Originally Posted by Schwingding
I am a new LC-32D40U owner. My previous set was a Samsung CRT Slimfit POS that I grew more and more frustrated with every day, till the power supply finally went belly up.
My ballpark was $1500-2000 for a new HDTV. 32" is about as big as the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) will permit. If I still had a working HD unit I would have probably waited till I could get a hold of one of the Panasonic 37" plasma units (and a divorce), but I needed a TV. Anyway, I wound up buying this Sharp unit that y'all are talking about.
I'm driving it through the HDMI port from a new Yamaha HTR 5990, which is fed by a DirecTivo HR10-250 and a Samsung DVDHD850 upscaling DVD player.
My impressions from the unit that I saw in CC and BB were that the colors looked great, and after I got to fooling around with the remotes, I realized that the brightness was too low in the store, making the blacks lose the detail that others mentioned in their evaluations in the stores.
Knowing full well that Sharp is a major manufacturer of LCD TVs, and already having a smaller Aquos, I figured that what I saw in the store was irrelevant, and when I calibrated the unit using DVE at home I would see the true story.
During calibration I realized that I really wished the setup menu had adjustments for individual color, but I was able to properly sync the color with the DVE disc and the supplied filters. The brightness pluge, however, only displayed 2 of the 3 vertical bars, something my previous TV did, too, and it makes me wonder if it is the DVD player and not the TV. Still, I was able to adjust the brightness properly according to DVE. Contrast is another issue - I was not able to achieve any "blooming" at all in the picture, and am unsure if this is a CRT only issue. I therefore judged contrast on my own. Sharpness was easily calibrated, too.
With the unit having completed basic calibration, I put Wednesday's LOST in HD up on the screen and was immediately blown away. I believe my words were "Holy sh*t". Hurley has some really bad skin! After enjoying a few minutes of LOST I turned to the DVD and put in my "reference" disk - "Revenge of the Sith". I decided to do all of my testing in 720p because I really can't see any difference in 1080i on my previous set (and forgot to do any testing in 1080 on this one because I was so happy in 720p)
Giddy would be an appropriate description of my emotion while watching the initial spaceship battle scene, in 720p. I cannot imagine being happier with any $1500 32" LCD. There is no comparison between this and my previous HD unit as far as color and PQ are concerned.
The one thing that is going to take some getting used to is black level. Black just really isn't "black", but I knew this going in. With no picture on the screen and a dark room, the screen still has some glow to it, whereas my CRT was truly black. While viewing a show though, I can't tell that black has less black in it.
It was easy to setup, standard set of menu choices, wonderful picture.
Tonight I'm going to watch King Kong. This isn't the forum for it, but you really should look at an upscaling DVD player if you don't already have one, and are, like me, waiting for the HD DVD/Blue Ray war to be over. They totally transform your DVD experience.