I was able to pick up a used 151FD last night. I had one several years ago and regretfully had to sell it due to my financial situation at the time. The set is in perfect cosmetic condition and has zero IR or dead pixels, so I’m pretty pleased. It does, however, have over 12K hours on it, but at this late in the game, complaining about that is kind of pointless.
Coming from Panasonic plasmas that I’ve been using the last year (VT60s, which are great sets with their own little quirks), I immediately noticed when running a Kuro demo BD thatI have that the blacks look….well, reddish on many scenes. At first, I thought that maybe this just has something to do with how Pioneer “drives” their panels in comparison to Panasonic or Samsung, but the more I looked at it, the more I determined that this isn’t normal. It’s a pretty uniform tint and isn’t very obvious unless I’m watching in a dark room.
My set was never calibrated by the previous owner. I’m pretty sure he just used Performance Mode for practically everything. I’m waiting for D-Nice to tell me when he can come out to Phoenix and that hopefully he is able to help reduce the tint. I also intend to calibrate the ISF modes myself in my iDisplayPro and ControlCa w/Calman in the meantime.
I keep hearing stories about owners going into the service menu and resetting certain things and being absolutely amazed with the results to solve the tint issues. But at the same time, I’m absolutely terrified of doing this for fear or bricking my new acquisition. Additionally, I can’t seem to find any clear cut instructions of how to do any of these adjustments. Instructions appear pretty scattered and seem kind of complicated.
Do you guys have any advice on where I should start?