Originally posted by RDaneel
Mike - I don't have a HLN yet, so these comments are made based on the expierences of others - but maybe it makes them less biased, as well.
The differences between HL-M- untweaked and tweaked were apparently huge. The HLNs have better out of the box performance, so there is less improvement to be had. That being said, there are some reports that SM adjustment can help with color temperature, clay faces/color banding, etc. I am a little wary because the claims come from an ISF guy and one of his clients that paid for an over the phone SM adjustment session (being totally digital, this actually is a good idea for this TV, as the same settings should get every one 95% there). I have no reason AT ALL to doubt the claims of Josh and his customer, and I am considering paying for that service, too. However, I just mean that a grain of salt is always necessary when you are talking about money and buyer's logic (self justification!). The other issue is that different video sources produce different results, so it is hard to get an unbiased idea of anyone's results.Good luck with your set!
As the aforementioned "one of his clients" let me be perfectly frank with you. For what Josh charged to do the over the phone calibration, I don't NEED to justify to myself, nor anyone else having spent the money on this calibration. There have been mulitple sets of eyes that viewed my set BEFORE I had this done, and those same eyes AFTER the calibration and they all came up with similar comments, "Hey dude... what did you change? This looks much better than it did last weekend"... or something to that effect.
Ok, so now to address the issue of "different components into different inputs". This is my understanding... take it for what it is worth (about two pesos). A DVI video source into the DVI input of the tv will be unchanged from the source to the tv. Any change to the actual image displayed on the screen will be the result of things within the tv ONLY. DVI is a DIGITAL transmission. There is no "decoding" of color material separation of Y from Cb and Cr. There is no analog to digital conversion. Basically with DVI, whatever is on the DVD, OTA, cable or satellite broadcast signal is what you get at the input of the tv. Assuming that the source material isn't hosed, if you calibrate your DVI input to as close to 6500K, then in theory, ANY DVI source plugged into that jack should look just about equal, variations in the source itself being the only differentiator.
This is a fairly DIFFERENT story from component, composite or S-Vid signals from a video source component. It suffers from all the things that DVI does NOT. i.e. decoding issues, Y Cb Cr separation issues, analog to digital conversion (and back to digital for display on the tv).
Anywho... didn't want you to get too skewed of a view from some of these other posts. Bottom line is, if you are happy with your set as is, AWESOME! Enjoy it. If you find yourself whining about this and that the way I did, see if you can do something about it. I chose to go down a path that had me pay money to someone who's job it is to make this set look good. The fact that my warranty remains in tact is cool. The fact that I didn't have to schedule time off work to have a guy come over to my house and charge me an arm and a leg to calibrate my tv to at least one source component that I plan on trashing as soon as a DVI DVD player comes out makes me happy too. Your mileage may vary. Let your eyes and your gut be your guide.
One last thing. The day this tv was shipped to my house, the delivery guy asked if he could stick around a minute and see me fire it up. I said "Sure", thinking that I could be a big man on the block with my new kick butt tv. I fired up my old DTC100, flipped on HD NET where a basketball game was being shown and went... "There ya go". I looked at the guy... he looked at the picture, he looked at me and said, "I don't mean to dis your tv. But, don't take this the wrong way, I mean, it looks good... but I don't think it looks as good as it should for what you paid for it. I guess HD isn't the hype that I hear about all the time after all." And with that, he left.
Color me a very deflated individual from that point until last night.
Just a little feedback...
Best of luck in whatever you decide. As long as you are happy, that's the key.
I figure someone will get on the ball and ColorFacts one of these suckers pretty soon. At that point you can figure out if you can live without tweaking your way to a possibly better picture than what you have.
Have a good weekend,