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Here's a couple of sites I found after a quick search. I've emailed two companies to try and see if we could source the fabric from them. It would be really nice to get a large enough piece of fabric to make the cover with no seams along the screen face -- I'm guessing a minimum of two yards in width? Also, there are widely varying grades of this fabric; it would be nice to find the optical grade as used by RadTech...

Anyone else out there interested in joining us and making a "group buy" on this?

Dilbert and brt3,

I have contacted Radtech and told them that I am interested in buying a large uncut amount of their optex fabric for use on my large screen tv. The person I talk to said that she will forward the request to upper management. I also told her that this can be a new venture for them to manufacture screen covers for large tvs', since they are not too many out there available and that maybe I can be their first test subject. This is a good sign since she didn't laugh at me and hung up.

brt3,
Those sites you provided are very interesting. If it doesn't pan out with Radtech, then maybe we'll go with those companies, though I prefer those luxurious optex fabrics.

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Hey Guys-

I've asked this before............................but I need some input. My stand is all wood. Will the Qualia scratch the top? Should I put something under it? If I need to move it around a bit while it is on top of the stand, will it scratch it?
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The QUALIA does indeed have a glass shield in front of the screen. I believe it's made of acrylic...

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I'm still following this thread and you guys...and rogo in another thread...are slowly convincing me that I should seriously consider buying this set. Those 006 owners, who have experience with the P50 Fujitsu plasma, are particularly convincing...to me. But $16,000+, including tax and a new stand, is a major investment!

I'm in an area where there is no 006 to observe. Your feedback is...for the moment...all I have to judge this set. I don't believe any display is perfect. I love my P50 but have learned to live with some of it's deficiencies. I now want a bigger screen.

I don't know what happened to "Dream Catcher" who compared his 006 to the P50 while watching the AFC/NFC playoffs. However, "Ray" posted his comments comparing the P50 to the 006 more recently. I'm surprised how definitive they both were about the superiority of the 006 over the P50.

There are a few reasons I went with the P50 over a RPTV, almost 2 years ago. I'm hoping that some of you can comment on the 006 and how it handles what were well known deficiencies in RPTVs. If you guys think these issues should be discussed in another thread then I'll re-post, but where best to ask these questions than in the owners thread?

OFF AXIS VIEWING: Top of the line plasmas produced superior PQ at more horizontal angles...up to 160 degrees. Also vertical off-axis viewing is always consistent with a plasma, but not RPTVs. I know this problem has been improved with each new RPTV generation, but the last time (last week) I saw an LCD or CRT RPTV, the problem had not been satisfactorily resolved...for my purposes. We usually watch TV straight on and sitting down but many times someone is standing by the display or in the kitchen watching 120-130 degrees off-axis. As I've said I've yet to see a RPTV that didn't have some off-axis PQ degradation. This is less of a problem with DLPs, but I think they can have a waxy look and there are those rainbows. Has the 006 corrected the off-axis problem and if so to what extent?

UNIFORM BRIGHNESS: I've noticed this problem for years. It's still present in the 70" XBR LCD. The center of the display is brighter than other areas. With the new 70" LCD XBRs, the problem is much more subtle than it was in past when the hot spots (especially with CRT RPTV) were very evident. But the lack of uniform brightness is still noticeable...to me. [Again DLPs have less of a problem but they have other issues.] You know what I'm describing. Even if you're sitting in the center, you can move your head or slowly move your body horizontally and the brighness of the picture changes, although it is less of a problem with the newest sets. This is similar to the off-axis viewing issue, but since you can observe it while sitting in or near the center I put it in a different category. Has the 006 eliminated this problem?

WASHED OUT PICTURE IN BRIGHT LIGHT: My family room has many windows and it opens onto a kitchen which has even more windows. The couch is in front of a sliding glass door. My family room faces west and so the sun is a problem in the summer, until after 8:30. 2 years ago a plasma was my only real choice. LCD and CRT RPTV suffered too much PQ degradation in bright light. The current 70" XBR still has the problem. I saw that set with soft lighting at Magnolias and it looked very good. The Good Guys had the same set in the front of the store facing the front door and during the day the PQ suffers greatly. Has the 006 eliminated this problem?

