I just purchased the 80LE632 and installed it yesterday, after lurking here for a number of weeks. I only had an hour or so to play with it last night, but I had a number of questions and comments that I'd like you guys' input on.
For the record, I'm upgrading from a 47" 1080P "monitor" from Westinghouse, circa 2006. The TV is on a TV stand / hutch. I can provide a picture of my setup tonight or tomorrow.
So, in no particular order:
- This thing is huge. It's a bit overwhelming. We sit 12 feet away from the screen, and the picture itself is great -- we don't "see the pixels" -- but I mean, when the screen is off, you have a huuuuuuge shiny black rectangle on your wall. It feels kind of weird. It's actually weird enough that I'm debating downgrading to a 70". I'm going to use it for a week or so, but in the meantime -- any comments? I know people were saying "it shrinks quickly", but right now I'm having major buyer's remorse just based on the size of the thing.
- The only source I tried so far was my PS3, playing a bluray movie. First thing I noticed was the lip-sync issue that people were talking about. I found that in "movie" mode, even after turning everything off (noise correction, motion correction, film mode, auto contrast... everything that could be changed to "off"), and even in "dot to dot mode", I'm seeing lip-sync issues. Video is going from the source to the TV on HDMI, and audio is going from the source to my receiver on optical. Thing is, my receiver doesn't have a "delay" feature where I can sync the audio back up with a delay so that it's as laggy as the picture. Am I basically screwed? This isn't something I experienced with my previous screen. Do I have to use "game mode" for all my sources? Is there a sure-fire way to totally get rid of that video lag on this TV?
- I didn't change any of the color-related settings (didn't load any of you guys' calibration settings), but I did notice the reds are indeed pretty ridiculous. Have people had any luck correcting this red-ness without making the picture "too" perfect (ie, yellow whites, low back-light)? Could you point me towards a couple settings I could try? I know people were "coming out of the closet" saying they didn't really like properly-calibrated pictures, but that they had found a nice compromise between "no crazy reds" and "picture is still bright and awesome".
- When the source is on, but there is no picture (say, a bluray disk is loading, or between scenes in a movie), meaning when the backlight array is on but no pixels are lit, I'm seeing an oval-shaped cloud about two feet wide and one feet tall right in the center of the screen, and two triangular clouds in the bottom left and bottom right corners. They're faint, but they're there. I tried playing with the backlight, contrast and brightness settings real quick, and wasn't able to get rid of the clouding. Does the screen need to "warm up" for a few days? Is this normal, or do I have a bad screen?
- How the heck do you take a digital photograph of a LCD TV??
I took a quick picture last night, but it's blowing up the brightness on the screen. Any tips? Take my picture at noon on a sunny day? Some of you guys posted nice pictures...
- I noticed a green pixel on the screen when the picture is black. I have to be right next to the TV to see it, but it's there. I plan on connecting a laptop to the screen tonight and looking at black, white, red, green and blue solids to see if I can find any other ones. Is this a deal-breaker?
- I haven't connected my set-top box yet (HD PVR, on Rogers in Canada), but when I do (in HDMI), should I let the set-top box upscale everything to 1080i (as I did on my previous TV), or should I tell it to output the picture as-is, and let the TV upscale? Which device would typically give me the best results? Common sense tells me the TV would do a better job at it (it's got more recent hardware), but people seem to have mixed opinions about that.
- The PS3 has a setting that lets bluray movies output in 24P when they use a 24 frames per second format. I turned that on. Should I? Is it better for the TV to get its signal at 24P, or for the source to send it at 60P? Could it be the cause of that lip-sync issue I was having? (the movie I was playing was a 24P movie, being output by my PS3 in 24P).
- Instead of having my sources send audio to my receiver directly (the way they are setup today), should I have all my sources send audio to the TV on HDMI, and pass-through audio from my TV to the receiver using the optical out? The documentation was confusing, it made me feel like it would be outputting a stereo signal... is it really the case? PS: my receiver doesn't have HDMI inputs.
Lots of questions! Let me know if I could provide any more info. Again, I only played with the set for an hour (I was sleepy!), I definitely plan on giving it a proper go (TV, bluray, gaming) before making a decision. But in a nutshell, the outcome of my first hour playing with it was: "I've made a Huge Mistake: it's too big!", "I have a faulty set! Everyone on the set said their TV was perfect, mine's got clouding / a dead pixel!", and "I need to get a new receiver if I want to use this set, because it's slower at displaying the picture than my receiver is at playing the sounds!"... not a great feeling.