Originally Posted by jddesigned
Well I took the plunge on the 42PF9631D yesterday.
Congrats and welcome aboard !!
Phanatic was kind enough to send me the Tips Sheet which from a brief skim will surely make for some great reading this week. I'll admit this TV wasn't number one on my buying list, but when you pick it up at over half the cost of the Pioneer it's more than worth a shot.
It sure is !! I can't say that a Philips is 'as good as' a Pioneer, but when you line them up side-by-side, it can be tough to figure out what you're getting for premium $$$ with the Pioneer.
Anyways some early impressions: I've used the general consensus calibrations and rolled back my brightness and contrast for now while breaking in.
Keep them in the low-40's or thereabouts for the 1st 100-hours.
SD TV: Wow! Given it's not as crisp as my CRT but the automatic stretch mode and the picture filters this set has do a better than great job at cleaning the picture up and making for a not so painful SD viewing experience. Planning on ordering digital cable to see how much better it can get. This is a huge plus for me considering the amount TV I will watch on this, good job Philips.
- Keep in mind I have all my setting turned down as well during the break in period.
SD looks great....the only time you see non-smooth images on digital cable is when you are like 2-4' from the TV set. Normal viewing distance and it is almost as good as my 27" Sony CRT.
I haven't been able to make any sort of judgment on high-def or even just DVD so far. I need to trouble shoot some picture quality issue I encountered when I hooked up the dvd player. On DVD via component there was a lot of film noise - fine looking dots (which appeared in the black bars top and bottom) and a not so focused picture. Keep in mind my DVD player is from 2000 and is the basic of basics. Now could this graininess be attributed to a crappy power bar, electrical noise? Bad component cables (Best Buy house brand Rocketfish)? Or simply just an old DVD player? I ran the DVD player to my CRT via s-video and it looked really good so I will try that connection when I get home, this could possibly lead to bad cables. Any thoughts on what order to trouble shoot his is appreciated.
- I'll most likely get a new DVD player as well with HDMI, been holding off because my current looks fine on my crt.
How does a VCR look connected to the TV ? How does HD or digital cable look? If those are OK, then both the TV and cables are probably OK.
If you want more cables with Monster-quality but non-Monster prices, check out the companies in the Tips Sheet.
How is your cable setup -- are you taking the cable from outside the house and going right into the TV ? Can you get a signal strength reading (I get mine through a STB) ?
Ambilight is so cool and actually works. I definitely found watching a few hours of tv easier on my eyes.
It's awesome...just make sure it's not on in the daytime or when you have lights on at night. No sense in wasting the bulbs.
Anyways this is early rambling about a set I haven't even given a full shot at HD yet. I'll keep you guys updated on my findings and thoughts. With the great job it does with SD it would be a shame for it to fall short in any other areas.
If you're happy with the SD, the HD will blow you away (and the DVD too, once we fix the glitches. Don't worry!).
Don't go out and buy new stuff without getting up to speed on the TV and the things attached to it. It takes time and you don't want to buy new stuff it it's not necessary. Get your digital cable, see how digital cable SD and HD look, and depending on what STB you have, get a signal strength reading.