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    Hi. I recently switched to DirecTV. HR24 box, fed into a Denon AVR-1909 receiver.
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    Hmm I can't really tell you why. Maybe try all the settings on default?. I have a 5 year old LCD w direct an older box and all sports look fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tortfesor View Post

    I was not going to go with plasma due to burn-in and longevity issues.

    Please give me your thoughts. Thanks.
    With pixel orbiter technology, plasma burn in is a thing of the past. Most plasma have a life span of 80,000+ hours. Also, you don't have to worry about refresh rate with a plasma. It's the best technology for action sports and gaming.
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    Thanks guys. I'm gonna give the Samsung LED-LCD a try, and if I'm unhappy, go plasma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tortfesor View Post
    Thanks guys. I'm gonna give the Samsung LED-LCD a try, and if I'm unhappy, go plasma.
    Have you calibrated the set? LCD's are way more susceptible to jaggies and artifacts, but I am guessing that calibrating it and adjusting the sharpness might help a little.

    I can't recommend calibrating your set enough, once you get it. If you don't want to loosen up the purse strings and pay to have someone do it, you can always use a dvd and do it yourself. (Obviously it wont be as good as the guy who brings over the fancy light meters, etc. but it will still help.)

    Actually, I just found my Digital Video Essentials DVD, shoot me a pm if you'd like to borrow it to calibrate your tv and see if it makes a difference.
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    Before I bought the Sharp, I spent a lot of time on the AVS forums reading up, and copied a bunch of calibration recommendations. Also, I endlessly played with the "auto-motion" and "film" settings. I found that the picture is best with both off. I'm just starting to think that the larger the TV, the more "noise" one gets. Anyway, the Samsung will come later this week, so I'll try them side by side before returning one or both. Also, thanks for the offer to borrow the calibration disc, but I already ordered it on Amazon. Appreciate it though. I didn't want to bring in someone since it's so subjective and I'm the kind of guy that will just want to figure out how to do it on my own anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tortfesor View Post
    I didn't want to bring in someone since it's so subjective and I'm the kind of guy that will just want to figure out how to do it on my own anyway.
    Unless you own a lightmeter and have experience, etc. you will not be able to replicate someone coming to your home and calibrating it.

    Did you take a look at Panasonic plasmas? Everyone sees things differently, but I found the picture superior to most other similarly priced units.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tortfesor View Post
    Thanks to the Kings raising my season seats by 48.9% with early renewal, I decided to cancel my seats and just bought from Costco the 2011 Sharp LC-60LE832U for $1699. LED TV with 120hz with their 240hz Aquomotion. It's a great TV with an amazing picture. However, when watching hockey with their motion smoothing settings, I get trails on the puck, so I have to turn it off. Also, when the camera pans across the rink, everything is blurry for a moment. It's really annoying. I don't know if it's the TV, or simply a product of moving from a 46" projection CRT to a 60" LED.

    Anyway, I'm thinking of moving up to the Samsung 2011 UN60D7000 ($2,350) which is a native 240hz, and their clear motion rate of 720, hoping that the fast hockey motion won't be an issue.

    I was not going to go with plasma due to burn-in and longevity issues.

    Please give me your thoughts. Thanks.
    First off your sharp is a native 240 hz. The samsung won't be any better with motion as it is also an LED with the same native hz of 240. You'll get the best picture out of a plasma. Plasma's natively have a refresh rate north of 600hz and will have no problem with fast motion as you would see in hockey. They also produce a more natural picture that stays consistent through all viewing angles.

    I would highly recommend any of the Panasonic plasmas, followed by the samsung plasmas 6500 series and up.
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    Thanks guys, the Samsung LCD came a few days ago and looks incredible. It does not have the problems that the Sharp. Big difference between a native 240hz and Sharp's "240 Automotion" which mimics it. I'll give it a few more weeks (my return period) but it's looking like a keeper. Thanks again for all your advice.
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