Originally Posted by clark17
I'm thinking about upgrading from HD65 (still working referb unit with about 800hrs on the lamp). Can you please be more specific on "significant upgrade"?
I need to build a case for WAF :P.
I'm not as eloquent or specific as other reviewers, but I'll do my best.
My main gripe about the HD65 is how dull the image was, even after calibration. No "pop" in terms of contrast or black level; and that was on a screen in a dark room.
Yesterday, I used the 131 in a room with white walls, and the contrast and black levels already seemed better than what I remember about the HD 65. On the HD65, I could sometimes not tell the difference between black, navy blue and dark gray. I only watched one movie yesterday, (Get Smart) on blu-ray. There were several dark scenes and the concert scene where men were wearing black tuxes. They actually looked black, instead of charcoal gray. And in the final scene, Max was wearing a navy blue blazer, and I was able to see that.
I then did a quick test using my XBox360 because I remember being disappointed at the dullness of NCAA Football on the HD65. (I couldn't even finish one game.) I'm happy to report the image was much improved ... again better contrast and black level.
I don't want to mislead you by saying it is outstanding
black level or contrast, because I'm sure other models are better at it, but I'm just saying the 131 looks much better than the HD65.
One caution (which I think someone else mentioned) is that the image was very bright, even in eco mode. Honestly, after watching the movie then playing one game, I had some eye fatigue. That may have been due to the fact that there's lots of reflection in the room, or the fact that I haven't used a PJ in a year.
I'll know more about the brightness after I assemble and install my 110-inch screen into my "man cave" this weekend.