Aside from one of the LEDs going out over a year ago (blue I think it was) and replacing it myself with the help of the great support in this thread, my 61" set has been trouble free. LOL aside from a couple idiosyncrasies of late that seem now to have magically corrected themselves. Switching inputs with the remote from HDMI 1 with my DirecTV tuner to HDMI 2 for my Roku got to be a joke at times with it taking like 4 or 5 times with it reverting instead to HDMI 1. Even with hitting the home button on the Roku first. It would blink 2 but still do 1 after choosing 2. Lately .... just like buttuh ..... I hit the Roku home button and the TV has been going to HDMI 2 automatically without me even having to use the input button on the remote. And for about a month recently it got weird in that I would power the set off and it would immediately turn itself back on, necessitating me having to physically unplug it after powering down. Now that has corrected itself on its own also finally.
The prices have come down on what I will believe will be my 65" replacement TV, a Vizio P65-E1, to where it will cost me no more than I paid over 9 years ago for the HL61A750. So instead of continuing to baby it with less brightness than ideally I'd like at Medium setting thinking less heat would help extend the life, I'm getting wild and crazy
and now running it on High for a much nicer pop. But I am also no holds barred experimenting with some settings I never used before, from the amazing amount of user setting this set provided ..... with Dynamic Contrast and Wide Color Gamut. Have only been watching on network and streaming for a couple of nights and have to say with these ballpark settings below I am really digging the pop and color and overall picture now thinking it is the best it's ever been for this never pro calibrated set. Of course the better the source the better they look. Have not tried with Bluray yet. Just started experimenting a few days ago and still a work in progress.
For bleeps and giggles in case anyone wants to try them out, here they are. Your mileage of course may vary. Using dynamic contrast and wide color and a couple of the other settings that we were told to always leave off requires really working with some of the other settings and / or raising them or lowering them to compensate, and these have asterisks
on them. Guessing Max brightness could be tried too but I don't want this great old set to say WTF are you doing to me and blow up out of spite.
COLOR TONE Warm 1
BLACK ADJUST Low
DYNAMIC CONTRAST Low
*WHITE BALANCE -3
*FLESH TONE -4
EDGE ENHANCEMENT Off
SIZE Just Scan
HDMI BLACK LEVEL Low
FILM MODE Auto
COLOR GAMUT Wide
*** Darbee .... per source on Network and per taste. I think Darbee processing on these sets is awesome and adds so much. The wobulation created HD really seems to accept higher levels of that processing exceptionally well with good sources. You can flip with the little remote the processing on and off of course and just see the added detail and dimensionality wrap itself around objects and faces when on.
Anyway that's what I am playing with now for however long the Sammy continues to last. I do have a dedicated theater with a near golden sample JVC RS500, with other prior JVCs over these same years and never felt like throwing rocks at this set in my front room when coming in to watch it. So I do have a good point of reference.
I have good purples on my Lakers uniforms which are kind of tough and am happy with the flesh tones and pretty ecstatic about the wider range of color and deeper colors I am seeing. Same with black level and shadow detail.... nothing has been sacrificed there.