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post #241 of 2584
Folks;
The HX820 is simply a Great TV-Could not be more pleased-adjusted settings per many posts on the forum & just a Fabulous picture! Added the CT-150 & really works fine for me, living in a townhouse with folks on both sides. Wish all the Best-Jerry
post #242 of 2584
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Originally Posted by Aquayonex View Post

Oh, I've had the Take Classics since February and they are seriously awesome. They are sold in a 5.1 system, but if you call Energy directly you can purchase additional satellites for around $80/piece (which is what I did.)

Here is my list of great home theater movies to really wow your friends.

I Am Legend - Superb sound quality.

The Hurt Locker - The sound alone is explosive! No pun intended. But seriously, an awesome BD. If you want to see what your sound system is really worth, this is the movie for you.

Avatar - If you can get your hands on the 3D copy great, otherwise, the Bluray is amazing in and of itself.

Inception - Great movie, even better video/sound experience.

Lord of the Kings - Awesome. Enough said.

I've been thinking of renting Priest in 3D on Amazon Video. I may have to give it a shot.

Aqua: Thank you. These are great recommendations for sound test references--I've already own a few of these--however I don't have the Hurt Locker-- I did rent this movie some time ago and I completely forgot about the soundtrack--next on my list. Also if you plan to rent Priest and have access to the Vudu streaming app--give them a try over Amazon. While Amazon is an excellent service unlike the others, Vudo streams full 1080P ( DVX) and Dolby Digital + sound

Also, you gave me some ideas about where to place my new Sony Sub--since its wireless I think I'll move it around to the back of my room tomorrow-and give it a try
post #243 of 2584
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Originally Posted by leventcur View Post

Please post some pics!!! As my BOSE 321 experiment blew up with horrible sound results. That setup sucked big time!

Leventcur: Until I get a chance to get some pics of my own set up--take a look here:
http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/sto...ionalImage1%22
post #244 of 2584
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Originally Posted by Ned_Kelly View Post

Is there anyone who could give me some advise on this? thx

I got my TV replaced and the new set has the exact same issue. Bottom left corner is worse than the right. No amount of tweaking will get rid of it entirely. Don't really know what to do now. I can probably learn to live with it, but it's pretty disappointing. Next step might be to call Sony directly.
post #245 of 2584
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Originally Posted by hawaiianRobot View Post

I got my TV replaced and the new set has the exact same issue. Bottom left corner is worse than the right. No amount of tweaking will get rid of it entirely. Don't really know what to do now. I can probably learn to live with it, but it's pretty disappointing. Next step might be to call Sony directly.

Welcome to the world of edge lit LED....my set has it as well but only to a minor degree.
post #246 of 2584
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Originally Posted by Aquayonex View Post

i/p Conversion is set to quality because I have scene select set to "auto". Apparently its dependent on that... But like I said, I'd keep it on quality (vs. speed) anyway.

Thanks for sharing your settings, they are the best I have tried so far. I may tweak them a little once I have more viewing time under my belt.
post #247 of 2584
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Originally Posted by LBJ2 View Post

Aqua: Thank you. These are great recommendations for sound test references--I've already own a few of these--however I don't have the Hurt Locker-- I did rent this movie some time ago and I completely forgot about the soundtrack--next on my list. Also if you plan to rent Priest and have access to the Vudu streaming app--give them a try over Amazon. While Amazon is an excellent service unlike the others, Vudo streams full 1080P ( DVX) and Dolby Digital + sound

Also, you gave me some ideas about where to place my new Sony Sub--since its wireless I think I'll move it around to the back of my room tomorrow-and give it a try

Yea, I usually do Vudu for the HDX 1080p. I think the sound is better too. But for some reason, I thought Amazon had Priest in 3D (looked last night and I was wrong.) I typically rent from Vudu though.

