Originally Posted by Jim Hef
Since this was a demo panel, do you know for sure that it's set for Home and not Store? Your experiences with blur lead me to believe that you are just seeing the extra enhancements of torch mode that should be turned off. Look around your area for an ISF tech to do the calibration before having BestBuy's guys do it. There is a separate thread here for suggested names...do a search.
I understand, in principle, the distinction between home and store, but when you capitalize these words, it sounds like you are referring to some specific setting in the unit...is that what you mean, and if so, what setting is it...?
(Do you mean I should have someone else do a calibration INSTEAD of Best Buy, or do you really mean I should have BOTH do it....?)
It seemed that when I looked at the picture settings, it said something like "standard", with contrast at 40 and all the settings further down at midrange....I have indeed wondered about the "torch" issue, because the PQ is nice and bright in my undarkened viewing room...it has substantial amounts of windows on two sides of the room, though NO direct sunshine after 11AM, as the windows face north and east...
I have to confess that I looked again at the two recordings - one opera and one ballet - I'm beginning to wonder whether in fact the defects were already there (and not noticed on my smaller screen) and that they arise from our PBS station trying to run TWO SD channels in addition to the main (HD) station...in fact, when I made these 2 recordings (which I've retained on the unit's hard drive for a couple of years), they were running THREE SD broadcasts in addition to the HD...yuck!
I'm going to look more carefully at some more recent high-def recordings on digital VHS tapes, courtesy of my LG receiver/recorder, which can download high-def recordings from its hard-drive to d-vhs for archiving, then play them back when I want an evening of opera or whatever...I haven't hooked that unit up in the best way yet, because the LG doesn't have an hdmi output (being a vintage 2005 unit (it has DVI, but neither my receiver nor the Pioneer has that, of course)...so I've got it connected to the receiver with high-quality component cables, and let the receiver upconvert it and pass it to the 5020 via hdmi, whereas it would be better to have it passed to the Pioneer via component, and have the pioneer de-interlace the 1080i from the LG...but this requires, not just the extra cables going to the Pioneer, but a third level of complication for the switching of the receiver when I'm using the LG...but I guess I've got to bite the bullet, if I really want it right, and then put up with the more complicated setup of my multifunction remote (which has already reached a new level of complication with the addition of the receiver as an intermediary between my various units and the TV!)