I'm new here... this is my 2d post. And I'm new to the whole home theater scene. I just plopped out about $4000 for a new tv, receiver, surround system, a new HDMI DVD player, and floorstanding speakers (for a 7.1 system) last weekend.
I bought a 42" Panasonic plasma TV. The signal is coming from a DirecTV TiVo box (digital). The picture looks like pure crap. Of course, when I change the source to my PS2 (Gran Turismo 4, specifically) or my DVD player, it looks great. I am using S-video to connect the DirecTV to the TV, component video for the PS2, and HDMI for the DVD player. I know that has a lot to do with the quality of the picture... but should the digital picture of the TiVo box look so crappy? I don't remember it looking that bad on my CRT TV, and that was with a plain coax connection (not even S-video).
Am I missing something here? I'm not ready to buy a new HD DirecTV receiver yet... though I'm sure the picture quality would increase even when not watching programming in HD (because of the HDMI connection). I just can't think that the picture would look as bad as it does. It's not snowy or anything... just very blurry in parts, and when there is contrasting colors... especially something like dark text on a light background, there are lines and blurs and everything. Of course, I have not yet connected my DirecTV box to my receiver, then my receiver to my TV yet... and my Yamaha receiver has a Video "UP"conversion function. Maybe that will improve. But in the mean time, if anyone has suggestions, I'm all ears.