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post #61 of 4081
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Originally posted by Jon7athan
Not to be a nitpicker, but page 46 of the XS955 model states that 'this TV displays all format types of picture in a resolution of 1368 dots X 768 lines.' And the only reason I bring this up, is because I have already purchased an external scaler in hopes of using it with whatever RPTV I purchase in the next month. At this point, it almost seems easier to buy a JVC dila set that displays in 720p natively then to continue to consider the GWIVs. My Iscan HD doesn't support this 1368 X 768 resolution as a preset. If anyone is currently using an Iscan with a GW III, please PM with 1X1 pixel mapping resolution that you are using.

Thanks,

7

I believe it is the same resolution as the GW3: 1386x788p.
post #62 of 4081
Thread Starter 
Just before I went to bed I fired up the Avia disc...never used it before. I found my way to the overscan test pattern and it was perfectly centered on my screen. Apparently the Avia I have was designed for 4:3 sets so I had to "full zoom" to fill my screen left to right. If I'm using the test pattern correctly it looks like I have 3% overscan on all sides. Could the THX optimizer 16:9 setup test be bad...or maybe it isn't designed to test for proper centering? Can you point me to a thread about the Mits DLP issue?

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Originally posted by papaduxx
IS this similar to what is being descibed on the Mits DLP's? At my BB most of our DLP and some LCD displays all have the 1/2" black gap on the side, could it be source?
post #63 of 4081
3 % overscan is not bad. Some sets have as much as 5%
post #64 of 4081
Well my gw3 will not be coming from sears. They told me that set is now sold out and i will not get my set. So i took the gw4 for 650.00 off sony price. I will have it in 2 weeks when they get the 50 in-stock.
post #65 of 4081
iSSues:

How are you able to get ~20% off MSRP on a set that no one has in stock yet, and no one has seen?
post #66 of 4081
Easy they messed up selling me a set that they had no more left. Printed out a link from a store in NY in my area http://store.yahoo.com/hypeaudio/kdf50we655.html that had it at a price meet it and beat it by 10%.
post #67 of 4081
I got my 60WF655 for $3200 at Ultimate Electronics which is 20% off. No pricemaching involved. Went to the first salesman and had no luck. He tried to sale me a repaired 60WE610 at 10% off and I said no I want 20% and he just looked at me funny and walked off. Tried a second salesman and he said no problem. I then told him I had an Ultimate credit card and would like 24 months no interest and he said sure no problem to that also. Should have the new set early October.


Doug
post #68 of 4081
I have a Sony KDF42WE655 tv that receives digital channels via my outdoor antenna. The onscreen display states that it's 1080i and 16:9 ratio but it shows on the screen as a 4:3 ratio with grey on the left and right sides. I have to change the wide mode to get it to fill up the screen. Is this normal? The HDTV channel is KHTV 11.1 out of AR.
post #69 of 4081
zcrc01,

Yes, this could be normal. Just because a channel is digital does not mean it's broadcasting in hi def. They're still sending out a 1080 signal, but the content within is only SD. You can tell when you look at it that it's not HD. You should get full screen 16X9 on actual HD programs like CSI, ER, Leno, ect, but commercials will still be 4X3 SD. Hope this makes sense.

Jeff
post #70 of 4081
Jeff,

I was watching CSI last night on 11.1 which is transmitted in HDTV but it still wasn't filling the entire screen until I switched wide modes. Do I have something setup wrong?
post #71 of 4081
Thread Starter 
The broadcast is SD upconverted to 1080i so in order to send it in 16:9 without distorting the content they add the bars to the sides...in other words it's not real HD. That's not to say that nothing on that channel is HD, just not what you've seen so far. Is it a major network? Typically only the more popular prime-time shows and some sports events are shot in HD at this time. If you like the zoom mode filling the whole screen then go for it but you are distorting the content...it's really 4:3 unless it is true HD or a widescreen movie.

