Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
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With my 111FD, the red tint does not seem to be consistent. Sometimes black screens seem to have more tint than at other times. My room has no windows, so watching conditions are usually fairly constant. On the other hand, if a light is turned on, I doubt if the tint would be seen.
At present is is most noticeable on the top and bottom of the screen and in dark screen letterbox images where the blacks in the picture look fine (a "blue" black) but the letterbox bars can have a distinct, but light red / crimson "glow" black. Before I noticed the tint, the letterbox bars in this situation would be seen as a light grey black. When there is any illumination in the active area, the bars and bezel disappear into the blackness.
If I try to adjust out the tint (still frame on movie) in the bars, say by increasing the blue cut control, you can get the bars more "neutral", but by that time, the picture is bright blue! A fullscreen pluge pattern does not seem to have any excessive tinting. If I bring up an unused input, the tint can be seen, but if you bring up the white balance controls, no amount of adjusting will change the tint in any amount on the unused input black screen. To me the tint appears to be a panel "problem" as opposed to a white balance adjustment "problem". Then again, I am most likely incorrect and would hope someone with real knowledge can come up with a cause.
Before I noticed the tint, I had not noticed the small bars on 1.85 movies, now on certain dark scenes you can see a distinct light reddish small letterbox bar. I have taken to turning on the panel and letting it settle down through it's three levels before turning on my 7000PAL and this seems to help (most likely fooling myself!). When the panel turns on, it shows a grey / black "solarized" blocky or blotchy pattern for a few seconds, then goes to a grey level, then I think darker grey, then to the black where you can see the tint. I also think the tint was less noticeable if I turned up the black level one click, but that makes the black level just a little bit too high.
At least my ticket was opened with Pioneer Canada when I had some time on my warranty (down to days!), so if we come up with a fix, I may be able to get it covered....I hope.... Still a great picture and I try to ignore the letterbox bars in dark scenes, but once you see it.....