HDTV looks aweful: What I am missing?
Posted on 2007-11-17
Everyone I've spoken too loves their large 42" plasmas HDTVs. I don't own a TV and only view DVDs on my computer monitor. I had been contemplating buying some type of box that I could record HD-DVDs onto and play up on an HDTV. Something that had nothing to do with my computer, except that it might record the HD-DVDs to the computer hard drive and then transfer them over to this little box. I don't want to stream them across the wireless network since that isn't fast enough. Plus, the little box's HD will be dedicated to only serving up the HD-DVD content. What type of setup do I need for that?
Here comes the next question:
I decided to check out some HDTVs at Bestbuy to see what every one is liking so much about them. Well, of all the large plasma HDTVs they had, I didn't see anything that would make me want one. They were all very pixelated and grainy. Especially solid colors and places where it goes from one solid to another (edges of sun or bright light). My monitor looks better than that. So, I figured maybe the HD signal wasn't turned on for them or something since there was a sticker saying you need an HD signal. That's when I got a salesman to point me toward the HDTVs that are just so real and crisp that it looks as though you can reach into them and touch the thing you are looking at. He then brought me back to these horrible looking TVs. I'd rather view a regular TV then this.
I told the salesman what I was seeing and how bad this looked. He said yes, there is some graininess but he completely disagreed with my assessment. I'm not sure what to make about all of the HDTV hand waving but I have no plans to buy one if that's the best they can do.
Here's my second question: What exactly is every one else seeing that I'm not?