Has anyone thought that the vertical banding on this set gets worse with age? Is that even possible? I'm not sure if it's in my head or what but when I bought the set (maybe about 6-8 months ago) I did notice some banding but it was light. However now I'm noticing it a lot more. I'm wondering if it's just me noticing it more or if it's actually getting worse over time. Thoughts?
Anyway as for the settings I dunno how you guys can all use 50+ brightness settings, that seems way too high to me (just my opinion). I have mine set to like 37 I think, and think I got to that with a Disney WOW disc so I can't see it being that far off or clipping black badly there. Maybe my set is a bit off I don't know. I'm also a bit iffy on the auto selection for black level (0-255 vs 16-235). I think if you change devices on the same input it keeps it on what it originally detected (for example switching from a cable box to PS3 or PC via a receiver), so I think for the auto setting to work you have to cycle video inputs whenever you change sources that have different black level outputs?
On the brightness setting I did notice on the scale there's a "gain up" point as I've found with other settings on other Sony sets (my friend's EX640 has this with the Picture/Contrast control). Somewhere between 40 and 50 (I think it's like 41 but can't remember) the brightness instead of gradually increasing jumps a huge amount, either going up or down. It's like if you go from 40 to 41 it jumps 10 points instead of just one (despite it only looking like one point on the set's scale). I stay below that point myself because above it, everything that should be black looks terribly grey to me and personally I really hate black looking grey like that.
Also unlike everyone else it seems, I actually use power saving (on low); also I use the light sensor lol. I don't care for a super bright backlight so I find using power saving on low works well (and, well, saves power). It would be much simpler if they just had a wider range of adjustment on the backlight setting though and just had a notification when you went below a certain level that you're now "power saving"...dunno why they place two essentially similar controls in completely different places. I actually find the sensor useful too because of differing room lighting. But I guess it's up to personal preference to a point. I don't think my TV is set all that differently from most people here but I do find those features useful anyway. I have the light sensor on, on my XBR8 and HX909 as well lol. I use the black corrector on low, ACE on low, and pretty much everything else off including MF. I only use MotionFlow on 3D as it actually changes the shutter rate on the glasses and I figure a higher rate on the glasses = less viewing fatigue. Oh and I also have Clear White on low with colour temp at Warm1 because I don't really like the yellowish effect on whites on warmer colour temps (can't even stand going to Warm2 despite it allegedly being more correct). I keep Clear White off though on the Graphics scene which I use for PC/Windows desktop, as I have the colour temp on Cool for that.
Edited by ES_Revenge - 10/25/13 at 5:25pm