Just paid for one at sears, but won't be able to pick it up for another week. Was wondering how this panel performs with regular ps3 consoles and pc games. Also does anyone have the measurement of the base?
Update: I brought the tv home on saturday. Initial setup was horrendous. First thing i did once i put it up on the stand was connect the antenna to it for regular tv viewing. That worked fine, however the channel scanning process took so long, talking about nearly 10 minutes. Seems outrageous, but it's true, good thing is you can skip most of process and just scan the digital channels.
After tv worked with antenna, i started connecting PS3 via HDMi, and PC using dvd-hdmi. This was when things started getting confusing and lead to panic. For whatever reason it was not getting any signal from any other input source aside from TV(antenna). Saw a few flickers of scrambled colors for pc-input. Changed cables for ps3 and still could not get signal. It was odd, i manually selected that type of usage each input was for, ie, game,pc, etc.. and still no go. After over an hour of looking for things that could've been wrong with the configuration, I decided to take out the antenna and using only hdmi/pc connection. Then it worked, i dunno why the antenna was preventing the tv from switching to other sources but pulling that out did the trick. What worried me was the realization that i might not be able to watch tv without antenna, so i switched the cable i used for the antenna from RG6 to RG59. That did the trick, antenna works, input switching works. However, every now and then there's a problem with hdmi handshake with ps3 that requires powering the ps3 down and rebooting. Annoying to say the least.
Spent a few hours calibrating the tv using the dvd provided from this site. There are some good things and some bad things about this tv.
PROS (or just things that actually worked as intended)
Color seems pretty natural, the blue and green when calibrating showed alot of saturation.
Good screen uniformity and no convergence.
Alot of options for calibrating colors, but few to calibrate black/white.
Can be very bright when set to high back light values. What's good about the back light on this set is that you can set it in increments of 1 instead of the standard 1-10, this one goes up to 1-100.
- no dead pixel, very impressive for this screen size. I've seen alot of floor models for this exact tv from frys and bestbuys and never noticed a dead pixel. So chances are you'll be getting a good panel.
But overall, I'm finding this tv to be pretty mediocre and really represents what its intended market segment to be. Cheap, big, and no frills.
Alot of crushed blacks
Trumotion 120hz feature really not good for use, it introduces alot of wierdness, ghosting, etc. I would recommend turning this off as many others have said. Good thing about the motion feature is that it's not as dramatically pronounced as the samsungs, it doesn't hit you immediately. But that can also be a testament to it not working properly after awhile as suggested by previous poster above.
- remote is cheap, plastic looks like a 99 cent remote.
- there just isn't alot of settings to really calibrate black/white on this tv. Maybe i'm doing something wrong but i'm not seeing it in menu.
- Viewing angle isn't bad, but you will definitely see light bleeding from corners at certain side angles. I think this is quite normal for a tv of this size, you really can't avoid it.
- Black level sucks, too crushed, washed out,most of the time it just looks like a blob.
Well for $1400 out the door, i wasn't expecting much and that's exactly what I got. But i'm just hoping it'll stay alive for a few years until the next big thing comes along. This tv has finally put my hdtv search anxiety to rest, but not so much in a good satisfying way,but a rather somber acceptance that since i cant shell out the big bucks, i'll just have to settle. And in doing that, i'm ok, because for all intents and purposes, it serves the user fine as long as you're not expecting incredible things from it. As a monitor and tv, it's pretty standard, does the job. I'll be fine tuning it and hopefully can post some settings that might look ok, but settings will always be subjective.
For that audio sync issue, you can juz hold down the menu button on the side of tv, then hold down the menu on the remote, a screen will pop up for password, keep pressing 0, 4-5 times and it will take you into a menu that allows you to adjust the audio sync, i believe it's #4 on the lower left menu, go there, and look for the audio sync related tab on the pop up menu and change it from 20 (default) to 0.