REFLECTED IMAGE: The nature of RPTVs are that they involve a reflected image. Diirect view sets do not. I've never liked that that 'reflected' image look. For me at least, it detracts from the reality of the image. How does the 006 handle the reflected image? Is it as realistic as a direct view?

It may sound like I'm being picky but...as I said... we're talking about 16K+ for a TV + tax + stand. I know plasmas have their problems, but I already own one of those. I really suspect that the 006 will have some kind of deficiencies because we're not to the point where technology can produce a perfect 70" HD display. I don't think whatever deficiencies this display will eventually have will necessarily be a deal breaker. But I do want to know the nature of any deficiecies. Some people consider certain deficiencies to be a deal breaker, others don't even notice the *deficiencies*.

Thanks. I think answering these questions will help a lot of people.
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ColorTV - I'm not sure how to calculate the capacity I would need for a UPS.

Is it the sum of the watts each component + the 006 draws?

006 = 330 watts
AV receiver = 100 watts
HD TIVO = 40 watts
Comcast 6412 = don't know, assume 40 watts
DVD player = 40 watts


Total = 550 watts

So I would need a UPS that can provide at a very minimum at least 550 watts of power??
How much do the 1100va and 1250va provide?


According to APC for a load of 550 watts a 1500VA UPS would give you a runtime of 20 minutes at 56% of total load capacity...They recomend 1500VA at this wattage level.
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Great...makes me wonder. My surround is high power as well...I have to run the Meridian 568 into something good!

I assume the pure sine-wave bit did not matter?

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Based on my experience last night, the Belkin 1250VA might be a better choice. After the game I was demoing the 006 to my friends with some D-Theater 1080i source material. I inadvertently had my amp cranked up way too loud when the D-Theater logo came on which caused the amp to draw more current than the Belkin UPS was able to supply, causing a fast shutdown of the whole system when the Belkin tripped! Not exactly what I had in mind, since one of the bases I wanted to cover with the Belkin UPS was to let the lamp cool down gradually by the TV's internal fans in the event of a power failure. An embarrasing moment to be sure, but at least everyone's hearing was protected by the fast shutdown! All was well moments later when I restarted the Belkin UPS and no further problems even at fairly loud volume. I have all components plugged into the Monster 5100 power conditioner - the Monster is the only thing plugged into the Belkin UPS. The 1250VA would probably have been a better choice for the extra pittance - a cushion is a good thing.

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from: http://www.apcc.com/products/runtime...dedruntime.cfm

Runtime by load for: APC AV Power Conditioners with Battery
For 120V input voltage; runtime in minutes at various loads:
Model S10: 18 min @ 500W, 14 min @ 600W, 11 min @ 685W
Model S15: 18 min @ 500W, 14 min @ 600W, 11 min @ 700W, 8 min @ 800W, 7 min @ 900W

These models go on sale sometime this year and might be good choices, although they don't sound particularly cheap...

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OFF AXIS VIEWING: Top of the line plasmas produced superior PQ at more horizontal angles...up to 160 degrees. Also vertical off-axis viewing is always consistent with a plasma, but not RPTVs.

UNIFORM BRIGHTNESS: I've noticed this problem for years. It's still present in the 70" XBR LCD. The center of the display is brighter than other areas. Has the 006 eliminated this problem?

WASHED OUT PICTURE IN BRIGHT LIGHT: My family room has many windows and it opens onto a kitchen which has even more windows. The couch is in front of a sliding glass door. My family room faces west and so the sun is a problem in the summer, until after 8:30. 2 years ago a plasma was my only real choice. Has the 006 eliminated this problem?

REFLECTED IMAGE: The nature of RPTVs are that they involve a reflected image. Diirect view sets do not. I've never liked that that 'reflected' image look. For me at least, it detracts from the reality of the image.

