Originally Posted by chiribomb
Firmware upgrades allow for more menu functions or bugs to be repaired without having to take it to a shop. The most likely function is to allow the tv to recognize other devices that could be hooked up to it. I find this as a welcome function that can extend the life of a product. I see this as only a positive as long as the device is supported by the manufacturer in future years.
anyways, my TV was made in Sep 09 so it didn't need the firmware upgrade.
okay, so first i went ahead and adjusted the tv according to the quoted settings (on the first page) and i must say, all in all, it did improve but of course the picture was a bit too dark for my taste...but i'll leave it like that for a week or so just so i can 'break it in'...hopefully more 'recommended' settings will come out so i can try them.
i went ahead and loaded dark knight and a bugs life (both blu-ray) and WOW...now i'm MUCH more happy with my Sharp purchase! holy crap, i never thought the picture could be so much cleaner and crisp compared to my Sammy 50" plasma (720p). i had a huge smile when i saw the opening IMAX sequence in TDK. the picture quality was OUTSTANDING (especially being 12' away) shortly after i inserted A Bugs' Life and i couldn't have been more happy. colors, colors, colors and clarity is all i saw. i watched a few minutes and everything just jumped at me. beautiful...
to summarize: I CAN tell the difference from 1080p and 720p and i'm loving it! BUT i must say that the HD cable programming STILL looks better on my Sammy and I had them side to side for comparison and i wished the Sharp had the brightness/smoother picture like the Sammy was performing on ESPN HD...maybe after breaking in/further adjusting/tweaking i can get the Sharp to improve.
C/N: Sharp for Blu-ray is pretty much PERFECT. Sammy for HD Programming is pretty much perfect.
Guess this is the advantage of keeping both TVs'
here's some pictures i was snapping to show you my current setup (just moved in recently so i'm still trying to make up my mind wether i want to mount the Sammy 50")
*the 42" Sammy (720p) pictured is my brothers and we're thinking of putting it on one of our rooms since having 3 TVs in the living room is just silly*