Nice pictures djap. Yes I agree the pics do not do the TV justice. I think I should be taking pics at a higher resolution then dumb them down to post. That might help. The picture below I just snapped to send to a co-worker. The source is SD Direct TV over S-video to my up scaling AVR to the TV by HDMI. Certainly not an HD signal but from 14 feet away looks pretty good.
- Flashlighting... I don't see any signs of flashlighting. On the cal disc there is a full screen 100% black signal and it is as if the TV were turned off. You may have the back light set high. I noticed when I first played the BD source it switched into Cinema mode and set the backlight ot 10. That is way too high. I have mine set at 7.
- My setting are: Standard Mode, backlight 7, Contrast 70, Brightness 46, Color 47, black adjust off, dyn contrast off, color space native, edge enhan on, color tone normal, digital NR low, smart LED on, AMP (see below). These setting are not the result of some fancy ISF calibration since that kind of adjustment is beyond my ability. I just used the cal disc to make some minor adjustments.
- AMP. I noticed that when I watch my DirectTV SD if I set AMP on High is sharpens up the picture noticeably and I don't get the soap opera effect much at all. This was surprising but nice. AMP is set on high in the pic below. On some sources AMP on high will give you the soap opera effect. Sometimes it is creepy, sometimes not. It is very source dependent. I wish they had a shortcut on the remote to set AMP. Generally Low or Med is best, but I'm really liking High on the SD Tivo.
- Calibration disc... for BD or HD DVD players is here...http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=948496
download the appropriate version and burn it to a DVD. I used the AVCHD version and it played well on my Sony S350, but some players do not support this format. You can also by the blue THX glasses here http://www.thx.com/home/dvd/blueGlasses.html
which are used to set the color levels. That is how I got to "47" on the color setting.
- Glare. I really was worried that glare would be a problem. I spent a lot of time looking at the 6/750 and 630 screens. It could be the lighting at BB exaggerates the glare on the 6/750 because I don't see the 950 screen as glossy as those. I thought the 6/7/950 all had the same screen treatment so maybe it is the difference in what I'm seeing at home vice what I see at BB with their insane lighting. Don't get me wrong, it is a glossy screen, but it doesn't seem as deeply glossy as the 6/750. Once the TV is on you can't really see any reflections on a normal picture. On a screen with credits and lots of pure blacks, if you go looking for reflections you can find them, but if you are looking at the image you will not notice them. I'm really sensitive to glare since in worse case situations it can cause headaches. But now that the set is in the house I'm not worried about it anymore. I do have the ability to control the light coming from the windows behind me so obviously that helps, but it is fairly bright in the room right not and it is not a problem.
- Off-Axis Viewing. There is some drop off in blacks on off axis viewing. I think this is due to blooming I see on very dark images (like the contrast pattern) off-axis. When viewing a picture it shows up as a reduction in the black levels. It is not a problem for our viewing position. For me it is hardly noticeable unless I am so far off axis that I wouldn't normally watch at that angle anyway. But your situation and opinion will vary so if you are concerned about this check it out in a store. I might take some pics at off axis angles and post them later.
Overall I think this set rocks. The blacks are awesome and deeper than any other set I can remember seeing in the last few years. It has enough bells and whistles that it is fairly future proof for the next 4-5 years at least. I'm sure eventually it will be so outdated I will want to upgrade, but my last set lasted me 13 years. The pace of TV advancement is so rapid today I doubt this set will last me that long. But I'm sure I can get many enjoyable years out of it. This one is a keeper.