Okay, I need to need some guidance here. I've made a couple of posts indicating the poor viewing angle of the 42D62U. Something just occurred to me. When I evaluated this panel at Circuit City last Friday, I had evaluated it from a number of different angles, primarily standing in front of it and looking down. I never got the impression the images were washed out.
Then, my friend who was with me happened to be sitting off-angle, at about 35 degrees and never noted any washed out images. So, I went back to CC today to look at the display model. The store had ESPN HD playing on all of the panels. I stood at all of the angles where I noted washed out images on the same panel I have in my own, e.g. directly in front, standing above, standing, 45" degrees at 6 feet, 9 feet, sitting on the floor, sitting at eye level with the panel at 45 degrees.. Viewing angles were NOT an issue on the demo model.
I even stood at the most extreme of angles, distances and angles at various differences and the image was not washed out. I even referenced it against other panels. There was no significant difference in image quality or accurancy compared to other panels, including the 52". The 52" was darker at different viewing angles. But, I'm sure neither of these panels were correctly calibrated.
I wonder if the washed out images have something to do with my output source. So far, I only have my Pioneer DVR-533H DVD Recorder connected to the panel via component. It outputs to the panel at 480p when playing a DVD.
Could the source be the issue? Does anyone have any recommendations on how to get a real free for viewing angle performance of this panel. I'm having DirecTV HD installed in my home on Wednesday. So, that will be another source to further evaluate the panel.
Any suggestions are very much appreciated.