It may sound like I'm being picky but...

DOBE,

I rather doubt your the pickiest person on this board; all in all this seems like a pretty critical group who are ready to accept whatever flaws this set may have.

Regarding your issues:

OFF-AXIS VIEWING is outstanding with the Qualia; far better than ANY RPTV I've ever seen. You'd have to be at a very extreme angle for this to be an issue.

UNIFORM BRIGHTNESS is outstanding on this set. I'm not sure how Sony did it, as this is something that's always annoyed me about RPTV. With the Q006 you get outstanding brightness that is creamy-smooth. Sorry to use peanut-butter metaphors, but other RPTVs look chunky by comparison. I am using the DVE tape tonight and will be interested to confirm these opinions carry over into test patterns...

WASHED-OUT PICTURE is the only area where you might have a problem, though it will be far less severe with the Q006 than with any other RPTV. If I were spending this kind of money (wait... I just did!) I might try and invest in some window coverings, or the new style of external "storm blinds" that are totally hidden until needed. Would either of these be an option?

REFLECTED IMAGE: I'm not certain what you're describing here; could you go into more detail? Suffice it to say, the Q006 sets new standards for realism; the only thing that might be better is a QUALIA004, Sony G90, or other world-class projector in an optimized front-projection setup (read: darkened room, dedicated home theater). I don't think you'll get any better "realism" from something that's so easily installed in the average living room

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Originally posted by nhey
ColorTV - I'm not sure how to calculate the capacity I would need for a UPS.

Is it the sum of the watts each component + the 006 draws?

006 = 330 watts
AV receiver = 100 watts
HD TIVO = 40 watts
Comcast 6412 = don't know, assume 40 watts
DVD player = 40 watts


Total = 550 watts

So I would need a UPS that can provide at a very minimum at least 550 watts of power??
How much do the 1100va and 1250va provide?

The power required is indeed the sum. The only reason it would not be the sum is if the power for each unit is peak power and you have enough units that it becomes valid to consider the average power for all components. That is not likely to be the case here.

I am not sure why to you need to plug anything but the Qualia into the UPS.
Indeed, you would know right away that the circuit the Qualia was plugged into failed because the picture would quit, but the fan and led would still be running.

Keep in mind that the UPS may also introduce harmonics into the line that may defeat some of the purpose of your power conditioner - except surge protection.

Loss of forced air cooling results in thermal soakback. This means that when the cooling air is removed the thermal energy from the lamp fixture spreads through areas of low thermal resistance possibly to structures/components that do not tolerate repeated heating and cooling cycles. The lamp itself is probably the hottest thing in the set even when the fan is on. I would be suprised (and I've been suprised before) to find significant damage to the Qualia from very infrequent loss of power but caution in this matter is personal preference. Imagine neighborhoods with power failure and hundreds of sets failing simultaneously - very bad design and business for Sony.

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Dilbert and brt3,

I have contacted Radtech and told them that I am interested in buying a large uncut amount of their optex fabric for use on my large screen tv. The person I talk to said that she will forward the request to upper management. I also told her that this can be a new venture for them to manufacture screen covers for large tvs', since they are not too many out there available and that maybe I can be their first test subject. This is a good sign since she didn't laugh at me and hung up.

brt3,
Those sites you provided are very interesting. If it doesn't pan out with Radtech, then maybe we'll go with those companies, though I prefer those luxurious optex fabrics.

Sounds good.

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One other thing about the Qualia 006; get ready to have an intense dislike for nearly everythiing else. I always thought of myself as an extremely critical viewer, but my standards are now even higher than before. This has resulted in my hardly being able to watch my other set, a well-calibrated 50" Sony XBR plasma. Though this set was bought mainly as a convenience for the other members of my family (very easy to use, and good for viewing photos on Memory Stick) I could tolerate (dare I say even enjoy?) watching it when the quality of the source material was high and reasonably lit. After watching my Qualia it is extremely difficult to watch the plasma, or any other sets for that matter. I really don't want to sound like a snob here, but this set WILL change your standards. I have been secretly scheming about going into debt, redesigning my living room, and installing another Qualia there (or one of the cheaper Sony SXRD models). Do I need to see a specialist, or is this simply another case of Qualia-itis?

