I'll give your problems a stab, but you're the only person so far on AVS with the 9731 model, which really hurts in trying to figure out what is normal and what is peculiar to your eyes only:
Any other 9731 owners out here in AVS Land ???
Originally Posted by 1stHD
I post the issue here. These models should behave very similar. Please comment on thiese.
It seems adjacent pixels are interfering each other or something else exists between pixels. If I look at the screen at close distance I can see this. It's not straight neat vertical and horizontal lines on which the pixels are located. Instead it's blurred rough lines and the overall picture is not crispy but blurred. On my old unit each individual pixel is neatly displayed as tiny dot and all pixels on display formed neat thin vertical and horizontal lines and no interference exists at all. That makes big difference on the picture quality. I think the DCdi technology by Faroudja on the Vizio made the difference.
Has nothing to do with Faroudja, other Philips models work fine. How 'close' are you getting before you see the pixel spaces ? Is PixelPlus turned ON ? Try adjusting the other settings, including OFF.
2. I don't know how to call it correctly so just call it ghost curtain on the screen. Ideally you see the picture but nothing else no matter it's a still picture of moving one. On my screen it's like there is a very thin see-through plastic or glass type curtain with visible painting on it. When the real picture moves the curtain does not so I can see something there. It's like the legit picture layer is moving but the ghost curtain stay. It's definitely not the glass or dust on it. It's some kind of picture display. This type of issue should not happen no matter what setting is on. I had tried almost all kinds of setting and this issue is always there.
Never heard of this before and don't know if it's the TV or your eyes. Get another 9731 or the 9631 and compare. You are one of these people who need to have a few sets in your house, set them all up, and just keep one. Otherwise, you'll never be able to determine if it's you or the TV's.
3. Occasionally I could see mosaic blocks or strips. This type of issue happened to all display one time or the other. But on the 9731D it seemed to happen more often. I watched same program or even the exact same thing saved on DVR. I believe it's the picture processing on the unit is not with very high quality.
You mean flashing pixel squares? Could be the signal you're receiving. But who knows, with all the other glitches, maybe it's a 9731 thing. The 9731 seems to be a 9631 with 3-sided Ambilight so I'm not sure why there should be all these problems. It's not like it's a revolutionary new model.
4. The contrast and brightness have to be set nearly 60 to get acceptable picture. Below 50 it's too dark. Given its 10000:1 and 1500 rating this definitely should not be the case. My old units have 10000:1 and 1000 rating and I only need to set them at around 40 to get acceptable picture. The good about the 9731D is its color. It looks richer than my old unit but sometimes it's a little unnatural.
All sets are different. Forget about this and worry about the other items.
Some of the issues may have to with my eyes. My eyes are more sensitive than most people. E.g. most people's CRT monitor flicker severely to me and they even don't notice the flicker. After they set the refresh rate higher they don't see difference but I do. All display flicker and people won't see it. If you use a camcorder videotape the monitor then and playback you will see it.
Who are you, Steve Austin, The Six Million Dollar Man with the bionic eye ??
Do yourself a favor: get another 9731, a 9631, and another set that you swear by (Vizio?). Then call an ISF technician in and spend a few hours with him. Otherwise, I think you'll never be happy.