Originally Posted by DavidHir
My 65ST30 has very similar bars or bands, as well. It seems to have almost the exact bars as your display especially on the far right and left hand sides of the screen. A few other members have mentioned this, as well. It also appears your display has some pink blotching on the sides? This is also true with my 65ST30 and it was worse on the 65VT30 I returned.
Thank-you for the feedback David.
Can't help but wonder....
Just how common is this ? What is normal?
Do all sets have the blotching and banding? Are some sets really good and others not so good?
Are some sets free of the issue?
If they all have it to some degree, does the severity vary alot from one set to another?
My display does have pink blotching on the sides, particularly on the right hand side of the screen. I just called it pink tinting.
The pictures I took were with D-nice settings for the "break-in" slides. I never thought to try his settings for viewing after the break-in when I took the picture, apart from using low panel brightness, which just makes it more noticeable. This setting is for use after the break-in. As I mentioned, when I plugged in my Sony S550 and used the D-nice post burn-in settings, the issues were less noticeable. I didn't use the settings for the slides when viewing content, he tells you not to do that.
It is possible that using mid panel brightness and the HDMI = PHOTO setting that some folks on here are toying with (and/or other tweaks to taste) may reduce the issues, but only if mid panel brightness doesn't screw up gamma, grey-scale and the darkest black level vs the low panel brightness setting.
Generally, this set looks fairly good and the black level is decent. The only other set I've had in this room was a Toshiba 46" LCD. To tell the truth, I am surprised at how comparable the performance is, but that's another story. I prefer the ST30.
I thought with a November build I was clear of the bigger issue of Fluctuating Brightness, even if there was a fix for it. I am getting sick of paying lot's of money for displays with significant imperfections. Buying widescreen TV's and projectors are stressful experiences. Firing up a flatscreen or projector for the first time almost makes me twitch....lol...It's always nice to know that the buying public is the QC and beta testers for the manufacturers these days. Too bad most average viewers don't know better and don't complain more, or the sets would have better QC overall.
As it stands, it is not ideal and I would prefer it was better. If I was forced to live with it for some reason, it isn't the end of world from what I've seen with the few things I quickly viewed, but, I'd like to know whether what I have is average or below average. An SD card of slides and a trip to some stores will give me some experience with that I hope. As of Sunday I will be done the 100 hour burn-in. I have 10 days to return it if I don't like it.
Has anybody had significant issues at first but found they have been reduced enough to satisfy them after viewing so many hours?
If so, what issues did you have, and how many hours did it take for things to get to improve enough that you are happy?
So David, where are you now in the process?
Did you run the break-in slides and then use D-nice settings?
Do you still have your 65ST30 and if so, how many hours are on it and how does it look now?