Originally Posted by sj41
BB finally delivered my 40xbr2 today
Time to join on in the convo!
welcome aboard! I will try and answer your q's the best I can
So now for the questions:
1. Are those 3 things I listed acceptable? Or are those problems big enough that would I be better off with another unit? Personally it's a real hassle to move the unit around (apartment), but since I bought it at BB (during the price error) I still have a little less than a month to return/exchange.
while that (the pixels) is within warranty spec, it does suck..huh? As far as the stuck pixels go, give this a try:http://www.psp-vault.com/Article168.psp
That is a quicktime movie. If you prefer to not have to load quicktime for this, there are static image solutions you can use...for example:http://blog.gwax.com/2006/01/03/unst...ck-lcd-pixels/
A friend also used this:http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail...l/1131367970/1
And said it did the trick where the above image method did not (he hates quicktime so that was not an option for him).
Per the dead pixel, if you can only notice is when your nose is against the screen, and it does not affect your tv enjoyment at all..dont worry about it. Besides, you will be hard pressed to get sony to warranty that. BB will take the set back (at least I was told by a bb rep that you can return for ANY reason though...your call.
2. For owners with PC's connected: DVI/HDMI or VGA? I've read that VGA looks better in some cases but isn't pure digital better than digital-analog-digital?
I have tried both and prefer vga. It could be my pc (or vid card) but the overall experience was more enjoyable in vga. I only game with my pc when attaching it to the tv. Not really much help here on this topic, sorry! (I have a standalone dvd player that plays any/all formats so my need for a pc to watch anything has long since vanished.)
3. For owners that had major clouding backlight, did the problem fix itself (for the most part) with time?
I had mild clouding as well on my 40xbr2. I left all the settings default with how sony shipped the set, I put a channel on (sd cable) in full/wide mode so it took the entire screen up, I muted the tv, and just let it sit for a full day.
The clouds in the bottom left were gone completely and the ones in the upper right were reduced to one tiny spot. That spot has all but gone away since I got the set a month ago. I can only notice it when I want to (stare at it long enough to make my blood bubble..hehe)
5. For anyone: Anyone know of a software that shows all the current playing movies on TV (kinda like the "movies->playing now/next" guide feature in Windows Media Center) My cable box has a basic guide, but I really liked the movie playing feature in Media Center.
Do you mean you want to install new software on your television to show you a programming guide that you can nav through, hover over a chan, and upon selecting it, go to that chan?
If you were watching through a tv tuner card I would suggest ati's catalyst solution.
Am I not understanding you correctly?
6. Also, for 4:3 programs, is there a way to make the side bars black instead of gray? Anyone know if this a setting for the TV or the cable box?
Grey? It sounds like your settings are way to bright. Jack the backlight down a bit and bring down the brightness. The default settings should be producing a black box in 4:3 though...I remember my set came with the backlight at max, but I do not remember grey sidebars....odd.