Originally Posted by bcms6
Hi all, I just joined the E601i "brotherhood" yesterday. Costco is clearing these TVs out at $759 in stores and online, although online seems to be sold out. You also get a full 5 years of protection at only $60... amazing.
My first impressions are very good. In fact, the TV highlights flaws in my other electronics... my 720p Apple TV now looks a bit soft, my cheap blu-ray player is a bit noisy. So now I'm eying the Oppo 103D... Hmmm. I spent a few hours playing with different picture adjustments. I found the CNET settings to make the overall picture look brownish, so I switched to cool mode and adjusted from there. Now I have very crisp, bright whites. The THX tuning app helped dial everything in a bit, but it's still not perfect. I'll try some of the settings other users here recommend, and I'm sure I will get a good picture. One reason I selected this TV was the matte screen, which does a decent job at minimizing reflections, especially compared to my plasma!
I watched some dark movies to check out the black levels. The black level performance isn't perfect, but is better than what I was expecting after reading the reviews of this set. In both Tron Legacy and Batman blu rays I found there was sufficient detail in dark areas and backgrounds.
A couple things I have not found a solution to yet:
The quality of Netflix through the TV app is terrible, even for "super HD" content. Will a firmware update fix this?
Contrast for whites seems to be a weak point. the whites are blown out, and on the THX calibration app, there is a picture of a white dish in front of a white background. I have not been able to get enough contrast between the two yet. Is this a screen limitation, or do I just need to work with the settings more? I've played with contrast and brightness quite a bit, with no success.
I encountered lip sync issue. ADjustment on the TV helped a bit, next I will work on adjusting the AVR
There is some non uniformity and flashlighting that I see when the screen is projecting all black, like when a blu ray is loading, but I don't notice it at all when content is displayed, so it doesn't bother me.
Aside from hiring a professional, what are the best recommendations for calibration? The THX app was free, but only does so much... I see the Disney WOW disk mentioned, is it recommended?