As a side note, I called Netflix AGAIN last night to express my discontent with the fact they offer ZERO 3D movies through the mail or streaming. They gave me the same answer as always. There just aren't enough people asking for it so until there is demand they won't have any. I find that hard to believe, but again, I know they have a massive customer base.
post #248 of 2584
Got the TV 2weeks back. Amazing TV. Picture is simply great. I have one issue if you guys can help me. One of the reason I got this TV is the distant alert feature. It alerts when the kids are very close to TV. That feature is not working. I have already replaced the tv once. Let me know if there is any setting I am missing. I see distant alert is on in my tv, but just dont work.
post #249 of 2584
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Originally Posted by srip View Post

Got the TV 2weeks back. Amazing TV. Picture is simply great. I have one issue if you guys can help me. One of the reason I got this TV is the distant alert feature. It alerts when the kids are very close to TV. That feature is not working. I have already replaced the tv once. Let me know if there is any setting I am missing. I see distant alert is on in my tv, but just dont work.

same here. doesn't work. Have seen the message pop up once saying you are too close. but other than that one time it didn't work. i checked the camera and it definitely can detect the face, but probably not that good in calculating the distance
post #250 of 2584
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Originally Posted by srip View Post

Got the TV 2weeks back. Amazing TV. Picture is simply great. I have one issue if you guys can help me. One of the reason I got this TV is the distant alert feature. It alerts when the kids are very close to TV. That feature is not working. I have already replaced the tv once. Let me know if there is any setting I am missing. I see distant alert is on in my tv, but just dont work.

It only seems to work with small children. I tested it with my 5 year old niece when she was over last weekend... It would pop up the message when she was standing about 3 feet away from the TV. She had to stand there still for about 10 seconds before it alerted. Oddly, it didn't work with my 8 year old nephew...but I'm not sure he stood there long enough, or he's too tall (4.5 feet maybe) for it to consider him a small child. I tried standing and kneeling in front of it, and it ignored me. It also ignores my wife who is 4' 11". It worked every time with my neice though.
post #251 of 2584
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Originally Posted by chiefs_11 View Post

It only seems to work with small children. I tested it with my 5 year old niece when she was over last weekend... It would pop up the message when she was standing about 3 feet away from the TV. She had to stand there still for about 10 seconds before it alerted. Oddly, it didn't work with my 8 year old nephew...but I'm not sure he stood there long enough, or he's too tall (4.5 feet maybe) for it to consider him a small child. I tried standing and kneeling in front of it, and it ignored me. It also ignores my wife who is 4' 11". It worked every time with my neice though.

I think you are right. According to the iManual http://esupport.sony.com/docs/imanua...sor_uc_1a.html

"Distance Alert Identifies child viewers and ensures that a suitable viewing distance is maintained. If children approach within about 1 m of the screen, the picture turns off with a warning message and warning sound. "

There will be no sound if muting is on, or sound is set to output via an audio system.
This function is designed for children. On the menu screen for [Distance Alert], child viewers identified by the sensor are framed in yellow and adult viewers in white. Depending on certain conditions, such as the direction a viewer is facing, the function may not work properly.
The function works when children are less than about 1 m (3 ft.) from the screen. There may be cases in which the function works outside of the detection range.
The function may not work properly if a child runs towards the TV.
The volume and muting buttons can be used to control sound levels while the picture is turned off. By pressing any other button (except the power button), the picture can be momentarily displayed."
http://esupport.sony.com/docs/imanua...dalert_uc.html

I learn more about this TV every day!
post #252 of 2584
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Originally Posted by Aquayonex View Post

Yea, I usually do Vudu for the HDX 1080p. I think the sound is better too. But for some reason, I thought Amazon had Priest in 3D (looked last night and I was wrong.) I typically rent from Vudu though.

As a side note, I called Netflix AGAIN last night to express my discontent with the fact they offer ZERO 3D movies through the mail or streaming. They gave me the same answer as always. There just aren't enough people asking for it so until there is demand they won't have any. I find that hard to believe, but again, I know they have a massive customer base.

I was able to stream 3D from Vudo on the PS3 to the HX820 but not from the Vudu app my Sony BDP-S780 Blu-ray player ( last time I checked anyway). The S780 plays all the other Vudu formats just not Vudo 3D.

