I bought my Pioneer 5080HD from Invision Displays this summer (July '07) and have enjoyed it for many months now. I just got around to taking some pictures of it for family/friends, and I thought I'd share here. I think the pictures came out pretty well, but of course they can't do the television justice, you'd have to see it in person to fully appreciate it! Knowing that many of you ARE enjoying your TVs in person right now, I still hope you enjoy the photos. All movie photos are standard-definition
DVD that has been upscaled to 1080i by my *low-end* DVD player.
I use the Pio 5080 with a Toshiba SD-4890SU standard def. DVD player. It has up to 1080i upscaling capability, which I make use of through the HDMI connection. It's hooked to a JVC RX-8000V 5.1 DTS receiver, running Klipsch KG 5.5s for main front speakers and KG 2.5s for rear surrounds (giving me 4.0 at this point! I'm still searching for the center and sub...). I also use my XBox 360 on the TV. In-fact the XBox is the only high-def source I have!
I took these photos with our Canon PowerShot SD400. It's just a point & shoot digi-cam, with no fancy lenses or anything. I used manual settings to adjust the exposure, I needed to bump up the time a bit to capture things in our dimly lit family room. Note: most of the movie scenes are on pause, I tried to capture the best still-frames I could, some things might be a little fuzzy still. The TV shots show motion, which is why they're blurry somewhat, but you get the point. We have about 12 channels of over-the-air HD television, it looks great in-person. Some shots will be linked and some will be shown in-thread, just click the link for the others (since I'm limited to 10 photos on AVS!).
Pic 1: Scene from the Matrix: Revolutions, you can see most of my setup: TV, Rcvr, DVD player, XBox 360, and Klipsch KG 5.5 main speakers
Pic 2: Capt Mephune talking with the young 'volunteer' in Matrix: Revolutionshttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508002.jpg
Pic 3: Nairobi pilots the hovercraft as it powers down some pads in Matrix: Revolutions. Notice the shadow details, which are even muted in this photo, my camera only captures so much! The black levels are superb on this TV. You can barely notice where the bezel stops and the film begins!
Pic 4: Opening part of Lord of the Rings (LOTR): The Two Towers, photo is kind of dark, but looks good in personhttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508004.jpg
Pic 5: Close-up on the mountain, a lot of shadow detail from this Kuro set!http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508005.jpg
Pic 6: Frodo and Merry watch as Gandalf casts the Balrog into the chasm
Pic 7: Gandalf watches as the Balrog plummets, nice definition in the fiery face of the Balroghttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508007.jpg
Pic 8: Gandalf making his assault on the monster!
Pic 9: This is the cave/opening below the tall pit into which Gandalf and Balrog fell. The darkness really brings out the TVs capabilities. The next picture shows where the light/fire begin to illuminate the cavehttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508009.jpg
Pic 10: The light/fire have begun to illuminate the cave and water as the fiery Balrog and Gandalf fall through the openinghttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508010.jpg
Pic 11: Saruman using one of the "seeing stones," I like the colors and stark details in this photo
Pic 12: Treebeard with the two hobbits, Merry and Pippinhttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508012.jpg
Pic 13: Gandalf, Aragorn, and Legolas approaching Rohan, I really like the scenery and colors in this photo
Pic 14: 1st in a series of 4 of the same shot on pause:
Original size in 4:3 with grey side barshttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508014.jpg
Pic 15: Compare to the last photo: Ugly stretching of the same image in "wide" modehttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508015.jpg
Pic 16: Compare to the last 2 photos: Mild distortion and stretching in "full" modehttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508016.jpg
Pic 17: Compare to last 3 photos: Correct proportions, no side bars, and minimal top/bottom black bars in "zoom" mode, my favorite for DVDs. You barely lose any film information on the sides from this mode [compare]
Pic 18: A real joy, high-definition gaming!http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508018.jpg
Pic 19: Halo 3 loading screen, I am so excited it's finally here!!! It looks outstanding on the 5080http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508019.jpg
Pic 20: Me driving the Warthog on the approach to Tsavo Highwayhttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508020.jpg
Pic 21: The Brutes took me out, this is a quick shot before it restarts my last checkpoint. I love the look of the "bubble shield" top left area of the screen. The Brutes are "smart" and use all sorts of the equipment to their advantage
Pic 22: Just overlooking the sky, the Banshees (flying objects) look blurry because they were moving and the camera exposure was pretty long. The rest of the shot looks very nice though. Lots of detail in this game, and the TV shows it well
Pic 23: More Warthog driving, nice details shown in the tunnel. The bright opening even looks washed out (purposely), as if you yourself were in the cave and about to burst through the opening (your eyes would then adjust the size of your pupil if it were real life, man, they thought of everything in this game!!!http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508023.jpg
Pic 24: Peekin' out with the Sniper Rifle, there's like 4 or 5 baddies just below the gatehttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508024.jpg
Pic 25: The Halo 3 main screen. In-person the text is razor sharp, my camera just captured some blurriness since it was pretty dimhttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508026.jpg
Pic 26: I'm not a huge football fan, but everyone wants to see HD football on their set, so this was on TV
Pic 27: The people were moving (caused the blur) but this is High-def football. The ticker at the bottom is pretty sharp and even though it's not totally clear, you can see a lot of detail on the coach's face/hair. HD TV looks really good, they still have some issues with compression of data, etc. that cause a less than totally stellar picturehttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508029.jpg
Pic 28: My new (to me) Klipsch KG 2.5 surrounds. It's not ideal placement, but I have very little room to work with! The other surround is tucked under a lamp table on the left corner of the roomhttp://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1.../Pio508031.jpg