Originally Posted by gtsorbet
So after about 6 months of researching all sorts of dlp's, from Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, and whoever else...I started with looking at 50" tvs...and ended up with a 65831. I just picked it up last night and had about an hour to play with it before I had to go to bed.
First off...compared to big screens of the past, the thing is light...still awkwardly huge but doesn't weigh anything. I was at my parent's house actually before I headed back to Sacramento this morning. So we lugged it upstairs to check to make sure everything worked correctly before I took it to Sacramento [HD box was upstairs].
Turns out my father has an ancient HD box that doesn't have an HDMI output
[way to go Comcast]. So I had to deal with a component cable connection for the night since I didn't have a DVI connection [get to that in just a bit]. So you turn it on and it tells you it has a component plugged in, yada yadajust give me a picture. I turned it to Sportscenter first [without any calibrating obviously] and it was awesome.
The room was lit with a 100w lamp about 3 feet from my head and it did not interfere at all. The picture was too bright, obviously setup for in store looks but to a normal consumer the picture was great, just some tweaking to make it right will be needed. I guess what really worried me the most when I saw the 65 in the store was the [correct me if I am using the wrong term] amount of artifacts and just stuff not being able to keep up with the motion say in a football game. The sales guy claimed that using my Comcast cable at home will be far superior to the dish-split-8 million-times-over connection they have in store.
I believed him to a certain degree but not to what I was witnessing sitting on my couch. I would have had serious buyers remorse if I would have gone with the 57. I sit 13 back where my tv's final resting place will be in my new house, which was spot on distance with my parents house I was in. The picture was awesome, just awesome. I can't wait for the HDMI connection now. So I go get some water about 45 minutes into switching through HD channels and happen to see a DVI cable laying in our office.
So I hooked it up to the cable box then to the tvit pops up and says something I was too lazy to read so I hit exit'then I think I hit format' a few timesturns out DVI is really only for pc connectivityoops. So here is where it goes to crapI try and use the component connection again and all is its giving me is 480p on ESPNHD and in letterboxed as well, so stretched I guess.
Long story short I think I jacked the cable box settings into thinking I wanted a DVI connection, blah blahbut didn't know how to reset the cable box for a few reasons not important. So after that confusion I was getting irritated and tired, so I boxed it back up and we put it back in my van to take to Sacramento. I am just hoping I screwed the cable box up and not my tv's settings [if anyone has input to my stupidity please let me know, even just to make fun of me for not reading is ok with me, I deserve it].
Back to the picture, sorry. Before I screwed up the connections I watched some other HD shows. DiscoveryHD was showing something about people who work deep underground, the point being there was many, many black scenes where little light was visible. The blacks were so black and the images were so clear, it was I think higher than my expectations, which is honestly hard to match.
I am one of those RBE people [I knew this from my front projector] and it was far less noticeable than my projector was. I have grown to accept that I see them and they don't bother me, I try to show my girlfriend and she just thinks I am too pickylucky girl. Then I flicked to Leno on NBC? It was so clear as well but needs to have the cartoony color turned down a bit, again, not unbearable, just needs to be messed with.
I am not sure if any of my rambling helped. I just wanted to share that I researched forever before my purchase and ended up buying from a company I formerly did not like one bit.
So I guess if you are looking for some advice from this rambling here ya go:
1) even if you have never liked the brand, give them a fair chance, you never know,
2) if you are stuck between the smaller or bigger size of this tv set, go bigger, you will not regret it,
3) If you think it looks good in the store, just wait till you see it in action in your home.
I have only one potentially bad thing about purchasing this set, my friends told me I am now officially hosting the Super Bowl party for my buddies and me. Hey, the kegerator will be in operation by then anyway!
Hope this helped