Originally Posted by RandyWalters
What "mounting screws" are you talking about? If you're talking about wall mounting
screws, then they are never included with the TV - all you get is four plastic covers snapped into the wall mounting holes on the rear panel. Wall mounting screws are always supplied with whatever wall mount you buy.
The only screws that come with the TV are the ones for assembling the stand and attaching it to the TV.
Yes, I'm referring to the stand screws. Sorry for the confusion. Anyways, the service menu says the unit has 35 hours of runtime, so that's further evidence it's an open box unit.
I've actually run the TV for the last few hours testing out some material, taking some measurements and checking for issues.
The unit has the standard vertical band on the right hand side of the screen (many owners seem to report this band). There is no other vertical banding. Also, the buzzing is no more or less than my TC-P58S1, which I consider minor-moderate from my 11' sitting distance. 95% of the time it's inaudible. Only during bright scenes in a quiet room is it noticeably audible.
Measurements are good right out of the box. In Cinema Mode I'm getting a near perfect 2.3 (2.27 average) gamma from 10% to 90%. This is right where I like it in a dark room with bias lighting. Grayscale is good overall with less than 10 dE from 40% to 80%. Measurements were taken in HCFR with an i1 LT and large APL HCFR test patterns on the AVS 709 calibration disc. I have no contrast measurement; 0% IRE is too low for my meter to take a reading.
Some glaring problems, however: this TV has some serious processing issues and bugs and I'm surprised people haven't talked about them more (maybe they're discussed more in the GT/VT threads, I've only looked at the UT/ST threads). The scaling is pretty bad. Without getting into test pattern discussion, 720p material is noticeably better on my TC-P58S1, an almost four year old unit. As far as I can tell, there is also undefeatable edge enhancement where I don't notice it on the S1 if it is there. Desktop performance from my laptop is better on the S1. The UT is also very noisy in dark areas, especially in near-blacks. I'm getting a lot more sparkles in dark material compared to the S1. I can actually see this effect in certain material from my 11' sitting position.Edited by Yukon Trooper - 1/3/13 at 4:11pm