Hi guys, I have a question for any owner of a HX92x set.
I found in a store a 55HX920 at a great price. Next to it, there was a 55HX850, so I could watch them both at the same time, running the same video feed. The guy in the store was very nice, and let me customize both sets, so i put them both on Cinema 1, with backlight set to 5 as the only custom option.
So, I had them both set the same way, and was looking for any differences. My mind was set on buying the HX920, but I just wanted to make sure that I was getting a good set. Well, the HX920 looked a bit tinted green compared to the HX850 (which had a bit too much violet, I think) - the water of the sea was turquoise on it instead of blue, but I thought this could be corrected when calibrating it.
However I've noticed two other things that I'm not sure they're fine, and I would like to ask you guys if you see this on your sets as well or not. First, when the menu is displayed, the band at the bottom with the icons is not a dark black bar, with icons on it, but it's a grayish bar, with icons on it. Second, and this was what really worried me, when I tried to display the pictures menu (the TV sets were network connected, and could show files in a folder over the network), which was a small list of some four files only, I've noticed a gray vertical band, running from the top to the bottom of the screen, close to the left margin of the screen. It was quite wide, and I immediately thought this must be what people call "banding" or "crease". There were parts of the background in that menu which were black, but that band was definitely not black. Looking at the same menu on the HX850, I did not notice anything of the kind. The HX850 had a uniform colored background, there were no lighter bands and darker parts in the background. But then, the HX850 did not show any part as completely black either, the screen had a very faint glow coming from all over its surface. So, I don't know which set was looking good and which was looking bad. Maybe the background is indeed not supposed to be a uniform black area, but has a light vertical band on the left, while the rest is dark, like on the HX920, and the HX850 is just unable to show such an image and its dynamic lighting shows a uniform faint background instead? Or is the background supposed to be completely flat, with no lighter and darker areas, like how it was looking on the HX850, and the HX920 is the one that has a banding issue?
When you guys go to the pictures menu, to show some files from a USB stick, or from the network, do you happen to see a lighter vertical (and somewhat wide) band on the left of the screen ? In other words, is that normal ?
That set is on my mind but I really don't want to buy it if it's got a defect.