I'm very pleased to announce that last night I took delivery of a 6020FD.
I didn't intend this post to be so long, but I'd like some feedback on some of my first impressions.
This is my first plasma, and I've arrived at this junction through many trial and error situations with LCD's. All in all, I've owned 5 LCD's. Three Samsung LN52A650's (52") the Samsung LN52A540 (Sams Club 52") and a cheapo Sanyo from Wal-Mart. All 5 have gone back because I was not satisfied with the flaws in the design.
That said, if it's not already apparent, I'm very particular about flaws on sets. Actually if I had to rank items of importance on a set, I would put flaws above PQ in order of importance. I know some of you would prefer a set that had significant buzzing if it offset that flaw by having beautiful rich colors and the deepest blacks for the ultimate PQ. I, on the other hand wouldn't be able to stand such a set. I'd actually prefer a no-flaw set, and would sacrifice PQ perfection for that.
I decided on the 9G Kuro because it's known to be among, if not the, best line of sets on the market today. Additionally through all the thousands of posts I've read here, it also seems to be one of the least troublesome when it comes to flaws.
I started the break-in procedure last evening, with an Onkyo SP-404 and the break-in dvd from eaprogramming. I've hooked it up to the 6020 via S-video. I can't recall where I read that tip or if I imagined it, but that's how it's running. If that's not a good setup, someone chip in and correct me please.
I have a couple of first impressions I'd like to share:
. It's there, and reading all the posts, I was convinced I could hear it before my TV was delivered. The buzzing is almost non-existent. I can hear it clearly when I'm behind my set (as other posters here have mentioned), and I can hear it when I'm in front of my set only if I focus on the sound (the unit isn't in its final spot, so I can't quote an exact distance). I have decent hearing, I am still under 30, and I still have the hearing to pick up those pesky mosquito frequency ringtones some people have on their cellphones. The buzzing issue is not an issue for me with this set.
- The KURO sticker
. It wasn't there. Kind of suspicious to me, but I've seen posts where other owners didn't have one either. Is this now the norm, or did Pioneer repack someone else's set? More light on this would be appreciated.
- The dirty picture
. I think I know what people are talking about. When I look at an LCD that's displaying a completely white picture (if I were looking for dead pixels), I'm almost blinded by the light and the picture looks pretty uniform. Only when the Kuro is displaying the white or gray pictures of the break-in disc, I do see what I would describe as a non-uniform picture. It's almost as if I can see darker haze in some sections of the picture on white (or light gray). Is this a problem? Is this some kind of optical trick my eyes are playing with me while looking at a white picure that is being drawn many times per second? I don't think it is, but I'd also like some feedback on this. I don't think I'll notice this effect with normal content.
- Dead pixels
. A favorite of mine, since I'm prone to this curse. I'm happy to report I haven't seen a single dead OR stuck pixel. Hooray! But don't get too excited yet. Being the flaw finder that I am, I have a jewler's quality magnifier that I use to inspect "dead pixels." When I had the first white screen displayed on the 6020, I went searching, with my naked eye, for dead pixels. I noted 4 or 5. I was pretty disappointed. I got my jewler's loupe and looked at them to see if it was dead or stuck. Amazingly, the 4 or 5 spots I noticed were not, in fact, pixels. They were actually solid objects obstructing the light from a pixel. One or two of the objects were tiny gnats, yes insects. Another couple appeared to be dust particles that were sandwiched between the panel and front glass during the manufacturing process. This isn't the first time I've seen this. This actually is the third HDTV (2 were LCD's) where I've seen these "gnats" in the glass. I'm very curious if people reporting dead pixels aren't actually seeing black dots that appear to be dead pixels and are really tiny fruit flies or dust specs. Long story short, no dead pixels, but 4 or 5 partially "obscured" pixels, and I am okay with that.