When I get a new TV the 1st thing that I do is feed it material and tough scenes in varying conditions (bright room, dark room, etc). I had a Hitachi 50v500 that wouldn't die on me, so I couldn't justify upgrading until I absolutely needed to get a wall mounted display and a display with better HTPC compatibility. After doing some reading I pulled the trigger on this display about 2 weeks ago for a great price.
I have a few questions regarding issues that I have seen with this set. I really don't want to trade it in; there are draw backs to every display as far as I am concerned so it is a matter of finding one that is most compatible with your needs.
I am using a PS3 to play Blu Ray and some DVD content, I am also using a home built HTPC to play Blu-rays, DVD's, and HD DVD'sboth are connected via HDMI (I also receive HD cable and OTA content with which I am not overly concerned about PQ because it usually is what it is). I also have an XBOX 360 hooked up via component.
If you are like me and look for defects in a picture when making up your mind on a display, and don't want to have some pointed out to you don't read these. I have found that I can never see what I am looking for on a showroom floor, and really need to get a set into my living room to see what the display is really like:
1)Black levels: this display tends to lose a lot of detail in black areas and has been my main pr
There are scenes where half a person's face gets swallowed in shadow in a day time scene. I have tried adjusting however I almost have to make brightness too high to compensate. I have made this issue better though adjusting, but like I said it seems like I am running it a little on the bright side now. However, I would almost rather have less black than have details swallowed up by Shadow. The Bourne Identity on HD DVD is a perfect example on my HTPC. Could this be an HDMI cable issue with black crush? It was not an issue with my last display.
2)Flashinglighting/Strobing/Pulsing: I had to turn the back light way down, and turn off active contrast. Scenes with a rapid change in brightness would pulse with light momentarily while the set adjusted. This sort of defeats the purpose of having these feathers though.
3) I swear that there were a few slow pan scenes that had horrible judder/stutter. A slow Bankok Dangerous; however it didn't look like the movie had very consistent quality.
4)Moire there were several pans of the city in the latest Dark Knight that vertical lines would show a lot of it.
5) I have seen banding on SD DVD's in dark scenes on the PS3.
So far these are my main issues. I tried the utlitmatetv settings and I didn't think that they were very good. They seemed to be geared towards sd content since the film mode was set to on. I will give the link to TV Blink a try.
So far I like the fact that this set will allow for 1080p via component, and its non-reflective screen. The colors on this set also seem to be very good to me. The form factor of this display is perfect and looks excellent in on our living room wall.
This weekend I have the option to trade in the display. However it wouldn't make sense to trade one issue for another. All in all I am pretty happy with this display and would like to leave it hanging on my wall.
I have also looked at the Samsung 650 & 750's, various Sony's, and the Toshiba 52xv545u.
While I keep reading about the excellent PQ of Samsungs, the red color and reflective screen would make these a difficult chose for me. Also I think that I would be the type of person who was put off by the halo that has been reported on the 750.
The Toshiba also looked like a good choice since it has dejudder processing and the various display modes this display is capable of. However issues with green are also making me hesitant and I also don't like the fact that it would display 1080p via Component. SRT up scaling is an ok feature that wouldn't really tip the scale form me since this can be accomplished through a receiver also.
Thanks for reading and for any input.