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Tulsa....

Would you be willing to post the Serial number when Qualia takes it back and replaces your set as they should. Would hate for anyone to get a "recycled" set as new. Pretty sure they would not do that but with a big corporation and people under pressure to deliver sets....................... you never know.
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Monster and other power conditioners claim with "clean power" you get a sharper picture and better sounding audio as well. My question is has anyone noticed subjectively or objectively any difference with the highher end products such as the HTS 5100?

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Oh, OK. That must be the problem. I was looking for a picture and audio when the JVC was set to I-1 (the 006). I'll make a "blind" test recording. Thanks.

jb007,

Did it work? I am interested in getting the JVC but with D*tv is it a worthy investment? I was not really clear on the dialogue between you and colortv.

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Penton-Man,

Watched Lawrnence of Arabia over the wkend and wow!!!

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Penton-Man,

Watched Lawrnence of Arabia over the wkend and wow!!!

sj

It is QUITE the amazing motion picture.....esp. when viewed on the 006.
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Monster and other power conditioners claim with "clean power" you get a sharper picture and better sounding audio as well. My question is has anyone noticed subjectively or objectively any difference with the highher end products such as the HTS 5100?
sj

I think a lot of factors come into play here. The biggest two I can think of would be:

1.) The quality of the power in your "neighborhood". In my previous location I was out in the country. I had the two Monster Reference products (HTPS 7000 & HTS 5100) set up and they made a huge improvement in both sound and picture quality. The HTPS gives you a steady 120V output no matter what; it had to work incredibly hard as the meter showing the power input would fluctuate constantly (from about 112 to 126). My wife (then girlfriend) works for the local utility, and she was astonished by this variation. But, I was out in the country and probably as far from a substation as you could get. The Monster products were ideal at resolving this situation.

2.) The quality of the power supplies in your equipment. Most RPTVs skimp in this area, and when you get rapid changes between bright and dark scenes the power supply just can't keep up. These products really helped in this area; I could really notice a difference after adding them to my system.

BTW, the best products I've ever seen in this product area are by EquiTech. They make both "component" style products that stack with your other gear, as well as electrical mains or subpanel replacements that will supply balanced & regulated power to an entire room or an entire house. RGPC (Richard Gray Power Co) products get a lot of press, but they seem a bit more on the "tweaky" or magical side as far as their press and advertising, whereas the EquiTech products stress a more science-based approach (just my opinion; your mileage may vary)...

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Thanks, brt3, very good explanation!

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Thanks, brt3, very good explanation!

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Must be because I spent the first 20 years of my life in Knoxville...
BTW, how's Dollywood?

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Very nice reply brt3 and from what I've seen of the Qualia I agree.

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REFLECTED IMAGE: I'm not certain what you're describing here; could you go into more detail?

This is something that gets discussed off and on on the plasma forum and it's something like this:

Some people find that one of the things that attracted them to a plasma was a sort of inherent characteristic of the technology, as compared to something like a RPTV. That is, plasma, like a CRT direct-view set, is an "emissive" light source - the image being made of direct light. There is, to me, an intensity to the image that really seems to recreate the feeling of looking at real, direct light reflected off real, solid objects. That you are looking directly at the scene vs that scene being intermediated by, say, a projector and a screen.

RPTVs, for all they do so well, look like a projected (or rear-projected) image on a screen. Great for recreating the feeling of watching film, but for some of us a projected image never looks as palpable, intense and realistic as achieved by the emmissive light displays. Add to that the uneven screen illumination and subtle (and sometimes not subtle) "shiftiness" of the image with viewer movement, and it amounts to another artificial quality.

