I had a few questions for you VT owners, some background first.
I have 110 hours on 65VT30 now in my log where I write down the times I turn the TV on and watch it. I'm using custom settings with contrast and brightness down at 40 and color at 35 and sharpness at 0. At the 80 hour mark, I turned contrast and brightness up to 45. I chose to NOT run slides and just watch a variety of content from TV off-the-air to blu-ray and DVD at full screen.
Since I hit the 100 hour mark, I checked the EPROM I have, turns out that my July build has the current 84.46. I got mine at Best Buy, so guess it's true, they took care of that.
Oh yeah, I will need to try some black and white material, I want to see if I can see these green color blobs you guys are talking about. So far, I haven't seen any indication.
I am having a lot of faith in you guys who are saying this TV calibrates well and produces an excellent image. I say that because at the current settings, the image looks dark. I have a Pioneer PRO-1130 plasma in the next room that was replaced by the VT30 when the Pioneer's HDMI inputs both died. I can currently stand in the hall and rotate my head and see both TVs and compare the image. The Pioneer was never professionally calibrated. I have used the settings that D-Nice shared back in 2006-2007 and has a great image! The VT30 looks like I'm watching with sunglasses on compared to the Pioneer. But I know as I put in hours on this set with the settings lowered to break it in, I am happy to accept this.
I've played the Aliens blu ray with the lower settings and the image is indeed great! The larger size and 1080 image was great! So I hope once I put in another 100 hours and try D-Nice's settings, the VT30 will look better then my Pioneer.
BTW, I've tried the THX default setting and thought it was equally dark and dull. Vivid looked awful! I won't watch in Vivid mode. I am using my Pioneer as the benchmark. That TV's image pops with good color and brightness and contrast. Granted it wasn't calibrated, just using D-Nice settings.
So I hope my set will respond well to adjustment when the time comes. A professional calibration is not out of the question.