|Originally posted by Tom Ebaugh
How does Fujitsu new menu system compare to the old one?
Did you notice any differences with the third generation AVM and the AVM in your 5004?
Here's a comparison between the 5004 and the new Fujitsu. It's a bit early, but ths is what I've found so far:
* The DVI works beautifully, absolutely no problems...gorgeous picture.
* You now have direct access to any input rather than cycling through them. You also have a choice in how bright the menu is. Those that have seen the old menu system know that it was VERY bright. The new style allows the old look or a much more subdued look. I've opted for the darker menu.
* The picture is brighter and therefore the blacks seem blacker, but I'm not sure if that's really true (blacks being blacker) or just an apparent "blackness" based on the whiter whites.
* As in the past, I would seriously recommend the "static" setting in the picture menu. This allows the contrast to stay at your set point rather than changing dynamically. It also allows for a more natural looking picture.
* I've found that calibrating the color is somewhat harder on the new unit. On my 5004 I just dialed in the "warm" color temperature setting and it looked perfect. The new unit is calibrated in "degrees" relative to a hot "standard" setting as opposed to the more common names of "warm" "cool" etc. The baseline setting is now called "standard" and the additional settings are temperature deviations from that point: -500, -1,000, -1,500 through -3,500. You have the same number of settings on the + side. The problem is that none of these settings looked correct to me. The same was true on Mark's set. That necessitated going in to the "user" R/G/B settings (now called "precision color"). By manipulating the R/G/B, I got the color balance to look virtually the same as my 5004. It's not really a big deal, but I would have preferred them keeping what looked like the correct gray scale in the "warm" setting. The same R/G/B settings are available on the 5004, but now you seem to need it. Of course you should seriously consider an ISF adjustment.
* 2 component inputs as opposed to one.
* Somewhat different look to the casing....no big deal.
* The unit now comes with some overscan built in. This is actually not a bad thing! I found with the 5004, several DirecTV SD channels would show up with some picture "hash" on the left and right sides due to the fact that the unit had virtually no overscan. Even when I maxed out the "size" settings at +4, some channels would still show this problem. I've seen it on all 5004s. So, the new unit allows you to go to -4 which basically is no overscan, BUT gives you additional range compared to the 5004 to remove any picture hash. Again, probably not a big deal, but that hash could bother some viewers at times. I don't watch much SD material on satellite, but it's nice to know you can now remove any picture hash if so desired.
* It seems the SD picture is somewhat better. I can't say precisely how, but it seems somewhat smoother. Possibly an improvement in the AVM?
* The new fans are WHISPER quiet, much quieter than the old ones. In fact, I was wondering if my fans were even running until I went right up to the unit.