That is pretty much what he's getting at, I believe. (And, obviously, it's not like plasmas don't have liabilities of their own). I also note that not everyone sees things the same way. Of course there are people who have seen plenty of plasmas but who still prefer the performance of a projected or rear projected technology.

All that said, I was watching the Qualia yet again today and it is easily the best RPTV I've seen. It really minimizes to a great degree some of these complaints - very smooth illumination and off-axis viewing etc.
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Thanks -- and stay warm, eh?

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Did it work? I am interested in getting the JVC but with D*tv is it a worthy investment? I was not really clear on the dialogue between you and colortv.

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Haven't had a chance to try it yet. My understanding, from colortv, is that I should be able to record OTA HD, but not anything from DirecTV. However, I haven't tried it.
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Must be because I spent the first 20 years of my life in Knoxville...
BTW, how's Dollywood?

brt3,

Things have changed so much, brt3, I doubt you would even recognize it. Most of my family grew up in knoxville and surrounding areas. Dolly adds something new to Dollywood about every year. Great for the kids!

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Monster and other power conditioners claim with "clean power" you get a sharper picture and better sounding audio as well. My question is has anyone noticed subjectively or objectively any difference with the highher end products such as the HTS 5100?

sj

I can't say that I notice any difference in PQ or sonic quality with my combo of Belkin 1100VA UPS and Monster HTS 5100, although I'm told that I should notice and improvement. Either I'm not critical enough or the TV and a/v receiver were covering nicely for power line deficiences before I added the Belkin UPS and Monster power conditioner.

By the way, as a test tonight I pulled the plug on the UPS while watching the TV, curious to see what would happen. Other than a beep from the UPS, my setup continued to operate on UPS battery with no visible or audible changes for about 5 minutes until I plugged the UPS back into the wall before the battery was depleted. Since I didn't run the UPS battery all the way down, I'm not sure of the run time of my setup with all components running as they were tonight during my experiment.
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Haven't had a chance to try it yet. My understanding, from colortv, is that I should be able to record OTA HD, but not anything from DirecTV. However, I haven't tried it.

I have not been able to record to DVHS via iLink from an HDMI source input into the Qualia. So I don't think recording from DirecTV is possible. Most of my new HD DVHS library has come from iLink/Firewire connection to my Comcast DVR. One of the big benefits of the Comcast box to me, and after yesterday's IMAX marathon on InHD2, I suddenly have a very large collection of DVHS IMAX films in gorgeous 1080i. The images are the most stunning I've seen on my 006 so far. I'm also saving all the Super Bowl commercials and half time show. Funny that friends of mine who saw Sir Paul on SDTV didn't appreciate the half time show. But it sure was incredible on the Qualia 006. The old boy still sounds good and the show was quite spectacular. Guess it didn't play as well in SD, at least not to my friends who saw it.
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That is, plasma, like a CRT direct-view set, is an "emissive" light source - the image being made of direct light. There is, to me, an intensity to the image that really seems to recreate the feeling of looking at real, direct light reflected off real, solid objects. That you are looking directly at the scene vs that scene being intermediated by, say, a projector and a screen.

RPTVs, for all they do so well, look like a projected (or rear-projected) image on a screen. Great for recreating the feeling of watching film, but for some of us a projected image never looks as palpable, intense and realistic as achieved by the emmissive light displays...

All that said, I was watching the Qualia yet again today and it is easily the best RPTV I've seen. It really minimizes to a great degree some of these complaints - very smooth illumination and off-axis viewing etc.


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Sounds like a classic "video vs. film" debate, which seems to plague mankind. We have a "mixed" household here; my wife loves her PC, and I love my Macs. Somehow we all just get along...

