Funny you asked about calibration...I was just finishing up with this.
Okay, last questions first.
According to the Avia disk, my set has about 3 1/2% overscan on both left and right. Top is approx. 3.9% and bottom is about 4.3%.
From a casual viewer perspective, it "feels" as if the video image is zoomed a tiny bit, and that there is some border that is cut off. Not a big deal...but just something to note. Also, I'm not sure if there is any way to fix this but I'll call Vizio tomorrow to ask.
As for the number of hours on the TV. I have not yet found an actual onboard counter. I simply estimated the number of hours per day that the set is on, multiplied by the number of days I've had it. Since I work from home, my set is usually on from the time I wake up till I go to sleep....roughly 15-18 hours per day.
Okay, as of today, I've recalibrated my set. I purposely did NOT look at any previous settings, took lots of notes during the "how to" portions of the video, and basically acted as if I had never done it before.... So the message here is... Take this with a grain of salt!
Here it is (via HDMI #4 on Sony DVP71HP upconverting DVD)
Pic Mode: Custom
Sharpness: 4 (I think this might be low, but AVIA suggests waiting awhile before readjusting....so thats what I'm gonna do)
Advanced: all off (dynamic cont. to 0)
The PQ is definately different. I plan on watching some DVDs tonight an see how it goes.
Please try these settings for yourself and if you discover a better combination, please let me know.
One note....as mentioned in the recent CNET review. There are up to 3 increments within each change of "number" within each setting. This means that, while the remote seems to be malfunctioning, it is NOT....it just takes a few presses of the button to get to the next number. For example, when you adjust the color red, you might press the increase/decrease button 3 time before the actual number changes. Think of it like each number is divided by thirds.
I don't think this is a big deal because it is not random...it happens every single time you adjust. This means that there is more "fine tuning" capabilities than it seems.
Okay...let me know how this works for you and if you have any suggestions.