Originally Posted by Maxximtl
The trouble is I can see the blotches in any dark scene, or if there is material that leaves bars on the top and bottom of the screen. Its very noticeable. Otherwise, the picture is great.
I've got the brightness turned down to 40 (I am using basic settings from the calibration spreadsheet for now.)
I also ran into a HDMI handshake issue lastnight. I was watching cable and suddenly lost picture and audio for no apparent reason. For the life of me I couldn't get it back. I finally ended up having to run a component connection from the box to get the signal back again.
A little variation in brightness of a blank screen is to be expected, but you should not notice any during normal viewing, even in low light level scenes, so you may indeed have a problem.
The HDMI problem should not exist at all. I have had several Toshiba sets and never had a handshake problem with any cable on any source ever, regardless of which componet was started first or if it was switched on and off and on again.
There are four possibilities.
It could be that particular HDMI input of the tv.
It could be all HDMI inputs to the tv
It could be the cable.
It could be the HDMI output of the cable box.
I have actually encountered the last three problems. Unfortunately for you, the most likely scenario is one of the first two, which for a new set would mean an immediate call for replacement. Unplug it and start over. I must warn you though, that these circuitry gremlims, once they rear their ugly heads, usually don't go away and stay away; they usually get worse.