KRP-500M - A Little Underwhelmed
So I've had my KRP-500M running for a little over a month now. I ran it through D-Nice's break-in procedure and calibrated it using D-Nice's Pure settings. While I definitely think it's a nice picture, I'm not blown away like I thought I'd be. This is my first HDTV, so the only thing I can compare it to is my 32-inch 10-year old JVC tube. The blacks levels on my JVC are better than they are on the Kuro, and there's no comparison on SD content. I've had a couple of friends over, and not one of them commented about the picture quality or that it even looked good. To my annoyance, my wife tells me she thinks it doesn't look any better than our JVC. Given this, I've got some questions for everyone:
1) A lot of people mention that their black levels are so good that it blends into the bezel. Are you referring to day-time watching as well, because my blacks don't come anywhere near the color of the bezel? The blacks don't look any darker than the color of the panel when it's turned off, which is more of a dark gray.
2) If I was to purchase the ISF patch, will it be a significant improvement over Pure (with D-Nice's settings) beyond just light output?
3) Is the ISF patch still worth getting if I don't plan on having my panel professionally calibrated? Has anyone installed the patch and configured the ISF settings themselves?