Seriously, though, I understand there's a certain vibrant, lifelike quality to video that is lacking in film. To me a plasma screen has the immediacy of video, but I've alway's felt there was a greater realism with analog displays and film -- until the Qualia. Sony has it nailed, I think, as this set is bright, vibrant, and lifelike, all the while maintaining a smoothness that is analagous to film. And it's only going to get better from here on out! Anyone read that Qualia "white paper" insert in all the magazines, esp. the part about how Sony has the production yield aspect figured out and that this technology is fully scalable? Which means, over the next 6-18 months the price of SXRD (although in a Sony, not Qualia product) will likely be halved, and they can "cut" the SXRD chips to match whatever resolution they want to produce. Combine this with advances in video processor-on-a-chip techology (i.e., Realta) and the implications may be groundbreaking. Just as we've seen video production go from a $150,000 price of entry to $5-$10K with a high-end PC setup, we may be on the verge of true reference-quality imaging that is affordable for everyone, and easy to use and set up to boot.

I played around with DVE (the 1080i version) this evening and was really floored by what this set can do. The footage of the Space Shuttle is simply jaw-dropping. Especially the shot from the cargo bay, with the blue earth below and the inky blackness of space above (yikes; that sounds like Carl Sagan). This footage, and the footage towards the end of the video calibration sequence, is all exceptional.

I spent my time (which was all too brief) trying to set the perfect balance between the picture and brightness settings, as well as figuring out the effect of different settings on PQ. I'll mention my general findings here; please bear with me if I'm not specific enough as this was a quick "first draft" at getting the set dialed in.

First, the geometry on my set is very close to perfect. I'm not sure how big a Qualia pixel is (you just can't see the damn things!), but it must be within 5-10 pixels of being perfect. My image is shifted up and to the left ever so slightly; this is almost invisible even with test patterns. On some of the uniform fields you can tell that there is some light falloff in the corners, but I challenge anyone to see this on actual program content; it is very slight and only occurs on certain fields. My set seems to have some minor red fringing at the very top edge of the screen; with some of the set geometric grid patterns that use white lines along black fields, there is a white horizontal line that is essentially split by the top edge of the display area. It appears with a red fringe or shadow, but this is mostly a case of having the "wrong" type of image appearing in precisely the wrong spot; again, this is never visible on real world material. If I decide to fully calibrate the set I'll see if that's something we can deal with.

The detail on the set is extraordinary, but then we all knew that. What I found is that I was turning off some of the detail enhancement features, and ending up with a (apologies in advance) smoother or more film-like picture. The settings I ended up with are listed below. My deck is the JVC 40K, connected by CV to input 4. After setting according to the test signals -- twice -- I went back to the reference video on DVE and used that to make minor adjustments to some settings.

One other thing. Regarding earlier discussions about plasma vs. RPTV and my characterization of film vs. video: my gut is telling me that these DVHS settings are not going to translate over exactly to the HDMI inputs with my Comcast 6412. When I watch HD content on this box I notice a significant difference in optimum settings for well-done film content versus those required for good HD-video sources. The video simply has a more luminous and saturated quality to it that makes me want to turn down the picture and brightness a tad, and drop the color settings a bit to tone down the red, whereas the box-stock settings (with Pro mode enabled and the color temp set to "warm") look very good with top-quality film-sourced content.

For example, INHD2 was showing their movie trailers tonight and they looked simply fantastic (except for some Comcast compression artifacts that were subtle-but-evident with motion and quick pans). I was most impressed by the "Million Dollar Baby" trailer, especially since I'm really familiar with this film; having seen it twice over the past three weeks I have a very strong sense for what it should look like in a good theater. This is a film with beautifully done cinematography and lots of blacks and shadows, which are (often) punctuated by dramatic beams of light. This happens constantly in the film in dark gyms that are dramatically lit, with frequent dark shadows, and during in-car scenes. The fight scenes are very well lit, and color is used very effectively throughout the film. The lighting and cinematography work to empasize the battle between light and dark that occurs in the film itself.