Quote:


Originally posted by zcrc01
I have a Sony KDF42WE655 tv that receives digital channels via my outdoor antenna. The onscreen display states that it's 1080i and 16:9 ratio but it shows on the screen as a 4:3 ratio with grey on the left and right sides. I have to change the wide mode to get it to fill up the screen. Is this normal? The HDTV channel is KHTV 11.1 out of AR.
post #72 of 4081
Thread Starter 
What mode did you need to switch to? Check your default wide mode settings in the user menu. If it has gray bars it is NOT HD...although the major network might broadcast HD, it doesn't necessarily mean the local channel passes it OTA.

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Originally posted by zcrc01
Jeff,

I was watching CSI last night on 11.1 which is transmitted in HDTV but it still wasn't filling the entire screen until I switched wide modes. Do I have something setup wrong?
post #73 of 4081
I switched to Wide Zoom in order to fill the entire screen. The mode before I switched is Full.


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Originally posted by TH3_FRB
What mode did you need to switch to? Check your default wide mode settings in the user menu. If it has gray bars it is NOT HD...although the major network might broadcast HD, it doesn't necessarily mean the local channel passes it OTA.
post #74 of 4081
Full mode should be correct for HD. Could have been your local CBS affiliate screwed up and forgot to throw the switch or something. They've done that here in Dallas from time-to-time. Try looking for other HD broadcasts to test. Usually local PBS stations run an HD loop of some sort on their digital channels. Also CBS has one of their soap operas in HD. Don't remember which one. You may have to wait till tonight for other network HD programming is on to test.

Good Luck
Jeff
post #75 of 4081
This may have been partially answered earlier, but any information is appreciated! Thanks!


The KDF-55WF655 is not on Sears web site.
Can you tell me if Sears aill stock any of the following:
KDF-55WF655
KDF-50WE655
KDF-55XS955

I love the GWIII I bought from Sears, and I will probably keep it.
But, I could return it and get one of the above.

Do any of you know which of the units will be at Sears and the delivery dates? Also, what are Sears part numbers?

Thanks,
Alan
post #76 of 4081
Just ordered the GWIV because i got it at a great price (30% under MSRP). I dont have any satelite right now, but once we move to the new house (reason why we bought the tv) ill be ordering voom (unless someone would advise me not to in these forums).I have only two question:

Has anyone been able to get this TV to display from a HTPC correctly? I dont have a really good dvd player and intended to use it to watch most of my dvd's and since i dont have a tivo i was going to torrent some shows i would happen to miss.

How is the reception with the ATSC tuner? I was planning to use some cheapo ones until i got the satellite hooked up in 3 weeks or so. Would you advise me to get another antenna? One specificly for recieving OTA hdtv? I found it at circuit city and it looks interesting for 40.

Thanks CANT wait to get the TV delievered. Its alot easier making TV decisions based on prices then going into the nitty gritty of these forums hah. Hopefully it doesnt become a blunder but i think I have a pretty good idea of what I am getting myself into since I have been going through these forums on a daily bases lately. Cheers.
post #77 of 4081
Xlent, how and where did you get the 30% on MSRP?? I am trying to narrow my desicion down too and if i could get close to that it would be done deal. could you PM me with the info please?
post #78 of 4081
Please PM me also about how you manage to get this deal
post #79 of 4081
Its too late to get it at the price i do believe... but i sent the pm anyways.
post #80 of 4081
I'd love to know how to get one at 30% off too. Please PM.
post #81 of 4081
xllent send me pm too, pls
post #82 of 4081
i sent the PM's but like i said i doubt you can still get this price but more power to you if you can.

anyways can anyone follow up on my questions?

:Has anyone been able to get this TV to display from a HTPC correctly? I dont have a really good dvd player and intended to use it to watch most of my dvd's and since i dont have a tivo i was going to torrent some shows i would happen to miss.

