Originally Posted by JimH-Seattle
I have been lurking here for a couple of months, since I started shopping for a new set to replace my Panasonic PT50-54DL DLP set. I was looking to upgrade to 1080p and a slight upgrade in size as well.
After reading hundreds (maybe thousands) of posts here and other places, I finally decided the HL-S5687W was the right mix of price, features and quality for me.
I received my new set today and have been watching it for a couple of hours. The set is esthetically absolutely beautiful. I love the look of this design.
As soon as I got it hooked up, the brightness practically knocked me over, which I pretty much expected after reading these forums. I applied Eliab's recommended settings as a starting point and am much happier with the picture, although it still seems a bit harsh compared to my panasonic. I intend to tweak on the settings some more to see if I can make it more comfortable for me.
There is one issue I'm trying to figure out, and I'm hoping someone might be able to coach me through correcting it.
I'm watching HD Cable TV over Comcast via a motorola 3412 STB using DVI-HDMI. I've had local news broadcasts in HD, and right now I'm watching the NLCS on Fox-HD. Other than being a little bright the picture looks great except for one thing.
Any bright white text on the screen, such as the "KOMO4" logo during the news cast, or the "NLCS-FOX" logo on the game you can see noticable colored blotches It almost looks like the dithering (pixelation?) you would see if someone over optimized a .jpg image on a computer.
I'm sure this is a color balance/contrast/brightness issue, but when I try to turn the brightness down any further than Eliab's recommendations, I start losing detail in the dark areas of the screen.
I do have the service manual, and have been into the service menu, but the only thing I changed was turning off the Overscan. I didn't bother turning off DNiE because I'm using movie mode, which appears to disable it.
Can anyone provide some suggestions that might help correct this issue?
I definitely can see that this set could benefit from professional calibration. The picture is good, but could definitely use some professional TLC. I'm in the Seattle area and am going to seek out a calibrator. I did look in the Calibration forums and didn't see anyone in this area performing this service. I did see that David Abrams might be making a trip up this way in December, but I'm not sure I can wait that long.
Anyone have any recommendations?
I would also like to pass a huge thank you along to everyone who contributes to these forums. This is probably the single best source of knowledge in the AV/HT/HD universe!