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Blu Ray doesn't seem to work correctly

Hey all,
I've done a bunch of research on blu ray players and TV's and the like to maximize the performance and visualizations from blu ray and such; like the colors, and using some movies to automatically synch and what not. I have a 52" Sharp flat screen model# LC-52E77UN and the LG Blu-Ray Surround Sound Home theater system Model # (LHB977).

I know that stores maximize the appearance of their TV's while on display, but I don't get any sort of "Blu Ray" experience at home as I see from the stores. I just recently purchased Avatar Blu Ray / DVD combo and tried them both out. I barely see a difference..... Both discs work just fine, but the visualization isn't what i've seen on the TVs in the stores.. like 3D effect, etc....

I'm very disappointed. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I know i'm a bit of an amateur but at this point, blu ray just doesn't seem to be worth it if I can't get it to work.

Please help!

-john

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  • boyle1983 Apr 26, 2010

    Yes, I have a Sharp LC-52E77U manufactured in 2009. An example is at the following linkhttp://www.buy.com/prod/sharp-lc-52e77u-...

  • boyle1983 Apr 26, 2010

    Correction to my previous post, it is 1080p per the link

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In all reality you are probably not doing anything wrong. You have a great TV and a pretty good BluRay player.

One thing about looking at movies in a store is usually you look at the screen further away than you usually do at home. Also, some of the demo disks they use are recored at a higher bit rate than many movies you can buy. Store displays are designed to show off TV units to make them sell, they do not care about them after you leave the store.

Many people do not know that some Bluray movies can actually look worse than DVD. Avatar for example is encoded at an average of 28 Mpbs on Bluray, and Avatar on DVD is encoded at around 7 Mbps. However, note that a 1080p screen has 6 times as many pixels as DVD, but in this case only 4 times the amount of data for the picture, so in all actuality Bluray has a lower quality picture per pixel than DVD. Some Bluray movies claim that they are 1080p, but are encoded as low as 14 Mbps (They do this so they can fit the movie on a single layer Bluray disk instead of the standard dual layer disks.) Another thing to note is that the color 'black' on Bluray is like 'Bass' on an MP3, in that they both require high bit rates. A low bitrate on Bluray will produce a grainy black picture, and on an MP3 a low bitrate will make the bass sound tinny. A great example of this is the movie 'Crash' which looks way better on DVD than that of Bluray.

From my experience, the best Bluray movies to show off your system are the BBC's 'Natural Earth', and 'Doctor who' like 'Planet of the dead.' Dr who is 1080i, but is encoded at the highest bitrate that I have seen on any Bluray movie so far, and looks outstanding.

Good Luck

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