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Ok, I got my TV this past Friday. Here's what I know so far. I will also post this info in the thread I started on the HLN617W.
I have model HLN617W.
It is a TANTUS model.
It has the 1 and 3/4 inch charcoal bezel around the screen.
Build date is February 2003
Firmware is T-B3K6101-204 released Nov. 30, 2002 at 09:04:42
1.) Changed Gamma setting in the service menu under "DDP1010" from 4 (default) to 5. Blacks were significantly affected.
2.) Calibrated with Video Essentials to set Contrast, Brightness, Color and Tint and Sharpness.
Values before and after calibration with Gamma set to 5:
Contrast = 90 out of box, 90 after calibration
Brightness = 50 out of box, 49 after calibration
Sharpness = 20 out of box, 0 after calibration
Color = 50 out of box, 85 after calibration
Tint = 50/50 out of box, 50/50 after calibration
Setting color with the blue filter on this tv is a BEOTCH!!! It's not cut and dry like it was on my direct view hd set. I'm still not convinced it's right, but I just gave up. Setting the Tint was a little less strenuous.
I'll post my observations on the Service menu later.