Originally Posted by yosM45
How's everyone’s clouding/banding/flash lighting on the HU8550? Specifically the 75" ones if some of you own them?
I just got my 50HU8550 two days ago, spent 6.5 hours calibrating it Thursday, and have been fine tuning it ever since. I have it set up with an Onkyo TX-SR705, Speakercraft AIM8 FIVE 7.1 system, and "temporary" Panasonic BDT360 BD player (Oppo 103D on it's way). My panel is housed in an amoire (wife, not my idea!) kitty-cornered in an 18'x24' family room with a fireplace. Even with 8(!) windows in this room, I do not mind the panel's reflective screen even during the day. I'm coming from a Sony Aquos LCD with a pure matte screen. I'm giving you these specs to denote that this is not a true HT set-up, but more for total family viewing.
Flashlighting: very minor in two bottom corners, almost invisible when backlight setting is <10. I've heard taking a microfiber cloth and rubbing in circles gently removes this. I'm waiting to put some more hours on the panel before I try this.
Screen does "turn off" when there is "no signal" or a handshake. The "No source detected" message comes up if I don't have the cable box on or BD player on, not really a concern just a mention.
I believe once I'm done with all adjustments, this will be an almost perfect panel (IH01). I know you mentioned you had a wife. I'm married with 4 kids, and it has passed the "family" test with flying colors.
My wife has 20/15 vision and I have 20/18. We sit anywhere from 6 ft (me) to 12 ft away (her), and she immediately saw a difference. "The PQ looked amazing!" This was with Comcast 1080i movies and shows. The HU8550 does a superb job upconverting BD content. I have a wired connection (105/10) and am pleased with Netflix & Amazon; they upload almost instantly. My 7-year-old watches animated shows on Netflix and after they buffer (3-5 seconds), the upconversion from 2K to 4K makes them almost look native 4K. (If you want to see native 4K, put the set in shop demo mode and look at the mountain scenes with the sheep. They look like they can be plucked right out of the panel!) I am very impressed with the upconversion so far, simply breathtaking.
I pick some of the standard movies in my BD library (Iron Man, Avengers) and 3D movies I just recently purchased (Prometheus, Star Trek, Tangled) and everyone is impressed. I'm still playing around with the depth settings on the BD player because 3D is completely new to me. Also, I have to comment on SDVD. I picked out one of my Criterions, L'Avventura (B&W) and thought I had put in a BD (even though no BD of this movie exists yet). I had to actually go within 6 inches of the panel to see any artifacts. This was the best I have ever seen this SDVD look anywhere. I'll be checking out more SDVDs as I go along.
I know sharing calibration settings has been a very "hot" topic as of late, so I'm reluctant to post these for fear of being flamed. If anyone has questions about specific settings, you can PM me.
I was a little hesitant (as anyone is) with my purchase and nervous about justifying it to my wife. My wife has been impressed and actually happy (go figure!) with the purchase, as well as my kids with 3D. I have absolutely no buyer's remorse, especially with the $200 discount and free $300 Samsung UHD video packet on its way.
I'd give this panel a 9.8/10. There are obviously some imperfections (I'm completely OCD about details!) I really don't know how this could be better without going OLED, but that will be at least a 50% mark up over anything we have now, and well beyond my "justification" range for a family room set-up. If I were getting this panel for a true HT room, I would definitely have gotten a 75" or 85".