Time Warner Cable on (which) RPTV

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  1. Honza

    Honza Auditioning

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    Our old TV is finally giving up after 10 years, and I decided to get a RPTV (plasma is too much $$$ and LCDs scare me because of bad pixels). I am undecided as to which model, depending on several factors. Any shared experiences and input will be welcome.

    1) Time Warner Cable - what format do they use for HDTV channels, how do their 'regular' digital channels look on HDTV, and how does the rest of non-digital channels look?

    2) DVI connectivity - does it really improve picture quality over using component input? (and does TW HDTV box have DVI)

    3) Sets - based on the comments here and from what I have seen in the stores, I am leaning towards the Toshiba 82 line (is HD basically HDX w/o DVI ?), Hitachi (SWX20B or UWX20B - are the extra $$ justified for SWX ?), or possibly considering a Mitsubishi which I believe displays 480p natively (if upconversion is a big issue).

    4) Finally, how big? We'll sit probably 9-12 ft from the screen, so I am thinking 50-53". I am afraid anything bigger would just be too big.

    Thanks,
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  2. Bryan X

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    I just got the Panasonic PT-53WX52 about a week ago and have Time Warner cable. I was really worried about the quality from what I had read.

    Although I'm sure it will vary with the quality/strength of signal you are receiving, here is what I have seen.

    Right now I just have regulary analog cable hooked up and for the most part all the channels come in much better than expected. There is some decrease in quality versus a tube, but the picture is very good.

    I'm getting the HDTV receiver tonight, so I can't comment on the digital/HDTV set top box yet. I'll post more on that after I see it.

    I sit about 12.5 feet back and the 53" screen is just right, IMHO. I'm glad I didn't go any smaller.
     
  3. Ming Wang

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    I have panny 53wx42 with time warner. the analog and digital channels are acceptable. true HD programs are great most of time. but sometimes you can feel the program got compressed a little too much. some 4:3 programs showing on HD channels have bad color though, kind of dark and blue.
     
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    I also have the same TV w/ TWC and their HD service, and I agree w/ Ming in general. FWIW, I don't use the stretch modes for 4x3 content though.

    _Man_
     
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    I have a jvc 56wp30 and use time warner digital cable and also get my local hd channels through time warner. I sit 9ft from the tv and my cable signal strength is -2db. When I was going through the process of choosing a tv my big decision ended up being between the tosh 57hdx82 and this jvc. The tosh and jvc had the best stretch modes for 4:3 content and to me looked better than the others I was comparing to with cable (hit uwx,swx,xwx and mits 55511 and 55411). I ended up going with the jvc because the price is unbeatable and I think it had slightly better stretch than the tosh for 4:3 content. But then again this is just my opinion after being able to compare all the tvs at the same store sitting next to each other and having the opportunity to "tweak" each set.
     
  6. Jason Spencer

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    1) I have the 57H82 and find that the best picture for anything but HD comes from a coax connection using the TVs internal cable decoder. Only drawback is you lose the guide feature of the cable box - if you want that just connect the cable box to ANT2 and it'll be fine. For HD stuff you have to use component cables (provided by TW, though they're pretty cheap, they work OK for me...) I get all of the major broadcast stations in Orlando, but your market may vary. They look pretty good, but like the previous post said, some shows are better than others. Most stuff is just upconverted standard definition stuff, so it won't look TOO much better (especially if you stretch it). What really shines are programs MADE for HDTV (CSI, Tonight Show, etc) or the HDTV loop (gasp [​IMG] ) But overall, most digital cable channels (other than HD) look ok, but a little soft (fuzzy/out of focus). The farther away you sit, the better it looks.

    2) DVI does not provide a better picture over component cables with today's broadcasts or DVDs. I've read that most that have seen it side-by-side were hard pressed to see a difference. Perhaps someday it will help, but I doubt you'll be using the same TV by the time it is really used by more than a handfull or channels. The only thing it will truly provide is pay-per-view, and unless you're a PPV junkie, that isn't worth it in my book. Don't forget, just because it can "support" a better signal, doesn't mean shows will be produced with the type of camera required, or that TW won't overcompress the signal to allow more channels into the mix, thus removing any benifit from the DVI connection anyway...

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  7. Honza

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    Thanks for your comments (quite a few Panasonic fans [​IMG] ). Glad to hear that up-conversion is not a big issue. I also revised my 'specs' to 50-57" [​IMG] .

    We are going to hit the stores tomorrow to compare different sets. After reading various posts, Toshibas are still at the top of my list (leaning toward HDX at the moment, although I've seen some comments about a flicker problem with this model?).

    Anyone from San Diego area who can tell me what HDTV box Time Warner uses?

    Honza
     
  8. Ming Wang

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    I'm in NC and the cable box is scientific atlanta explorer 3100.
     

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