Sorry I couldn't post anything last night. It turns out that 2 kids + 1 wife + holiday weekend = very little time to play with my new toy.
Anyway, I attached a few pics here. I disabled the flash on the camera, but didn't have a tripod handy. The result is some pictures on the dark and grainy side that might also be a tad blurry. I apologize for the poor quality pics. I'll try to get some better pictures over the coming days. I don't have Blueray or HD-DVD, so the non XBox360 pictures are from an SD cable channel and a standard DVD at 480i (Harry Potter). The XBox 360 photo was taken with the display set to "just scan" mode.
Here are some quick pro's an cons that I have observed so far:Pros
- Plenty of brightness, for those with lots of ambient light. I had to turn down the contrast, because it felt like my eyeballs were burning up.
- Fast display for gaming. No discernable "video lag" when playing the XBox 360 using component at 1080P. Also no motion blurring.
- I didn't see any banding in any of the video modes (dynamic, normal, movie). That doesn't mean it isn't there because I haven't done any exhaustive tests, but I have yet to see it with casual viewing.
- SD content seems to be what I expected. Not great, but tolerable for a 61" display.
- While I'm sure the set will benefit from a calibration, the out-of-the-box color seems to be decent. I'm running at Warm1 right now, since Warm2 felt a little bit too red. My old Sony 36" CRT was calibrated, so I have an idea of what a good set should look like.
- Geometry on my set seems very good. I've also got about 3% overscan on the sides, and 5% overscan on the top and bottom.
- Turn on time is very fast.
- I cannot hear the cooling fan running at my viewing distance of 11'
- The source select button on the remote lets you directly choose a source input, without having to scroll through all of the inputs one at a time.
- HD content is breathtaking.Cons
- The screen is very sensitive to vertical viewing position. I sit about 11' from the screen, and if I stand up there is a noticable change in brightness. Even at 11' sitting down, it seems like I need to back up about 2' more for the screen to have uniform brightness. I'd say don't get this model if you sit 10' or closer.
- I have very good vision, and I can detect mosquito noise (or is it called DLP noise?) at about 10'. If I close in to about 6' I can see lots of it. I'm not worried though, since it's nearly undetectable at my 11' viewing distance.
- If you are very sensitive to rainbows, you might still see them. I can see them very easily on color wheel based DLPs. It's much harder to see on the HL-T6189S, but it's definitely there. I'm trying not to purposely see it too much, since I don't want to ruin it for myself by training my eyes to detect it.
- On about the top 1/4 potion of the screen (horizontally), the vertical convergence was off a little bit. This isn't noticable out past about 5' or so. I assume maybe that's because of a steep projection angle or something. It's only noticable when showing a diagnostic crosshatch pattern, but I thought it was worth reporting. EDIT: This might be color fringing rather than a convergence issue. Thanks to htwaits for the input on this.
That's all I can think of right now. I'll keep checking back and try to answer any questions that come up.