Hi everyone, long time reader, first time poster. Been debating jumping into HDTV since May when I got an Xbox 360. Some letterboxed games with small fonts will do that.
I spent a lot of time here reading about various sets, first settling on LCD, then a cheaper plasma, before finally deciding I wanted a DLP. I was at first going to get the Mitsubishi WD-60735 from my local CC in Reno, but instead decided on the HL56A650, because when looking at the two side by side, there was a huge gap in PQ between the two sets. Even after spending an hour freaking out the store employees playing in menus
, I couldn't get the Mits to a point where I felt good about it being the set I would buy. I ended up getting the set last Friday for $1250 plus tax from that CC ($1500 minus an instant $150 plus a $100 coupon for ordering online). Here is what I have running to it:
Xbox 360 Elite (HDMI connected, optical out to A/V Receiver)
Playstation 3 80GB (MGS4 bundle, hid one away at local BB the night before and it was still where I left it the next day
)(HDMI to TV, optical to receiver)
Charter HD Digital Cable (HDMI to TV, coax digital audio to receiver)
Yamaha HTR-6130 A/V Receiver (HDMI but passthrough only
My experience:Standard Definition:
so far I am really impressed with the quality of the set on SD content. It could be the cable box, as a press of the info button on any SD content still states 1920x1080i/60, but the quality is great, and since this is still where the majority of my TV watching is, I am happy with it. The picture looks great, not enough color or sharpness to convince anyone it's HD, but close. HD Cable:
this floored me. The store demo of Olympic boxing looked okay, but not incredible. The same thing at home, however, was easily much more impressive. Movies on Starz HD (watched SuperBad and Reign on Me) were incredible - easily better than a theater IMO.Xbox 360:
games look great on this set! I didn't have to calibrate either Rock Band or Guitar Hero III to handle input lag, as the games were perfectly synced without the calibration. Soul Calibur IV is easily the most impressive game I've played on it yet, the colors are rich and saturated and the details are great. The only negative I would note is the way the 360 Dashboard looks. MS stores and renders it as static 2D graphics at 720p, so the internal scaling process in the 360 makes it look a little blocky, with pixilation in the fonts used. On my couch about 11ft away it's nearly unnoticable, but still slightly annoying.PS3:
the games all look really good on this set. Everything is sharp and clear, with no jaggedness. The internet browser can be hard to use at normal seated distance, since the fonts fit like a PC browser, but a quick click to zoom in and that problem is gone. MGS4 is the only full PS3 game I own, and it looks great. The set does reveal some of the low-resolution textures used though. PS3 Bluray playback:
the best high-def I've watched so far on the set. I enabled Super-white and 1080p/24 in the PS3 menus and the set ran with both. I watched the Simpsons Movie on it and was blown away at how great the experience was. The playback was smooth and judder free (more the responsibility of the PS3) and the colors popped. This was the experience that finally got my girlfriend to stop thinking I was crazy for the money put into the equipment.
I plan on hooking up a PC to the VGA port soon and trying that as well. I'll also post some pictures of my setup here to compare.
Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this purchase. The TV has made all of my gaming that much more enjoyable, and given new life to many of my favorite TV shows. I just recently got I Am Legend and 300 on Bluray from Netflix and will be watching those within the next 2 days. I'll try and get some action shots to show off.