I just bought the BDT220 and I'm really having a hard time with this thing. I was wondering if anyone else has had an LG BD390 player? When I watched a few quick scenes on bluray the BDT220 just didn't "do it" for me like the BD390 did. The thing that is strange is that I can't tell why.
I've compared the color, contrast, motion, etc. And I want to say that they are identical. Maybe it is a placebo type effect, but when I watch certain scenes they lack the "immersion" I had with the BD390. Let me list some scenes.
Casino Royale. The final chapter when the Jaguar pulls into the driveway and the driver gets out. This is the best scene that I've ever seen, period. Every time I watch it I swear my TV is a window looking outside at the car parked near the water. It is that good. It blows my mind. On the panasonic, it looks identical as far as I can "compare". Yet, when I watch it normally it just doesn't seem as 3D or "real". Still impressive, but not "amazing". I'm open to the possibility that this is a placebo effect, but then I tried a few digital animations.
Wall-E. The scene in chapter 5 right after Wall-E is about to go into his "house" and stops short when he sees the red light dot on the ground. When he turns around there are two scenes almost back to back where it shows his eyes staring at the light. The lenses look "real". Just incredible on the BD390. Again, on the BDT220 I can compare left and right, look at pixels and colors and everything, and it looks pretty much identical... I think. However, when I watch it "normally", it just doesn't strike me as being as "real".
Ratatouille. I skip to a few chapters, one of the first with the two rats roasting a mushroom (that sounds funny) on the roof of the house. Something about this seems smoother, but also more detailed on the BD390. But again, not positive. Then the first scene in the restaurant where the chef picks up the plate with whatever food it is - the orangish column thing sitting on the strands with little olive type things next to it. (haha I know my food huh?!) That orangish thing and the plate just strike me as "juicy" and "polished" on the BD390, but the BDT220 just seems not the same. Again later in the movie when the main character is chopping stuff and all the colorful veggies are laid out on the table. Everything is vivid and juicy on the BD390, something seems ever so slightly lacking on the BDT220.
So, here's the thing. I don't want to return this player if I am imaging the differences. Even if it IS less quality, it is one of the best I've ever seen. However, if I'm watching movies and don't get that true "wow" sensation that I did with the BD390, then I'd rather not keep it. Right now it "feels" like that will happen. But if I could somehow compare them easier I might feel better. If I had to pinpoint a difference I'd say the BDT220 is a hint grainier and the BD390 has a hint better color and contrast. But it is so hard to compare them when blurays take forever to load on both (for comparison anyhow). It just removes the ease of a closer, almost side-by-side comparison.
I even found that there was a dynamic contrast setting on the BD390 by default that isn't shown as "on", but only gets disabled if you set the options to "user" and all neutral or zero. Lowering this it seemed to bring the players closer to each other, but they still appear ever so slightly different in the ways I've described. If the BD390 is altering the image past reference quality that would help me live with the BDT220, however the dynamic contrast didn't seem to affect the "wow" sensation I get with blurays. It only made a very slight contrast difference and may have given more "pop", but even without it the image is almost identical and wows with quality.
I'd love some opinions and also can someone give a complete settings list for the BDT220 for "reference" quality.
Lastly, I have two HDMI inputs on my TV and could compare a lot better if I had two blurays that were the same. I've been considering re0buying a movie to do so, but I'd rather not spend $10-20 and end up returning the player anyway and being out that much more. :-P haha. Any testing ideas?