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Poor picture quality & audio reception

When I hooked up the converter box to the TV it came in hazy and poor audio quality. It had worked perfectly before the converter box. I removed the converter box and tried it with just the indoor antenna again and the quality is still poor. The controls on the menu for picture and audio quality have no effect on the quality of the picture or audio quality.

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If the input to a HD tv is not in HD format the tv won't display an image very well. Be sure your input to the tv is compatible with the tv's technology for optimum performance quality Also re-check the input source (such as converter box, dvd player, etc..) and be sure you have the correct input/output ports connected properly. Try to reset all yout tv settings back to manufacturers defult specs. When an input signal is sent to the tv most modern tv's have software built in to select the proper format to display the input image. There may have been a mismatch communication error when your tv software tried to "handshake" with your converter box input signals from its firmware. So try a reset solution and re-connect the tv without the converter and see if that helps. If not e-mail me and I'll determine if the tv needs technical servicing.


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