Hello members of this forum! Thank you for all the posts I have been reading the last couple of months. Helped me to pull the trigger on a complete A/V technology refresh, with the centerpiece being a 141FD.
Finally time to share some initial impressions...
Sure has been a lot written on this topic, so I listened for it on day 1 after popping in the break-in disc. Followed D Nice's settings (including Sillysally's recommendation for lowering contrast). Thank you guys!
Yup, there is a buzz. If I stand in front of a white screen with no audio, it is there up to about 15 feet away. But the interesting thing to me is not the loudness, but the directionality. It is truly a sound beam that emanates from the center of the screen. Cannot here it all off axis. Cannot hear it whenever sound comes on. And because the set is higher on the wall (40" to the bottom), the sound beam goes over my head when sitting or laying down on the couch. So for me, buzz is not an issue.
2. Initial screen quality
Pixel perfect (thank goodness). On day 1 there was blotching and banding. By the end of day 7 of break-in, all that remained were perfectly smooth color fields. Proved to me that the 150 hours is worth the effort. Thanks to all of you for strongly recommending!
3. First viewing
Wall*e -- at night in Optimum mode with the light sensor on. Made my socks roll up and down. Wow.
Last set was purchased in early 2004 -- Panasonic TH-50X50U. Nice while it lasted, but this is obviously a huge leap forward in technology.
4. First ControlCal session
Downloaded the software to my netbook and ordered the USB adapter and cable from Turbe. Stole Sillysally's ISF Night settings for his Panasonic BD55 (I have an older BD30). Worked like a charm! Easy to use, very clear instructions. My only question to Turbe was why the setting for Screen Size wouldn't save, and he explained that it was a read-only field manipulated through the remote control (duh - should have been able to figure that out on my own).
First viewing of the ISF Night settings was The Bourne Identity. Blew my socks right off my feet. Perfect natural color. Incredible detail. Made an old favorite seem new again. Wow.
Thank you Turbe for developing ControlCal! ISF settings seem like a lot easier to use than the user level settings. And a big THANK YOU to Sillysally for sharing his settings. Someday, I would like to learn how to do my own calibrations, but first.....
Can anyone point me to a ControlCal/141FD experienced calibrator who lives in or visits Minneapolis? (Yes, I know it is cold, that is why I waited till February to ask....
That's all for now. Thank you Vancouver for taking the lead and starting this forum. Am really glad to be able to join this very privileged group of Pioneer 141FD owners!