Oddly, the HX820 doesn't seem to include the Vudu video streaming app. At least on my TV.
post #253 of 2584
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Originally Posted by LBJ2 View Post

I was able to stream 3D from Vudo on the PS3 to the HX820 but not from the Vudu app my Sony BDP-S780 Blu-ray player ( last time I checked anyway). The S780 plays all the other Vudu formats just not Vudo 3D.

Oddly, the HX820 doesn't seem to include the Vudu video streaming app. At least on my TV.

Yea, I use it on my PS3. It's a little pricey for my taste, but it looks great. I just wish a new, HDX rental was more in the 3.99 range. 5.99 is too much in my opinion.
post #254 of 2584
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Originally Posted by Aquayonex View Post

Yea, I use it on my PS3. It's a little pricey for my taste, but it looks great. I just wish a new, HDX rental was more in the 3.99 range. 5.99 is too much in my opinion.

I agree--surprising that Walmart charges premium prices on their Vudu service--LOL However, their 1080P Dolby Digital+ is really a superior product.

Did you try out the Sony 3D Experience app on your TV? While only 3D clips, its still more free--3D content to play around with. Qriocity also has a free 3D section.
post #255 of 2584
lbj2, i tried to reply to your pm but it said you have your pm disabled.

anyway...this is how i upload pictures

go to imageshack.us upload the image there and specify the size to be 1024*768 or below. then copy the direct link it gives me. paste it here in this format:

[img ] url link of the pic [ /img]

without any spaces in between.
post #256 of 2584
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Originally Posted by LBJ2 View Post

I agree--surprising that Walmart charges premium prices on their Vudu service--LOL However, their 1080P Dolby Digital+ is really a superior product.

Did you try out the Sony 3D Experience app on your TV? While only 3D clips, its still more free--3D content to play around with. Qriocity also has a free 3D section.

I did try it. Pretty nice. I have also downloaded nearly every 3D trailer that has ever been on the PSN store.
post #257 of 2584
Here is my latest update. Oddly enough, I have done what I typically never do. I've moved it closer to the original out of box settings and turned on some of the features. I have included the 3D settings as well in parentheses. Since I made these common settings, they change back to 2D/3D automatically. I don't have to tweak these individually when watching 3D.

My sources are as follows, all with HDMI.

Xbox 360 S & Playstation 3 Slim ---> Onkyo-TX SR608 --> 55HX820

Custom

Backlight: 4 (Max for 3D.)
Picture: 90 (Max for 3D.)
Brightness: 50 (This may even go up a level or two.)
Color: 50
Hue: 0
Color Temperature: Warm 1 (Neutral for 3D, since the glasses already bring quite a bit of amber to the colors.)
Sharpness: 50
Noise Reduction: Off
MPEG: Off
Dot Noise: Off
Reality Creation: Auto (Really helps clear up a lot of picture. Off for 3D.)
Smooth Graduation: Low (Not sure what this does, still playing with it. Off for 3D.)
MotionFlow: Standard (Might switch to Clear. Clear Plus is too dark. Off for 3D.)
CineMotion: Auto 1 (I can't see a difference between Auto 1 and Auto 2, so I kept Auto 1 since it says "for standard use". Off for 3D.)

Black Corrector: Low
Adv. Contrast Enhancer: Low
Gamma: 0
LED Dynamic Control: Standard
Auto Light Limiter: Off
Clear White: Low
Live Color: Off

White Balance: (All 0's for 3D.)
R-Gain: -4
G-Gain: 0
B-Gain: -6
R-Bias 0
G-Bias 0
B-Boas 0


Detail Enhancer: Low
Edge Enhancer: Low
Skin Naturalizer: Off (Grey'd out because of my "Auto" scene selection)
i/p Conversion Preference: Quality (Grey'd out because of my "Auto" scene selection)

Scene Select: Auto
Ambient Sensor: Off
Wide Mode: Full
Auto Wide: On
4:3 Default: Off
Auto Display Area: Off
Display Area: Full Pixel
SBM: On
post #258 of 2584
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Originally Posted by isrararrafi View Post

lbj2, i tried to reply to your pm but it said you have your pm disabled.

anyway...this is how i upload pictures

go to imageshack.us upload the image there and specify the size to be 1024*768 or below. then copy the direct link it gives me. paste it here in this format:

[img ] url link of the pic [ /img]

without any spaces in between.

