Originally Posted by al210
Are you in the UK? Or USA or somewhere else? Sometimes it seems that things buzz more in the UK. I bought some Anthony Gallo active bass units and they all hummmmed, audible from a few metres away, but the American owners say they don't hum at all.
My PS51E6500 is up to about 100 hours and buzzes at different frequencies at the same time. When whiter shades of pale come on, it buzzes a louder and a bit higher pitch. So what it's doing is constantly changing volume and pitch of the various buzzes, making it a lot harder to ignore. The TV is in a room with quite a bit of soft furnishing, full length curtains with thick nets, wall to wall think carpet and underlay. One wall coated with 'softboard / insulation board' which absorbs reverb. There's quite a bit of extraneous noise from passing people, planes, trains and auto-mobiles, so in a quiet, perhaps rural, environment with wood floor and nothing soft, as a lot of people like it, I'd expect the noise to be ridiculous.
I can see screen flicker at, maybe 60Hz. That's a bit annoying too. Though mostly I don't notice it.
When I drag a window from the PC monitor over to the TV, the TV's brightness level drops quite a bit, and of course the buzzing volume ramps up. Should it do that brightness drop?
I'm now on HDMI1 relabelled to PC. The very wrong looking colours and most of the problems seems to go at that point.
I adjusted the gamma down to -2. The sharpness to 50 at the moment which looks better with text but less good with 720p TV played from the PC, 100 was better for that and was then nearer to, but not as good as, the Dell U2311H monitor. The black and dark grey shadow and highlighting detail on black and dark grey is all far better with the Dell, I spent many hours on it last night, up until 4am trying to adjust the telly to be as good as the Dell and couldn't get anywhere near. So far it looks like the Dell is better in every way. With the black level on the TV at perhaps 4 times lower, I expected the TV to trounce the Dell, not the other way around. I could make out very fine detail and highlights in black hair with Dell but the telly was soft and indistinct. Same with face stubble and pores, could pretty much count them on the Dell but too soft with the telly. Watching on the telly after 18months on the Dell it feels like I need to get new prescription contact lenses.
I also set:
Cell light: 20
Colour tone: cool. But I thought I changed that back to Warm1 last night as it seemed a bit too blue sometimes.
Picture mode: standard.
I'll probably fiddle with brightness as it seemed to just add a veil to everything rather than just lighten dark areas to show the shadow detail better. Probably fiddle with all of them.
I put the old Sony 36 inch CRT on and noticed how immensely bright it is. Still shadow detail on par with the E6500, not as good as the Dell, but it looked a bit more like quite natural bright day light, at first I felt like I needed sunglasses! I would say that the E6500 needs more brightness.
Colour tone to 'Standard', in some ways 'Cool' looks better to me, somewhere between may be best as 'Standard' it seems a bit too red, I forgot to have a closer look in case 'Cool' is less blue than before now that I've changed the gamma to -2.
Changed the brightness to about 70 to get the background grey to be more black. It's still too grey but any lower and the shadow detail is lost. Can't seem to get this right. Is is because the TV is just not bright enough to adequately highlight black areas like the Dell is? The Dell still looks more real as the reflected light off a face, black coat, shiny car, is more natural and brighter, more wet looking, with the TV this aspect is dulled / muted.
I got the 'black' page up on the Lagom test and on the telly it way medium grey :-( On the Dell is was also grey but the left ⅓ was golden and the right ⅓ was purple, the edges had light bleed from the edge LEDs, especially the bottom which looks like torches are shining up the front of the screen. The whole point of my buying a new Plasma telly was to get an even and very dark black and this telly so doesn't seem to be able to deliver that at the same time as a bright enough picture and even with the brightness up it's not delivering a 'wet look' like the Dell, even though the dell black is far from black. So I'm starting to think the Dell quality is coming from a higher natural brightness. So perhaps LCDs are better despite every reviewer everywhere vouching for Plasmas??