Here are the pictures of the set (more to follow).
Here is my initial thoughts.
- Set looks not that bad for sub $3K.
- Remote looks cheap and feels cheap.
- Speakers are removable, but looks ugly with attachment railings (i don't know if they can be removed). See next message for the picture.
I used my HTPC with this set. The monitor fired up at 1280x1024 resolution without any problem using monoprice DVI2HDMI cable.
I am currently having problem with setting the resolution @ 1920x1080. I don't know if this is due to my nVidia 6800GS card or the monitor itself. with this res, I get distorted image (see next message for exact nature of the distortion).
One time I was able to get monitor display image @ 1920x1080 60p but after I tweaked some settings on my card, I was back to distorted image again.
My DVICO FusionHDTV produced less than staller image on this display at 1920x1080, 60p. I don't know if this is a VGA card issue or the monitor issue.
It looked like monitor is not doing 1:1 pixel mapping at that res. Image looked like processed and scaled againg by the monitor (not 1:1)
I'll do more testing tonight and post update at a later time
Now that I've spent considerable time with this set, here is my impression of this set.
- 47" LCD, Bright and Crisp, good for HTPC applications
- Good build quality. Eyefi/Bydsign made their sincere effort to make it stand out
from the other low priced competitors
- Good anti-reflective coating
- Black anodized, precision machined aluminum base and frame gives solid feel.
although I preferred not having frame around the glass, I think Eyefi's reason
being same case is used in their 50" plasma model
- No cheapo branding
- 1920x1080 (1080p) @ 60Hz, when mated with HTPC (I don't have any other 1080p source.
- Decent speakers, gets the job done for normal TV viewing
- After spending lots of time with the set, I am getting decent SD quality from HTPC.
I think credit goes to FusionHDTV USB and my HTPC (Athlon X2 3800+ with
GeForce 6800GS), which does a good job of scaling 480i SD to 1920x1080 (4:3).
I got excellent DVD quality (Shriek II) with my HTPC. But result was exactly
opposite when I used my 4 year old sony DVD player (no progressive scan, just
480i). But for some reasons HD (1080i) content does not have that WOW factor
- Remote leaves lot to be desired.
- Poor performance from built in scalar when scaling 480i DVD and other SD sources
to match display res. I don't know if this can be fixed by a firmware update.
- Too few teaking options in terms of PQ. Eyefi, if you are listening, please provide
us the option of turning off the internal scaling with HTPC so that RAW 1:1
mapping can be achieved. I am assuming set does some kind off image
processing for all tyes of inputs (HDMI/Comp/VGA).
- Currently I am having trouble with color banding even @ 1080i HDTV resolutions
I do not want jump into conclusion yet if this is fault of the scalar built into TV
or result of the poor/hi compression deployed by comcast to save the bandwidth.
I tried using OTA signals with an amplified indoor antenna. But signal quality
inside my apartment is too weak to get even a single OTA broadcast.
- Not happy with HD viewing yet. I do not want to blame this set yet. This could
be due to FusionHDTV tuner or scaling performed by fusion software or graphics
card before feeding to the monitor. It could be entirely sets fault if it is doing any
kind of processing (rather than RAW 1:1 mapping) and cannot keep up with the
amount of processing needs to be done at 1080p resolutions.