ISF specialist to come to your home and calibrate your TV for you. Among the many benefits of a properly calibrated TV is that setting the contrast properly can reduce your chances of burn-in.

    HDTV's have an screen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, more commonly referred to as 16:9. Most films are shot in either 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 aspect ratio's.

    An anamorphic DVD that was filmed in 1.85 aspect ratio should fill up your entire screen as long as your DVD player's video setup has been changed to "widescreen".

    Movies shot in 2.35 (The Star Wars film and Lord of the Rings for example) will still have black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, but they will be much smaller than if you were watching on an old 4:3 television. My personal feeling about zoom mode is that its almost as bad as pan & scan. It alters what the director intended you to see by cutting off all the edges of the frame.

    A really good link that explain aspect ratios and anamorphic widescreen are at the digitalbits.com. Go into the FAQ, click on specaial features, and look for the ultimate guide to anamorphic widescreen.


    [My response is based on the assumption that you have a widescreen/HDTV. If you have a non-widescreen RPTV leave the DVD video setup on 4:3]
     

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