I have come into the fold, brothers! Verily, an HL-S5086 was taken from the cradle at Best Buy and doth now dwell with me and mine.
Now where's that special Kool-Aid?
Seriously, though I've got loads more positive things to say than negative. Loads. This post was started last Friday morning, having picked up the TV the night before. It's been minimized since then, but I'm finishing it now.
Anyway, my impressions:
1. First off, going from a 27" VVega to this, well, for the first 20 minutes it felt like my eyes were being sucked out of my head. The eyestrain was horrible. BUT, after a bit the problem just went away. *shrug*.
2. I have very fast visual accuity (I get headaches from flourescents and need 85hz refresh rates for extended 'puter work). That said, I do see rainbows, but they're slight and very tolerable. My wife doesn't see them, even on 2x business projos.
3. My setup:
Panny S35 (it was the panny progressive released right after they stopped using DCDi)
MCE box with GF FX5900
PS2 via component
DVD & PS2 routed through the Yammy, MCE box through VGA
4. DVD Performence. Most excellent. I popped in Serenity and went to work. After switching the picture mode to "movie" and working with the picture controls, I got a gorgeous, VERY film-like picture. I think I decided that I liked DNR "ON". Using the "Movie" preset as proabbly mentioned shuts off DNIe and greys it out of the menu. This resulted in an image with PLENTY of detail, plenty of warmth and a slight graininess to the image. I don't mind that grain as it seems to be coming off the transfer. Serenity showed the touches of grain, but the DVDs of Firefly, did not. Also saw it on RotK, but not on Monsters Inc. That tells me that there isn't much on that DVD being hid from me. The image had good black levels, though my CRT was a bit better. I think my DVD player can switch between IRE 0 / 7, so I need to fiddle with that more.
The color decoder needs some work. The picture seems to have a strange sort of "neon" feeling to everything. Espeically flesh tones. The display looks very "cold", even with the "warm" & "movie" settings. DNIe seemed to make no difference. That will take careful tweaking to overcome, I suspect. Part of the problem is that there are user controls for "pink" and not "orange", of which there's a considerable component in flesh tones.
I *DID* notice some lip sync issues. It's so slight that if I weren't keeping an eye out for it, I might not even notice. My wife, however, is quite sensitive to it. She had to work 3rd shift in the ER last night, so we'll see what she says tonight. Evem if she does notice it (and I'll not ask her to look for it), it wont' be a long-term issue, as I plan on adding a new reciever with compensation.
5. OTA. I'll reserve my judgement yet for some actual primetime, but PBS-HD was excellent. DD-5.1 got to the reciever without me touching a thing. While there are TWO coax inputs on the back of the set, there's no sign of PiP or QAM support. However, I think I'm going to swap the "Ant" and "Cable" jacks to see if the local stations show up through Time Warner. Just thought of trying that.
6. Gaming! I cranked up teh PS2 and just started playing SSX3. I left game mode off initially, but I could sense something was just "off" because my scores were way down. GT4 felt very fast & twitchy. I couldn't keep the car on the road, and as someone who posted 11k mi in GT3 and is approaching 6k mi in GT4, well, that just doesn't happen. So I switched the Game Mode on. After fixing the picture settings to compensate, the games felt "right" again. Oh, and game mode doesn't seem to compromise the image very much at all. My buddy brought over his 360 on Friday night. A match made in heaven, and no game mode required.
7. The remote is stupid. The bloody thing is almost a foot long and the layout puts related funtions about as far away from each other as possible. Thought it odd that "Mute" doesn't kill the output from the Toslink (which should be easy, don't you think?)
Well, that's about it for now. I'll post back more on VGA performance.