Originally Posted by pwl
After months of trying to get my Samsung HLR-6168W's working like a 1080p HDTV set shouldI finally return it and Pre-ordered a JVC HD-61FH96 on Nov. 16th.
On Monday December 19th the JVC arrived, I happily signed the shipper and started the installation.
My first impression was that the shipping box was stronger and packed better than that of the Sammy. Once I placed the JVC on the Sammy's stand (I will need to slightly modify the stand and paint it black) I began to hook up all my cables. I realized that the connections on the back of the JVC felt more solid than the Sammy's with little movement when pushing the component cables into place.
Next, the moment of truthI powered on the set and waited for the image to appear.but before I saw any image (from my SA-8300HD HDMI) I noticed the FAN noise from the JVC was louder than the Sammy'sabout the same volume of a computer fan or from an Xbox fan.
Within a few seconds the image from HDNET (default channel on my PVR) appeared and I realized immediately that this sets picture was far better than the Sammy's. The colors jumped off the screen.greens and yellows almost glowed. I switched the picture to TheaterPro Mode and things seem more natural and relaxed. I spent some time (late into the evening) playing with different settings and adjustments to see what could be changed and what couldn't. The menus are as bad as everyone has been sayingthat's one thing I will miss on the Sammy...but that is a minor issue.
Now for the dreaded SSE (Silk Screen Effect), yes this set has itas do all the rear projection sets.but for some reason on this JVC it is much more noticeableespecially on whites (computer screens) or snowor any solid color filling the screen. The good news is that after viewing the set for a few daysmy eyes are starting to ignore that it even exists.so for me; this is now a minor issue as well.
As for 1080p over HDMI, I have decided to return my ATI AIW9800Pro and order a new GeForce 6600GT Video Card or newer card that will be able to do a custom resolution slightly smaller than 1920x1080 to overcome the overscan issue as well as the ATI lost signal issue when you switch inputs. If any of you have a suggestion for the best/Value of Video card let me know.
By-the-way, XBOX and DVD images looked greatlittle or no jagges, no clayfaced people and no RED blotchy screens. I can't wait until I get this set ISF calibrated once the bulb is broke in.
It's a very Merry Christmas for me!
I just did the side by side of my Sammy HLN61" DLP (1280x720) vs my new
61FH96. The short answer is the JVC is undeniably sharper than the
DLP. In fact, it is almost sharp to a fault, as follows: It is so sharp, that
I noticed that I could, under special circumstances, see aliasing in some
certain diagonal edges. With the DLP, the blurring at these same edges
served as a sort of anti-alias mechanism, so you didn't see the jaggies. All other characteristics
were a tie, such as black levels, color purity, accuracy, motion artifacts,
anything else I can think of. So, the two are essentially the same except for
sharpness, which is unquestionably and demonstrateably superior on the JVC.
Oh yeah, I couldn't get my nvidia 6800GT to work at 1920x1080P.
It sort of worked at 1920x1080i, but there were ugly deinterlacing artifacts
so I stuck with 1280x720P out from my nvidia card. Interestingly, even with
a 1280x720 signal driving both the Sammy and the JVC, the JVC was visably sharper.
I used two signal sources, both hooked to their respective HDMi inputs:
1. The output from my Fusion HDTV card (displays through my nvidia card as
2. My Comcast 6412 HD recorder w/HDMI out.
I got the super-sharpness from both sources. As to SSE, I would rate it about a
tie, maybe the JVC was slightly worse.
An interesting question is whether or not a 1920x1080 DLP would be as sharp.
Anyone know when the "real" 1920x1080 DLPs are suppose to be shipping?