Originally Posted by Makaveli Tha Don
Funny you should mention that. I was previously taking part in the "high road" thread over in the RP units forum awaiting the late october/early november release of the new xbr5 units from sony. Then when word got out they were cancelled/delayed. I started checking into these sets,....
...add me to the list that was convinced the only real replacement solution for my CRT RPTV would be a 70" XBR5. With the delay and no news about any possible geometrical issues, it made me glance around and see what was going on with a tech that for years I thought was over priced with mushy greys and flaky performance... and look what thread I found!
I've spent some time now in a couple retail locations putting the set through its paced, trying a variety of BD media (from Bullitt to Crank) just to see if this thing would barf or look too much like a giant computer monitor... I'm so pleased with the PQ and form factor that I think I'm going to blow double my budget on this bad boy. Ah, the joys/pains of AVS...
Now, I've got a couple questions specifically about the 60" Elite
that you will perhaps indulge my asking, knowing that buried in this massive thread no doubt are many of the answers (FAQ, anyone?). Thanks in advance for those that no doubt have even answered these before, and forgive some of the verbosity...
1) What is the fastest, most retail friendly way of determining the lack of dead pixels? Do I need to hook up a DVD player, config the set, and whip in AVIA, or is there a nice quick-and-dirty way of firing up the set and immediately finding where any kaput cells may be? Ditto for the humming issue, is it simply turning on the set and, bang, it hums, or is there something that I should do (fee an all white screen?) to see in store quickly any potential issues?
2) Burn-in period/test DVD/black bars - I can only assume that most have reached the proper consensus that the first 100 hours with this set should be treated gingerly... As only a few posts above pointed out, I'm to avoid watching as much as possible anything with a static image, including 2.35:1 films. Are there those that simply take the set out of the box, throw in the burn-in disc for a week, and then start watching immediately? I know that there's a very cool autostretch mode that seems to detect black side bars even with HD broadcasts - is there a setting to do the same for letterbox bars? I'd obviously go OAR in normal viewing, but my major concern remains shelling out $9k or so for a set that will have persistence issues prematurely.
3) Dimensions (or, "Look at the size of that thing!") - I'm in a rental house, so while a wall mount might be an option, I'm thinking a floor stand will do the trick. There are many suggestions above, naturally (I'm personally looking at either a Salamander triple or a Sanus SFV65), but I've yet to see a definitive answer to two questions - with the suggestion that viewing center from couch should be 1/3 the way up the screen, what is the preferred average height for the TV stand, taking into consideration the raising of the set when using the built-in "feet". What is the additional height that the pack-in stand adds to the 150 (alas, I couldn't find this number via my searches or on Pio's site). I have to fit this think under my existing wall mounted CC, but want to ensure that the screen is high enough for optimum viewing...
4) HDMI switching - I currently use a monoprice 5x1 for my 4 devices (SA8300, Tosh A1, Panny BD, and Oppo using DVI>HDMI). Any issues with this device and the Plasma? I know there are now four inputs I could use, but running one cable to the set instead of four would be a good thing in my setup. I'm sure there are discrete codes for Pronto/Harmony/etc., but are there distinct IR buttons on the remote to select a specific input (it looked like -no- from first glance at the manual)?
5) I've still got a few hundred LDs that I watch very infrequently, but I'd be interested to hear anybody that's toyed with this source for SD upconversion to native res, particularly if zooming the window-boxed, non-anamorphic "widescreen" sources.
6) The built-in media centre is a pretty cool feature - I've got Vista ultimate, so at the least I know I could serve my MP3s from my shared folder. I also realize that things like divx decoding are outside the normal spec. Are there ways of -streaming- that type of content to the set? Any other work arounds or tricks I should know about that aren't documented?
7) Finally, I'm so used to needing to tweak geometry on a regular basis, is there any long term settings that you guys tweak, or is this literally a set it and forget it process? In other words, if I -was- to invest in an ISF calibration, it would hypothetically last for a much longer period of the sets lifetime compared to my beast of a CRT, no?
I think that's all the things dancing through my head this morning, thanks for your help and for the silly questions above. I've got that nice mix of anticipation and nausea that comes before any serious purchase, so this may help not only me but others that have the same silly questions.