How is the reception with the ATSC tuner? I was planning to use some cheapo ones until i got the satellite hooked up in 3 weeks or so. Would you advise me to get another antenna? One specificly for recieving OTA hdtv? I found it at circuit city and it looks interesting for 40. "


Also what are some good tweeks out there? I want to riguriously work on the TV while its still under warrenty until I get the picture i find acceptable. I keep reading about how tweekable the WE610 but I am pretty clueless what kind of tweeks these posters were referring to.


cheers
post #83 of 4081
I just got my KDF-50WE655 and it's awesome! However, when I tied the usual (display, 5, vol+,power) this does not work. I even tried the older sequence without the vol+. I don't see any hidden buttons either like the really old sets. Anyone know how to get into the service mode on these sets?

Jeff
post #84 of 4081
CBS keeps commercials going before today's football game bragging that they are in HD. These seem to be sponsored by Sony.

When I watch in HD, they are in standard 4:3 format and do not really look like they are in HD. Looks a little better than SD, but not much better. When I watch HD on other channels, the games are clear as a bell and generally in 16:9 format. What gives with CBS?

Thanks,
Alan

P.S. - In particular, I'm saw this on the Baltimore/Cincinatti game.
post #85 of 4081
Repost:

This may have been partially answered earlier, but any information is appreciated! Thanks!


The KDF-55WF655 is not on Sears web site.
Can you tell me if Sears aill stock any of the following:
KDF-55WF655
KDF-50WE655
KDF-55XS955

I love the GWIII I bought from Sears, and I will probably keep it.
But, I could return it and get one of the above.

Do any of you know which of the units will be at Sears and the delivery dates? Also, what are Sears part numbers?

Thanks,
Alan
post #86 of 4081
Quote:


Originally posted by alanpgh
Repost:

This may have been partially answered earlier, but any information is appreciated! Thanks!


The KDF-55WF655 is not on Sears web site.
Can you tell me if Sears aill stock any of the following:
KDF-55WF655
KDF-50WE655
KDF-55XS955

I love the GWIII I bought from Sears, and I will probably keep it.
But, I could return it and get one of the above.

Do any of you know which of the units will be at Sears and the delivery dates? Also, what are Sears part numbers?

Thanks,
Alan

They are stocking all of those models.
Don't know Sears stock numbers but I almost ordered the WF655 sight unseen and was told they could deliver it 4th Oct.
post #87 of 4081
sears part number for the 42we655 is 5754644

I know they have the 50'' in stock but I cant help you with the part number. I think they have some other model because they just recently got some paper work for the other tv's. Possibly it is the WF
post #88 of 4081
Thread Starter 
Try it again...I just did it on my 42WE655 and it worked. I powered off, hit display, 5, vol+, power and then it took probably 15-20 seconds to turn on...the green light was blinking. You going to try UMR's tweaks? I'll probably do them some night this week.

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Originally posted by jeff abc
I just got my KDF-50WE655 and it's awesome! However, when I tied the usual (display, 5, vol+,power) this does not work. I even tried the older sequence without the vol+. I don't see any hidden buttons either like the really old sets. Anyone know how to get into the service mode on these sets?

Jeff
post #89 of 4081
TH3_FRB or any other GWIV owners:

How do like your set so far, black levels any better than the GWIII? Are you happy with the PQ (sd/hd/dvd)?
post #90 of 4081
Thread Starter 
So far so good. See my initial review earlier in this thread. I've had about a week to play and I think I have the UM settings as good as they can get. HD looks very good now and SD is completely acceptable...good even...of course some channels are better then others. I haven't done any significant DVD viewing yet so I can't comment there. The blacks aren't great...can't compare to the GWIII...but they are bright. I really think that a neutral density filter will do the trick but I need to figure out how to do the install...hoping that someone else tries it first I'm also thinking about some bias back lighting behind the set to help the blacks appear a little darker at night under low light conditions.

Overall I'm happier with the set now then last weekend...mostly due to finally getting the levels adjusted more to my liking but I'm probably also getting used to the picture overall. Hopefully I'll have a chance to try UMR's tweaks this week and I can report back.

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Originally posted by papaduxx
TH3_FRB or any other GWIV owners:

How do like your set so far, black levels any better than the GWIII? Are you happy with the PQ (sd/hd/dvd)?
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