First, the Q006 does blacks very well, although shadow detail is not perfect. The blacks are rich, however, and though by no means perfect you do not feel "cheated". There were just a few scenes where I felt like a was missing out on the last bit of detail lost in the shadows or darkness, but this felt like it happened infrequently and to a minor degree. I was much more impressed by what the set did right. Smooth depiction of microscopic detail, for example -- you can trace every wrinkle, line, and pore on Clint Eastwood's skin. Same with Morgan Freeman; his face is a great test for detail resolution in a display. Read that sentence again: "smooth resolution of microscopic detail". THAT is the core of this set, IMHO. You get all the detail a 1080P device can provide, but it gives it to you in a form that is without digital flaws or artifacts. It is brutally sharp yet smooth and very easy to look at. After seeing this trailer on the Qualia I knew I'd seen image quality superior to what I'd seen in the theater. For a fim buff that's saying something.

Sorry to ramble on. Let me relate the settings I ended up with on the DVHS input. This was really walking a very fine balance between the Picture and Brighness settings. What I ended up with after several rounds of setting and resetting was:

Settings/JVC 40K deck/CV to input 4
Picture mode: PRO
Picture: 55
Brightness: 29
Color: 30
Hue: 0
Sharpness: Minimum
Color Temp: Warm
Noise Reduction: OFF
Direct Mode: ON
Game Mode: OFF

ADVANCED MENU SETTINGS:
BN Smoother: OFF
Cinema Black Pro: ON
Color Space: Normal
Color Corrector: OFF
DTE: OFF
Clear White: ON
Detail Enhancer: OFF
Black Corrector: Low
Gamma Correction: OFF
White Balance: NO CHANGE

Afterwards I went back to the reference video material on DVE to confirm everything looked perfect, which it did to me. I then followed that up with the DVHS version of "Moulin Rouge" -- a great test for dark blacks, shadow detail, vibrant colors, and insane amounts of quickly cut frenetic dance scenes. This film looked wonderful, I thought (and I saw it in the theatical release as well). This film's signature color is a deep intense red; what a challenge for any display device, as the colors in this film are as vivid and richly saturated as any I've seen on film. The Qualia handled the film beautifully, with the coup de grace being the scene where Nicole Kidman is lowered from the darkness above into the crowd. The contrast between her pale skin and the darkness of the shadow behind her is striking on the Qualia, as is the perfect color and detail rendition of her skin.

That's about it for my viewing this evening. The more I fine-tune this set the more respect I develop for the Sony engineers, designers, and artists who conceived and built this set. I am convinced that the Qualia will be getting rave reviews from the top buff mags, but no matter what happens you'll have to pry miine out of my cold, lifeless hands to get my Qualia away from me.

Sorry for the length, but it's late and I'm less succinct at this hour. Hope this helps somebody out there, either with enjoying their Qualia more or making the decision to order a set!

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I have the distinct honor of being the first to respond to your last post.

WHAT A GREAT POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for taking the time to convey your impressions of the set.

I've been saying all along - the detail is amazing. Watching Matrix Revolutions on HBO-HD Saturday night, and seeing close-ups of Laurence Fishburne's complexion (no disrespect intended to a fine actor) - well...let's just say everything was sooooo clearly resolved it was kind of surprising the make-up artists didn't cover everything up...
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Was the last Qualia support person who spoke with by any chance Margaret French ?

Your close Penton
She has been very courteous and open. I think it is in my best interest
to give them a chance to resolve this problem. Until then I will have
a chance to learn more about the features of the TV. MotorMouth
was quite correct about the availability of the 006s. There are no units
left in the USA at this time. I hope this wounded TV will put me in line
for the next inbound. Hopefully soon.

I did find a great option in one of the menus for monitoring the signal
strength of the OTA antenna input. It shows several details about your
incoming signal and you can even leave this window up while you
change channels.

I am dying to have an 006 that can function properly. This is like having
a fancy new car with no keys.
It is watchable after being on for a couple of hours but the inputs
are still goofed up.

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Is the OTA option you mentioned in the service menu? No one has posted anything about the service menu as yet.
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