Registered: Apr 2002
Originally posted by RNZ
My original Sony HD100 was manufactured by Sony. It was the first generation. You would think that a fourth generation unit like the HD Tivo, would give you the newest and best HD PQ quality. Or are its guts just a cheapo Hughes HD unit which just happens to record HD. If that's the case, a bad joke has been played on all of us. I suspect that DirecTV hopes that the users of this new unit have never had an HD box in their homes and thus have nothing to compare it to. Even the cheapest and worst HD plasma/CRTs look very good, but when compared to the very best they fall short. And this unit was not inexpensive-the Sony cost less when it was introduced(granted no HD recording).
My point would be that it is not clear yet that the newest units have "worse" picture image, they may indeed be softer, and not as brilliant colors out of the box, but that may not be "worse." It is different. Just as many TV's are set too hot and brilliant out of the box, because that is what people think is a better picture, especially doing side by side comparisons on the store floor.
With a high quality output display, you should be able to adjust the image to be as good as possible to spec, and even make it overly sharp and/or brilliant depending on your taste, by appropriately adjusting your display to your new input device.
For the best possible picture, you need to calibrate to the input path you are going to use, in this case the HDTivo and the only real tool for this path, is the HDnet calibration tools recorded to your HDTivo.
I would grant, that the output may be "worse" because components have been cheapened (This happens in things like Audio Equipment all the time), and is a natural part of the evolution of AV equipment. However, I actually suspect this is not true. I suspect that appropriately the HDTivo box is just not set overly sharp and overly brilliant, and that I can correct to higher sharpness and brilliance if I want, in my display device, which is where it actually should be calibrated. And that this is not a bad joke, but is indeed a "better" image from which to calibrate to.
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