Spent the better part of the afternoon fiddling around in the service menu on this HDTV. I've had it for about 2 weeks and I'm contemplating returning it to BB if I can't figure out HOW to get the overscan set properly among some other issues. I calibrated the overscan on the AV4 input (where my Progressive scan DVD is hooked up) via the test pattern on the new DVE and the overscan seems more appropriate through this input from my DVR (SD MODE) on this input than it does on the other HD input.
But on AV1 where I have my D* E86 STB hooked up (all of my HDTV'S have E86's) I am able to get the "HDNET" bug to now fit on the screen whereas before I had "HDNE" in the bottom right. I was also able to get the set to where I was content with the scoreboard in the upper LH corner for the hockey game replay on HDNET as well. Previously (on both HD inputs---I tried both) the scoreboard was cut off....as was a few other graphics on HDNET/DISC HD...but never ESPNHD that I could tell). But there are a few other troubling issues/concerns I have.
For some reason, in 1080i mode, the screen seems to "move" (or throb) when there is a change in the contrast/brightness of a scene....or a camer angle change. It's most noticeable when I stare at a logo in the bottom RH corner of the screen...most noticeably on HDNET/DISCOVERY HD....because it seems on those channels the logos on RIGHT ON THE EDGE. Don't see this noticeable with ESPN-HD or any of my local HD channels. Or maybe it's just that I "notice" it now. For example, while watching HDNET just now the "Heart" concert had a lot of flashing lights......and quite often "HDNET" would become "HDNE"....and then go back to "HDNET". I've turned down the brightness on the set...to I think around 40. It was even more noticeable on camera angle/shot changes on Discovery HD. I'm not sure if "move" is a good way to describe it.....but to my eyes it seemed that the images weren't stationary. I have NEVER NOTICED THIS on my other 2 HDTV's (50" RPTV Toshiba and 17" LCD Philips). I'm wondering if this is something other Direct View HDTV owners experience???
When I compare the overscan to the picture on the 17" LCD Philips, it seems that the 17" LCD "reveals" or shows a good percentage more additional "picture" than the 30" Philips can. But, when I went into the service menu on the 30", I COULD NOT get the EW width setting to mirror what I was seeing on the 17" LCD. The accessible picture would just "end" on the sides, where the 17" was still showing what the actual scene was "beyond" the field of vision of the 30" view. To my eyes, it almost looked like the 30" was "zooming in" whereas the 17" and my 50" had a "real" 16:9 picture. Damn strange. What could cause this? I know the 30pw850H "locks" when it receives a 1080I signal. The non-HD channels seem fine as far as the overscan goes. No issues there. I *think* I understand overscanning a little and can comprehend *some* of the geometry settings and what part of a picture a set can "hide"........but this 30" didn't even seem to HAVE the ability to "see" what my 17" LCD could......or the 50" for that matter. It was just black lines on the sides whereas my other 2 sets had additional "imagery" on either side. Not sure if that makes sense, but it's the only way I can describe it.
Also---there seems to be NO WAY to adjust the sharpness on either CVI/HD input....but it "exists" on the various picture settings that are "stanrdard" on the TV. Would this be somewhere in the service menu? I reviewed and printed out all the service menu listings that I could from this forum.......and a few from some other forums.......but I didn't see a way to adjust sharpness from within the SM. Same thing goes for SVM.
The picture itself on this set seems "washed out" when compared to my other 2 HD sets "out of the box". The other 2 sets I tweaked by sight and trial and error. This one seems a bit more trickier than I expected. Today WABC_DT was broadcasting their demo video on one of the digital subchannels. I was amazed at how much more I could "see" on the 17" and the 50"......that I FOR THE LIFE OF ME COULD NOT reveal/see on the 30"!
I was in the SAM (Service Menu) while I was tweaking the signal on AV1/4 so I was able to keep the test patterns up on the digital subchannel....but I COULD NOT find any way to "get" the actual images on the 30" to even semi-look like the 17" or the 50"as far as what "fit" on the screen.
What am I missing? Has anyone else with this TV had issues with HDNET or Discovery HD with regards to the bugs on the bottom right?
Also---does it take anyone else's TV a good 10-12 seconds to display a picture/sound after you turn on the set? My wife and I laugh about it....it's like turning on an old fluroscent light fixture.........
I also turned on the Virtual Dolby Digital while I was in there. Pretty cool. I'm rambling at this point. I think I'm punch drunk. Anyone care to point this dope in the right direction?