Originally Posted by 1stHD
I had it for only 1 day but I had gone through most of it's features. It's my 3rd 50" plasma. I had used two 50" Vizio in the last 1.5 years. So I used exactly same DVD, HD DVD, Satelite and OTA feed to see different screens, and even the programs are same or very similar. My impression is the picture quality of the 50PF9731D is decent but inferrior than that of the cheap new face of Vizio. It's less crispy and a little fuzzy. On fast moving objects and bright object under shadow I can see some mosaic dots or small block. I believe the DCDi technology by Faroudja used on Vizio made the difference. This does bother me (because my pic was downgraded after channing to a new tv), but not very much.
My 9631 looks great. Make sure you have the right settings involving DYN CONTRAST, ACTIVE CONTROL, etc. For instance, while most settings are irrelevant, keep ACTIVE CONTROL away from MAX (too dark).
Break-in? Keep Contrast and Brightness under 50, even 40 if you can live with it. 40's is OK, then in a few weeks move it into the 50's, then a few more weeks whatever you want.
What bugs me is the settings are very high when the pics look really good. e.g. the contrast has to be at 85 and brightness has to be 65 and others are also high. You name it. For a new plasm it shouldn't be that way. If I set them below 50 the picture is way dark and the unnatural and unacceptible.
Yes, but it won't have to be that way. I had my Contrast and Brithness in the 30's -- try that and watching the darker input from a VCR to boot!!
Remember, only change numbers in the PERSONAL setting (leave all the other pre-sets alone). By changing ALL the inputs, you will see you don't need C&B at super-high levels for good pictures. Check out the settings on the 9630 or 9631 threads or in the Philips Tips Sheet.
It's well know that if you set the settings too high the tv is wearing faster. For the Vizio I had set the contrast and brightness around 40-45 and the pic still looks good. The Vizio claims its life to be 60000 hours. Philips never say anything about this.
Philips is rated at 60,000 hours and my Contrast is at 63 and Brightness at 56.
I am not sure if Philips has special technology to maintain its plasma at good state if the contras and brightness and other settings have to be set that high.
Even if it loses 1/2 it's brightness at 30,000 hours, do you realize that if you use it 6 hours a day every day that's 15 years of use ??? I'll take HALF of that, trouble free, and then just buy a better set for 1/2 the money or a TV twice as large for a few bucks more !!
Most user-unfriendly and stupid remote ever by Philips. If you poll 100 hundred owner majority will hate this remote. I can safely bet I can give out my unit free to anybody if the result is contrary.
Um....I'll take the remote. Yeah, at first I didn't like the length and the glassy feel. But after a while, it grows on you. I like it better now than my friend's remotes, and that includes the 9630 which had a cheaper feel to it. I'm not sure what remote the 9731 has but I assume it's close to my 9631.
I initially had a problem on my unit. When using HDMI 1 input, on the left side of the panel there is one strip about half inch is not filled with picture. I had tried feed from Satelite box and DVD players and it shows always. And I switched both feeds to HDMI 2 and the problem was gone. The problem is with the HDMI 1 connection for sure. It's just like when you use CRT monitor you have to the settings to shift the screen to the left to make it fill in the full screen. it's odd for a plasma tv. Finally I found out that I had to use the cursor to shift it. I don't know if any other plasma has the same issue. My previous two plasma don't.
Could be a problem with HDMI 1 or could just be that particular source input and the way it interacts with HDMI 1. If the round cursor fixed it, I wouldn't worry.
The good part is its ambilight. Surround with 2 sides and top. You can turn it on and off and set at different mode. I watched the TV at night and it's really nice. I hope all TVs have this feature.
They don't, Philips is the only one. You want backlighlighting, it's D-I-Y. I love Ambilight.
So overall I am really not impressed with Philips 9731D. Maybe I just have a bad unit. I will find out. So for owner please post your experience. I have to decide if I want to keep it.
I can't post on the 9731 but I have the 9631. Going by the specs I saw online, it looks like yours is the same unit except for 3-sided Ambilight. As I said, I love my 9631. Give it time, play with the set a while, you'll feel more comfortable. If the picture is noticeably 'bad' to your eyes or the HDMI problem is a pest, you can always exchange it.
Feel free to post on other Philips threads, too, since the models are very similar.