I have to say that I am amazingly happy with my TV3. I posted pics of my install, which I assume you all remember as I was the first on the forum to receive my PJ. The install, done by a local company, is so seamless that folks often don't even notice that there's a PJ until the screen comes down.
A few things that I'm really loving:
- For $98 on newegg, I picked up an Asus GeForce FX5200 with DVI output. Using Windows XP Media Center Edition with the nvDVD codec, there is a noticeable improvement over my progressive scan DVD player. Windows Media 9 HD (e.g., "The Hire" from BMW Films on the "Do Amazing Things DVD) is purely stunning
I can't say this enough. I highly recommend that folks take advantage of those two DVI inputs.
- I have found that even in mixed light situations, the TV3 + Firehawk combination works very well for all but the darkest content.
A few issues I have:
- I can't resize the image for the DVI inputs. I think I need to move my PJ slightly closer and resize all of the other inputs to compensate for the 1/2" border overlap that I have because it was installed before I had a DVI input.
- The IR input is a little flaky. (Could be my universal remote--has anybody else had this problem with the remote that shipped with the TV3?) I find this especially challenging when tuning the color, contrast, etc. because I have to continually look back at the on screen display to see if the right arrow I hit actually changed the value or it was just lost. This is surprising since there are 2
- I have been stymied in my attempt to get OTA HDTV. I am on my second antenna specialist and I'm hoping for the best. My 92" screen really makes me see how much compression Dish Network uses on the Seattle locals. It's pretty darn bad on my 36" TV... so even the Dwin scaler can't fix this.
One funny note: I received my "secret George Lucas blue decoder glasses" from www.thx.com
so I can tune my color/tint settings with the THX optimizer on the Star Wars I DVD. Haven't tried them out, but I'd be interested in comparing this silly method with others' settings using more professional methods like Colorfacts and Avia.