Originally Posted by Malicize
Dougette: Yes, I had it set to Cinema, which locks advanced settings. I'm on Custom now.
ex0du5: What brightness do you have yours on? I can barely (if at all) make out squares #1 and #2 on http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/black.php
this test with backlight at 5 and brightness at 66.
Edit: Found your brightness... Backlight at 1 and Brightness at 51?
With those settings, I can only see the last row. I presume your result is better? I have the 40".
Well your settings might differ according to your specific TV or your input device. I'm using a PC, so it's possibly my PC is outputting to a larger color space than traditional AV devices, or perhaps yours is, meaning my settings would be different by a significant margin. Basically, your PC might be set up to either compress or expand the RGB space when mine is doing the opposite.
I can barely see square 2, but I can never see square 1. Not bad, really...that's only two levels of black missing (our Panny 85U performs similarly). Just bring the brightness down to the point where the background doesn't get darker. If I bring my brightness down 1 point, the background doesn't get darker, but the rest of the screen does. If I bring it up one point, then the background gets slightly lighter. Similarly with the contrast page, I can barely see 253, but can't see 254, so it's not perfect, but quite good regardless.
About the buzzing: I just realized I was really attuned to it because it was in the morning when my hearing was most sensitive, and my room was completely quiet. I have a lot of trouble picking out the noise otherwise, so I'm not going to worry about it.
edit: there's one major advantage to using a TV over a monitor that I hadn't really thought of: the ability to run in non-native resolution. I can run games at 720p if I require additional performance, and the image quality is still perfectly acceptable (at least with anti-aliasing). With a monitor, anything other than native res looks absolutely awful.
Finally, as for playing GH on this thing, I haven't tried it yet, but I can tell it's going to be a problem. Not because of input lag, but because of audio lag. I'm sending audio over HDMI (using SPDIF passthrough), and I have my headphones plugged in directly to my soundcard. The headphone audio comes out before the TV audio, meaning there's some audio lag in the speakers. This is pretty usual for a TV (in fact, all of the HDTVs I own have significant audio lag), but can be remedied by using external speakers. With my Sharp Aquos, I simply use the audio-out from the TV and it's fine, so hopefully that's the case here as well. This TV has both RCA out and optical out, so all needs should be covered if this bypasses the lag.