Originally Posted by petrovy
Much thanks for for the awesome review of realistic user situations, even better than the pablum we get from Cnet and Cons Reports
Have you had a chance to check for screen uniformity issues (with DVE, TVBlink, or equal) such as banding, clouding/mura, dead and lazy pixels, flashlighting?
Do the HDMI connections seem sound and strong, or are they too tight or too loose and flimsy?
On some other physical aspects of the 71, since I can't really tell from the picts so far: does the enclosure look well made or does it look like cheap shinny plastic? Are those vert strips on the side speakers some silver metal or silver plastic and are the speaker baffles a clear plastic ?
Thanks again for your valuable input.
Ok, I popped in the Avia or Avai disk to calibrate the set a little. No easy task either. I got the settings for the blu ray on my ps3 right to where most people wouldn't watch the set because they are not used to watching a calibrated set. So in a pitch black room the black bars are uniform with the sets bezel. No eye strain and still great depth and clarity and hard to see black crush . I switched it back to movie preset mode to see the difference. The difference was when a really bright scene came one my eyes would start bleeding and I would squint due to the contrast and brightness set up way to high. This mode might work during the day but not in a pitch black room. I do have one dead/stuck pixel I saw last night while cleaning the set. It was blue in color. I don't see it at all from where I am sitting and I was looking for it today but couldn't find it. I also have 2 flashlights. One in the left upper corner, one in the right upper corner. Maybe they are due to the way the 71 is hung on the wall and the pressure from the rear mounts pulling on it as it is slanted at 15 degrees. I only see these flashlight in a pitch black room when the tv is on eye scortch. After calibrating it to pitch black room standards, I saw no flashlights whatsoever. The screen is uniform with no mura, banding, or other artifacts. I am watching it in the preset movie mode right now and I don't see the flashlights. They are small too maybe a 2 inch radius from the corner out. The bezel is really nice. Sitting on my couch I can see my refelction during the day off the bezel and with the tv off, the screen is almost diffused. I can't see as much reflection in the screen as I can in the bezel. The power button is really classy and works great as long as you are not cold blooded. Same with the touch sensitive buttons on the right side of the speaker mounts. I love how they dim once the set turns and powers on. The speakers do have some type of plastic on both side which is directional for the speaker output. Meaning the sound bounces off of them to propbably enhance that SRS. There were also 2 speaker grills on the back of the set for maybe the bass, not sure, you can see them in the pics of the 81 in the 81 site.
Ok so I tried the Ninja gaiden test, sorry would have written sooner but that is a damn fun game. So I got to the top of the cliff where the 2 ninjas come and get you, I finished them off and walked to the edge near the red box. I started to pan around and did notice some refresh line on top and some basic blurring of the trees. I ended up turning the motion plus to high, from med, from low. I got the best results on high as the refresh line went away and the trees seemed normal compared to motionplus off. When you zoom around real fast, did you get the sword on the back to show blurring to the left and right of it? I think this is part of the game so no worries there. But yeah in my testing the motionplus on high made a huge difference in the trees. Maybe Joe can try the same thing.
Ok, what else do you guys have?