Had a chance to set up the new HL-S6187W over the weekend, and thought I'd post some initial thoughts:
1) Lightweight - my wife and I were able to easily move the TV from the garage where the box was delivered... it has some nice areas to "grip" it for safe moving.
2) The TV was plugged into a SD cable line (no digital box, yet). Tweaked using Eliabs settings in the TECH LINKS... nice look. Occasional "white dot" noise (not SSE) noticed up close, but not bothersome, and much less noticeable from 8' +
3) Hooked up the Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC), running an ATI 9800Pro card, using a DVI/HDMI convertor and 12' HDMI cable. Using the ATI Graphics software, made a custom 1920x1080p settings (worked out to about 1880x1044 with overscan). Again, set up settings per Eliab, then inserted Digital Video Essentials for color and tint tweaks.
Played a few movies through the HTPC (software = ZoomPlayer with PowerDVD filters) and I went on to manually tweak flesh tones, black level and contrast (white levels) ala "Steaming Rat" method (see TECH LINKS) LOOKS INCREDIBLE!
4) Movie mode disables DNiE. This has been mentioned before.
5) Turned off overscan via Service Menu (SM) for a 1080i signal: ( pics and details to follow). I tried turning off the "melody" song in the menu, but the bulb/power still cycled. It's going to take a while to get used to the quick on/off/on cycle of the bulb when entering the SM.
I'd like to start a thread specifically to discuss Service Menu settings and pictorial lessons. I'll post it in my TECH LINKS, too. I didn't stay in 1080i mode too long, as 1080p looked better to me.Be careful, one wrong arrow push can "blank" your screen and if you panic you won't get it back. If you make a mistake with this consequence just push the arrow once in the opposite direction that got you into that situation. You are warned!
6) When running DVE, one of the calibration screens has a 100% bright white rectangle in the upper left corner (with mostly dark screen elsewhere). Due to the TV's overscan, some of this bright rectangle's light is reflecting off the inside of the case and onto the screen as a distorted white feathery patch about 6 inches down and right at a 45 degree angle. It's really only apparent when standing above the screen up close. It's an anomaly of the overscan, I believe, and doesn't bother me much as this is a rather artificial means to bring out this reflection.
7) 1080i and 1080p are, at least to me, apparently different, although a minor difference. 1080p's horizontal lines when displaying computer material are rock solid. 1080i computer graphics have a "shimmering" or "flickering" appearance. This effect is apparent from 8' away, so it's "1080p for me!" The HLS is a "second" monitor, so I haven't tried displaying the WinXP icons or start bar on the TV, yet, so I cannot comment on overscan issues when displaying the main Windows desktop.
8) Mild SSE noticeable, but not bothersome to me, as I look at mild SSE all day long on my 21" LCD monitor at work. Not a big deal and not distracting while watching movies.
More to come!