Originally posted by Valentino
I jumped on the ws550 wagon yesterday. will be getting my used 57ws550 on Friday. I decided on the ws550 after reading this message board...hope i wont be disappointed. LOL.
I got the floor model at circuit city for about $2K+free delivery. I also bought the performance warranty for 499.99. ?? Best Buy and sears both has the new one for >$2300. I know I can get it on the internet cheaper, but I'm more comfortable buying big items from B&M.
The new 57ws510 is $1849 (i think) at CC. But decided against it after reading the msg board.
Any inputs for a newbie?? TIA.
Congratulations on your new HDTV purchase, which I'm sure you'll love. Since you're 57WS550 already has a built-in ATSC tuner I suggest purchasing the Zenith Silver-Sensor antenna for local OTA HD channels in your area. It's very cheap and is the FCC reference standard OTA HD antenna. This we you can show off your HDTV capabilities and drool over PBS HD (yup I said PBS). It should cost you no more than $40, but can be obtained online for $15-$25. Even if you get cable w/ HD, this option is so cheap and easy it's worth it.
Next, after your TV's break-in period of about 100 hrs. calibrate it using the wonderful DVE dvd (about $20). You can calibrate it right now, but may need to re-calibrate after the break-in period as that's when your TV will be at its peak performance by then (more detail and brightness, well just a tad due to the phosphors basically getting used to everything). Remember to turn the contrast down to about 30% and adjust brightness accordingly to reduce burn-in potential (the DVD will go over this).
After that, you should do (actually do them asap) some service menu tweaks like decreasing red push, turning off svm, doing manual convergence, softening the picture, reducing overscan (if needed, but 5% is ok), etc. Do a search on the username Buji and WS550 to get his specific thread on tweaks for the WS550 series of Sony RPCRTs, very informative. There are other threads too (can't remember, just search), but this is a good start.
Good luck and enjoy, be careful though, this will turn into an addiction (I gotta stop fiddling w/ my TV and just enjoy, but it's so fun ;p )