52HX909 owner here.
I am very dissatisfied with the user interface of this TV. Here is a list of my gripes :
- When using one input as an audio-only input, the TV can't be put in Eco mode (backlight off) and it keeps displaying an annoying "No signal" warning. The reason I need this is because I use the TV as a media hub and when I plug an iPod into it, I want the sound to be sent to the Bose speakers that I plugged into the TV, which works, but I also want the display to shut down. I know there is no video signal on that connector and I don't care. Why does the TV's software finds it useful to keep telling me all the time? Talk about ergonomics...
- Netflix : tired of waiting (I'm in Canada). The code is in there, just disabled for us canadians, what could possibly take them so long.
- Local dimming : I do not like how there is some kind of smoothing on the frequency of LED dimming. For example, when I connect a computer and move the mouse over a black background, I can see a delay between when the cursor is within a specific region and when that region's LEDs are finally turned up. Also, this is not simply a delay, it is also some kind of smoothing on the brightness change. I'd like to be able to specify the amount of smoothness added to that algorithm because I believe it reduces the quality of some movies where there is a very fast scene showing bright / dark areas that keep moving. Also, this can be clearly seen when watching credits and I find it hard to swallow for a TV at this price tag. Everybody that sees it says "wow, what's that???"
- The Album Art sliding effect when playing music through Slackers has a visual bug each time an album changes direction after hitting the edge of the screen. This is minor but still annoys me.
Anyways, as a software programmer, I am very interested in disassembling the firmware of this TV to tweak around and fix a few things I don't like. I was wondering if anyone here had the chance to have a look at the innards of this set. What kind of processor does it have? What kind of flash memory? I am already looking at the firmware file and trying to figure out what kind of packing solution they chose, but knowledge of the actual chips running that binary would be very helpful.
Thanks for reading.
Oh and I love the TV, just so you don't think this is a bad review or anything - I am just making a point of how some things in the firmware are just not what I'd call great code quality.