Originally Posted by Zoglog
Well I finally got home and did some more testing with the set. It formats my bios screen correctly (unlike my sceptre did with HDMI port). Setting it to 1080p is a snap and windows detects the monitor correctly including model #. Haven't used SM and looking for dead pixels seemed rather futile to me since they were so damn small that I had to squint to even look around and it just hurt my eyes honestly......
HDMI port works fine for 1080i from my motorola HD cable box and looks more sharp than via component. The highest VGA setting for the 360 actually leaves 2 small black bars on the right and left side so I have to use fill mode. So far no lockups though I have had this weird problem when the set goes idle from not having detected any input it sort of stops taking commands to come back on.
So does this mean you successfully connected a PC via HDMI @ 1080p without sparkles?
Okay, I thought I would share a little, since I found it helpful to read what others had experienced in their purchase process (especially L.A.-area people):
-Found out about the 6/10 deal that night (while I was in the store) and was stopped in my tracks as the last unit they had in stock was bought literally minutes before I asked.
-Went home that night and began the ordering process on BB.com. I get through every step of the ordering process with the low-low price, and when I get to the last page (order confirmation) the price had jumped to its current BB price. Yeah, you read that right; they changed the price on me in the middle of the order. I equate that to picking up an item on the shelf at a store, waiting in line at the register, and finding that they changed the price on you while you were in line. Totally unethical.
-After butting heads with the .com CSRs and "research team" I was told they could do nothing to match the price - at this time I had no idea how many people had gone for the deal, and how many calls they must have gotten on orders and price matching for this unit alone. Crazy.
-I eventually get a rain check from the local B&M BB to allow me to get it from them at the 6/10 price whenever they get them back in stock.
-I wait patiently everyday as I check online for their in-store stock of this unit. Then see it no longer be available for delivery in my area. Then I read from so many reliable sources that the TV will be discontinued and I will have no affordable options for a TV close to this quality.
-I then come to discover, here, just how much differing information can be spread on the internet regarding the business practices and policies of one company selling one product. Holy hell. And I didn't even read the original 100+page thread! In these 30 pages alone I have read 50 differing suppositions, heresy, rumors and 'facts' about this monitor's availability and performance. I love AVS, I have learned more here than I could have ever imagined possible, but we are not immune from the pitfalls of every public message board - mainly that anyone can say anything, no matter how credible they believe it to be, and it can spread like wildfire and turn into fact. I can usually manage to keep a level head when reading in a forum about what-one-guy-heard-from-a-buddy-who-was-told-by-a-relaible-source-within-the-company, I just hope that everyone else can take this all with a grain of salt and not jump to conclusions.
-Anyway, I went back to the store on the 26th and spoke with the salesman who was helpful to me in the original rain check acquisition. He looked it up and the system would allow him to order it and schedule a delivery on the 28th. I did it, at the 6/10 price, and crossed my fingers.
Of course, I don't have it yet, not after further delivery attempts on the 1st and today. But each time the day before I received one call in the morning telling me my delivery time, and one in the late evening telling me my TV 'wasn't sent over from the store' yet. See, the delivery center has two default inventory codes: "S" if the item is at the store, and "W" if it's at the warehouse. They don't have a code for "neither place has one in stock yet, doofus, quit promising me you'll deliver it when you can't." I eventually spoke with a very nice girl at the Chino Hills warehouse, and she told me they have -22 on hand (meaning orders without stock on hand) and had 90+ on order for mid-July delivery. This was later nailed down to either a July 6th or 8th delivery from Westinghouse (someone has it wrong, clearly). This lays credence to the delivery dates provided to people in mid-July - BB was waiting for their scheduled delivery. So I wait, too.
I know this has a lot more to do with BB than the TV, but since much of this thread has focused on the purchase process of the TV as much as its technical merits/tweaking, I hope it sheds some light on the facts of one person's ordering experience from a retailer that, let's face it, is inextricably linked to nationwide sales trends and pricing for most major consumer electronics. I plan to write a full and complete detailing to BB corporate once the ordeal is finished, praising the efforts of the local CSRs and bemoaning the lack of support from their .com counterparts. If anything, maybe we can collectively put a dent into their less-than-ideal business practices concerning this item and maybe for other items in the future.
Who am I fooling? David only beat Goliath the one time. He would have been clobbered in a rematch.