Hey guys...been tinkering with my new HD70 for the past few days. Last night was the first night of extensive testing and capturing shots with my Nikon D50 to compare to my 4805. Tonight I decided to take my 4805 down from the ceiling mount and put the HD70 up for replacement.
I'll spare the review for the moment as I am building my opinions through early use. The HD70 looks great except for one thing that I am unsure about. Using the DVE disc, I was checking the first sharpness calibration pattern, and noticed that the HD70 appeared to have ghosting lines.
It's hard to describe, but it's different than a "hard edge" as sharpness should adjust. I am just seeing that a short distance off lines on both sides there appears to be a ghost line or some sort of odd pixelation going on...well, that's still a poor explanation. I wish I could take a good screenshot of the effect, but it really affects straight lines and things like text with the issue seemingly a distortion in the sharpness of the edge of text or straight lines when you view from a normal distance. This is over both HDMI AND Component with my Oppo DVD player. I was also noticing this weird effect on text watching Dish Network HDTV (a football game).
This may be a signal degradation issue, but I don't understand why this would occur over HDMI?
I will continue to tinker to see if something is the root of this issue, I don't remember seeing it last night when I had the PJ sitting on a table. I need to fire the 4805 back up to make sure I am not seeing things that aren't there. Any thoughts?
Oh yeah, color calibration seems to be kind of difficult as I couldn't cause much of any effect on the color squares calibration provided on the DVE DVD. The Blue test seems to be pretty spot on by default, and red is pretty close, but green is way off, and no matter what I changed in the RGB advanced settings, I couldn't cause much in the way of any effect on the colors.
I'm wondering if some quality control issues exist in this first round of HD70s out of the gate. Last night things were looking great, especially in hooking up to my 360, but tonight the ghosting lines (almost like double vision) and the lack of color tuning ability has got me scratching my head a little.
I also agree with HeadRusch on the sharpness slider...it seems to cause very little change on either extreme. It is noticeable, but very slight.