34XBR910 out-of-the-box review.
I have been watching the screen very critically in the past 5 hours. Service menu is untouched.
Setup: Hughes E86 feeding 1080i DirecTV-compressed HD signals (HDNet, Discovery HD, ...) to the TV through the component video cable that came with the E86.
A little flimsy. Easy to damage. However, the top and side can be separated from the base, allowing the TV to be removed from the box easily.
Pictures posted here. More to post later. Pardon my cheap digital camera:http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/nic...src=ph&.view=t
Picture Brightness (white intensity):
Default mode is vivid, which looks very bright in my living room at night. White is bright white. There are 1 60W incandescent lamp, and one 15W fluorescent lamp at the 4 and 8 O'clock positions, 7ft away from the TV screen.
Most people would prefer to keep the display at "Vivid". I changed mine to "Standard" because I typically like darker picture, where white is a shade towards the gray side. "Movie" and "Pro" modes are just too dark for me.
Black is pure black out of the box.
It's really fine. At my viewing distance of 5ft, the screen looks like a living photograph. No grid lines whatsoever. The 510 and all other CRTs of similar size, on the other hand, failed this test at the CC store miserably. The "pixels" almost disappear as close as 3ft with 20/20 vision. You really have to look very hard to see them. At 5ft, "pixels" are definitely not visible.
Very well out of the box. I called up the various menu displays of the E86, and used them to check the geometry. After some measurements using a ruler and a square, I detected some very minor vertical, as well as horizontal linearity problem. For example, if you have equally-spaced vertical lines, or equally-spaced horizontal lines, the spacing will not be exactly the same at some part of the screen compares to most others. Letter-box lines look completely straight and horizontal, verified by a ruler. Geometry problem can be easily fix by tweaking the service menu.
There is evidence of slight overscan. Problem can be easily fix by tweaking the service menu.
White screen saturation:
Phosphor trails in dark scenes:
Rolling vertical bars in dark scenes:
Reflection is still visible, and has a purple tint to it due to the special coating. However, it is less prominent.
Picture blowing during bright scenes:
None observed. This set has a good power supply.
Very faint, but visible in bright, neutral color picture. You have to look extremely hard for them. I repeat: extremely hard. They are at about 25% from the top, and 25% from the bottom. In normal viewing, they are not visible no matter how hard I look.
I am extremely pleased with this TV. It's 4AM and I can't pull myself away from it.
More later. Next step is to review this set during the day, with the bright sun striking it. Then I'll comment on its OTA HD picture quality. In a few weeks, I'll review again after I calibrate it with Digital VE disc.