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Sony KVHR36M31 Owners please help


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The tv was delivered a couple of days ago and then the hd box. I will say i'm impressed with the picture quality, but i have a few questions for the initiated.

I have my hd box in hd 2 input (via component), and non progressive dvd player in hd1 (via component). Now, when i watch hd (box output is 1080i) it excludes all drc modes(custom 1-3), all wide/zoom modes and progrs/drc1250/100hz modes.

Now is this normal, or is this because it is plugged into the input that can be used as an RGBHV input. When i change output on the box to 720p or 576p the tv cant display this signal, flickers, multiple pictures etc. What's happening or what are your settings/inputs?

Please help!

Is there a way for the tv state what mode its in 1080/720/576 etc?

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When the Sony thinks that it is connected to a HD signal many options are not available. This is detailed in the manual (but you may have to read this a few times to pick this up).

Yes the set fusses about when changing inputs but IMHO this is normal with the way it is built.

As far as trying to determine what the Sony thinks its has (HD signal) , the only way seems to be the way its is behaving seems to be the behavior that you have stumbled upon.

In regard to the inputs HD1 will connect component, HD2 will do component as well as RGBHV (which from memory is claimed to be HD1 in the manual).

Yes PQ is very very good compared to pixelly type devices, but the over-scan does sometimes annoy, but you can't have everything.

My configuration is HD STB connected to RGBHV (HD2), DVD connected by component (HD1).

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I have a non-progressive player and homecast hooked up to HD1 via component and a HTPC hooked up to RGBHV on HD2. I did have my homecast hooked up to RGBHV for a bit but I need the PC for recording so put it back - there didn't appear to be any nicer picture anyway. This all works fine for me there are no scanning issues for HD1 but the PC over HD2 does have overscan at 1280*720 which is something that I was ready for I guess from posts over at AVS.

It seems you have a problem when you say that when changing down to C720 or C576 the TV won't resolve it. I have just tried this again and the TV resolves the homecast changes down to these resolutions on my setup (C108, C720, C576). This could be a problem with the stb also not outputting properly OR your TV not resolving it properly.

One very basic way of telling what the TV is being fed is hitting the button on the remote on the left of the mute button (one from the left on the top row). If you are running 1080i or 720p it will say "HD Signal". If you are just running 576p/i it just has the DRC information.

Chriso do you have scanning issues on RGBHV only? I'm beginning to think that, because it's RGBHV then there might be scanning issues just with this input. I'll try to test it tomorrow.

Otherwise I would suggest trying another STB first. Go into a shop like JB and ask to see it hooked up or buy from a shop with a good return policy, that way you'll be able to narrow it down to either the STB or the TV.

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Thanks for the replies.

Playing around last night for a couple of hours with settings on tv + homecast hd the 1080/720/576 problem is gone, dont know what fixed it but its gone now so its all good!

What contrast/brightness/colour/sharpness values do you have in Personal to give you the best picture quality. I still havent seen the demo channels so i cant set it to what i've seen in the stores. They must screen those during daytime only.

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Chriso do you have scanning issues on RGBHV only?

Yes. it is only this input that it fusses about. After testing this for a number of channel changes it fussed about 1 in 3 channel changes.

One very basic way of telling what the TV is being fed is hitting the button on the remote  on the left of the mute button (one from the left on the top row). If you are running 1080i or 720p it will say "HD Signal". If you are just running 576p/i it just has the DRC information.

Missed this one (thanks nobby), maybe I will program this into the learning remote.

In regard to overscan (and on my configuration), I have not noticed any appreciable difference between component and RGBHV.

If you want me to do any further tests just indicate what you want and I will do them and come back to you.

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Thanks for the replies.

Playing around last night for a couple of hours with settings on tv + homecast hd the 1080/720/576 problem is gone, dont know what fixed it but its gone now so its all good!

What contrast/brightness/colour/sharpness values do you have in Personal to give you the best picture quality. I still havent seen the demo channels so i cant set it to what i've seen in the stores. They must screen those during daytime only.

I've been through DVE and made the following:

Picture(contrast) down to 45-47.

Brightness up to 56-58.

Colour up to 53-55.

This is with my DVD player of course, which crushes black. However it does produce a nice image with HDTV as well. Pretty much somewhere between hi-fine and standard.

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