Thank you!
post #259 of 2584
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Thanks to isrararrafi for showing me how to post pics on this forum.

Here's my 55HX820 setup with the newest addition Sony Sound Bar The HT-CT550W. The Sub-woofer is wireless so I am still moving it around to see what works best.
post #260 of 2584
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Sony HT-CT550W Sound Bar menu integrates and displays nicely on the HX820


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Some "color" courtesy of Sony Eye Candy Down Loads
post #261 of 2584
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Originally Posted by Aquayonex View Post

Here is my latest update. Oddly enough, I have done what I typically never do. I've moved it closer to the original out of box settings and turned on some of the features. I have included the 3D settings as well in parentheses. Since I made these common settings, they change back to 2D/3D automatically. I don't have to tweak these individually when watching 3D.

My sources are as follows, all with HDMI.

Xbox 360 S & Playstation 3 Slim ---> Onkyo-TX SR608 --> 55HX820

Custom

Backlight: 4 (Max for 3D.)
Picture: 90 (Max for 3D.)
Brightness: 50 (This may even go up a level or two.)
Color: 50
Hue: 0
Color Temperature: Warm 1 (Neutral for 3D, since the glasses already bring quite a bit of amber to the colors.)
Sharpness: 50
Noise Reduction: Off
MPEG: Off
Dot Noise: Off
Reality Creation: Auto (Really helps clear up a lot of picture. Off for 3D.)
Smooth Graduation: Low (Not sure what this does, still playing with it. Off for 3D.)
MotionFlow: Standard (Might switch to Clear. Clear Plus is too dark. Off for 3D.)
CineMotion: Auto 1 (I can't see a difference between Auto 1 and Auto 2, so I kept Auto 1 since it says "for standard use". Off for 3D.)

Black Corrector: Low
Adv. Contrast Enhancer: Low
Gamma: 0
LED Dynamic Control: Standard
Auto Light Limiter: Off
Clear White: Low
Live Color: Off

White Balance: (All 0's for 3D.)
R-Gain: -4
G-Gain: 0
B-Gain: -6
R-Bias 0
G-Bias 0
B-Boas 0


Detail Enhancer: Low
Edge Enhancer: Low
Skin Naturalizer: Off (Grey'd out because of my "Auto" scene selection)
i/p Conversion Preference: Quality (Grey'd out because of my "Auto" scene selection)

Scene Select: Auto
Ambient Sensor: Off
Wide Mode: Full
Auto Wide: On
4:3 Default: Off
Auto Display Area: Off
Display Area: Full Pixel
SBM: On

Aqua: These are some pretty good settings. Thanks for doing all this work! ( I already gave up on the menu--my family couldn't take my fiddling-around anymore LOL)

I came to the same conclusion as you. While not perfect the HX820 out-of-the-box /Default settings are pretty good. I do have a few favorites that I keep set at my own preference namely: LED Dynamic Control: Standard, and Black Corrector: High.

Also, I found that I prefer the BackLight set a little higher than most between 6-8. I did notice though that if I turn down the backlight and increase the Gama to +2, I get a similar look.

Now I haven't had a chance to test this out on my 3D content--so your suggestions on this are also very helpful.
post #262 of 2584
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Originally Posted by LBJ2 View Post

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Sony HT-CT550W Sound Bar menu integrates and displays nicely on the HX820


[IMG] Uploaded with ImageShack.us[/IMG]

Some "color" courtesy of Sony Eye Candy Down Loads


Hi LBJ2
Great looking setup you've got there. Mind if I ask a few questions?
I see the soundbar sitting in front of the tv. Do you have it sitting on the pedestal stand base or in front of it. Also, did you have to raise the tv or not if not, does it interfere with the operation of the tv. I'm asking because I need to get something to better the sound coming from my nx720(the tv speakers are terrible). The 550 sounds like it will fit perfectly.

