Side by side and left to right in 2 pics are, respectively, the D8000 remote and the BD-D6500 remote. As you can see, they're nearly identical. The D8000 remote has a light on/off button on the top right as you can see. It's still too bright to test its effectiveness, and I've not into a dark room yet. Will try in tonight when it gets dark.
For now, the D8000 remote seems to control the BD player just fine. As a side note, the BD-D6500 is very slim, and seems to have LED touch screen controls. It's a slot load rather than a tray load, so it won't take mini-DVDs that some camcorders used in the past. It also had an easy set up, and found my wireless network right away
With a 3Mbps pipe, I streamed a sample of Vudu+ in SD. I assume that if I bought a monthly membership, I would get HD, streaming, but I'll need to explore that before I join anything.
I know the D8000 is just off of the shelf, but in case anyone was wondering, there was no software update (if it was a Windows based TV, there would already have been at least one critical update).
The last picture is the out of the box settings. I have the picture so far set to Standard. There are 4 picture choices - Dynamic, Standard, Natural and Movie. So far, Standard seems to be the best. First impressions are that Dynamic is brighter, with more contrast and color saturation. Watching an ice hockey game, Standard has whiter whites and more contrast. The hockey game looks really excellent. It makes me almost want to watch a game. It is still likely too saturated, but less artificially bright. There are no lights on in the crowd and it has very good black levels.
I'm not sure about natural yet. It seems to dull things too much, at least during a fairly bright day with ambient light.
There are a lot of picture settings. There's a Black Tone setting: Off, Dark, Darker and Darkest. I just changed it from Dark to Darkest. LED motion pluss includes: Off, Normal, Cinema and Ticker. I'm trying it on normal for now. It was off.
I have Edge Enhancement on for now.
Color Space includes Native, Custom and Auto. I just changed it to Auto for now.
I'm not touching Flesh Tone or White Balance for now.
Picture Options include Color Tone, Digital Noise filter (auto for now), MPEG Noise Filter (also Auto for now), HDMI Black level is greyed out (presumably because I chose Auto on either Color Tone.
Auto Motion Plus includes: Off, Clear, Std, Smooth, Custom and Demo. NO idea what to do here (this is where you all wish I knew what the heck I was doing). There's also Blur and Judder Reduction. When I turn on custom, not surprisingly, I can then tweak Blur and Judder Reduction, which I'm not planning on doing on my own.
Now that I've done a little more adjusting, Dynamic mode looks like an oversaturated, overly bright store demo. Of the modes, I like Standard at least for sports. There's no question (for my taste) that each of Standard, Natural and Movie all need some tweaking. I'm curious how close to D65 Natural and Movie are.
I also saw minimal judder on an iHop commercial (of all things). When the fork and spoon reach the waffles at the end, there's a bit of choppyness present. I tried all modes (above) and didn't see that much different when pausing and replaying the commercial over and over. It's going to take time watching normal programming for me to figure out what works.
For now, I'm going to try Black Ops as another test of motion.
This is going to take a lot more tweaking than I thought bc of all of the adjustment combinations.
I need to take screen-shots of the settings for each mode.