Join Date: May 2008
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I posted this in the other thread, but here it goes:
I picked up my Pioneer 111 earlier today from Best Buy, and after transporting it to my house, transporting my old TV (a 30" Toshiba 1080i CRT, which had AWFUL black crush) to my sister's house, and playing around with the 111 for an hour or so before running the break in (off the home media center), I have my initial observations:
No buzzing at all. Maybe my hearing is bad, but I'm 28, and I think I have decent hearing. Maybe I don't know what I'm supposed to hear, but I'm not hearing it. Awesome.
None. I've searched, not super closely because I don't want to find one, but I haven't spotted any while running the break in disc, even on the white scenes.
The picture looks excellent! Beyond my expectations. I was watching Planet Earth on Blu-ray, and there are scenes where there are dark darks (views of the ocean, etc.), and those totally blended in with the bezel. Ditto on the few minutes of widescreen movies I watched. I have noticed that now I wish my viewing distance was a bit better (I sit about 7 or 8 feet away), since my cable HD feed looks nowhere near as good as the Blu-ray discs, when my old TV didn't show such a drastic difference. Standard definition looks quite good, too. I haven't watched any regular DVDs yet, but I will experiment tomorrow.
This set sounds awesome. I don't have a surround sound set-up yet, nor do I plan to get one for another 6 months or so (not because of cost but because my place is too small anyway), but this will definitely tide me over.
So far, I think Movie mode looks best. Pure mode seems to give the picture a softer quality, which I'm not especially fond of. Again, I only watched about an hour of programming so far, so it's hard to tell. Also, is there something I need to do to set the TV to ColorSpace2?
I'm loving the TV so far. It's like having a movie theatre in my living room!