My final question is how do you connect everything so it will sync and is it easy.
post #263 of 2584
great set up there lbj2.

is that the 3d transmitter on top of the tv?? or is that the skype camera?
post #264 of 2584
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Originally Posted by isrararrafi View Post

great set up there lbj2.

is that the 3d transmitter on top of the tv?? or is that the skype camera?

I would say it's the skype camera. The hx820 has a built in 3d transmitter.
post #265 of 2584
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Originally Posted by Videoz View Post

Hi LBJ2
Great looking setup you've got there. Mind if I ask a few questions?
I see the soundbar sitting in front of the tv. Do you have it sitting on the pedestal stand base or in front of it. Also, did you have to raise the tv or not if not, does it interfere with the operation of the tv. I'm asking because I need to get something to better the sound coming from my nx720(the tv speakers are terrible). The 550 sounds like it will fit perfectly.

My final question is how do you connect everything so it will sync and is it easy.

Hello. The TV does sit low on the stand. I placed the sound bar on the base of the stand. But the sound bar if placed in the middle like I have it doesn't cover up the IR sensor or the 3D transmitter so the remote works fine.--it does however, cover up the presence and distance sensor/camera in the middle of the TV. If I had another TV cabinet for this TV I would have preferred to put the sound bar on a shelf below the TV. But works fine as is for me.

Easy set up ( in minutes). If you use high-speed 1.4 HDMI cables (1.4 supports ARC-- Audio Return Channel) and from the Receiver TV "Out" plug it into the ARC HDMI slot on the TV, everything integrates like magic. This is how I have it configured and I am able to sync Receiver, blu-ray and TV on with either the TV remote ( my preference) or to the Receiver remote.

Correction: The Sound Bar does cover up the 3D transmitter if it is placed on the TV stand--I just moved it forward on the cabinet a bit so now none of the sensors/transmitter are covered up and all work as intended.
post #266 of 2584
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Originally Posted by isrararrafi View Post

great set up there lbj2.

is that the 3d transmitter on top of the tv?? or is that the skype camera?

Thanks ! That's the Sony Skype Camera.
post #267 of 2584
Oh ok. I was wondering why you need a 3d transmitter with this tv. Makes sense now.

And that looks pretty good. I might get that one too. But my living room is a bit too big (30 ft by 20 ft) and i am concerned about its performance in a large room like that.
post #268 of 2584
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Originally Posted by isrararrafi View Post

Oh ok. I was wondering why you need a 3d transmitter with this tv. Makes sense now.

And that looks pretty good. I might get that one too. But my living room is a bit too big (30 ft by 20 ft) and i am concerned about its performance in a large room like that.

Good observation. I went through two other less expensive Microsoft HD cameras that were compatible with the Sony Skype app and they really struggled with the distance--about 14' from my TV to sofa and chairs. I settled on the more expensive Sony CMU-BR100 - Skype camera because it handled the distance better.
post #269 of 2584
how big is your room btw? I am wondering how that sound bar will perform in my room.
post #270 of 2584
You have a pretty big room for sure 20x30. Larger than the room I have this set up in( abt 15x14). For the price, this 3D sound bar is very good and if configured correctly produces plenty of volume, bass and "simulated" surround sound. A marked improvement over the HX820 built-in speakers. IMO affordable, quick & easy to set up, processes all the latest multichannel audio signals and integrates beautifully with the HX820. (However, I found mixed reviews on this sound bar on another avsforum and on Amazon--I can only wonder if some didn't set it up correctly, or they were expecting full 5.1 surround sound from a $350 sound bar.)

The next step up in the $500-$600 range is Sony's BDV-E780W Home theater system. Comes with a 780 blu-ray player and wireless back speakers. This is a true 5.1 surround sound system. If I didn't already have a blu-ray player I might have gone with this system as it produced some Big Booming sound when I listened to it in the store. The wireless back speakers are very appealing to me as well.

Of course there are other fantastic component true 5.1 and 7.1 systems out there that will easily fill a big room like yours. Some a little more money and others a lot more money. I guess it just depends on what you are looking for. I am sure others in this forum have some recommendations in this area as well.

I ended up purchasing my sound bar from an on-line store that allows for free shipping and returns--just in case it didn't work out for me :-)
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