I still really like the panel. I have the plastic bezel unit. FW ends in a A17. I mounted my TV and can't really see the serial to d/l the latest, but according to my research the A17 was the latest.
I adjusted the contrast, brightness, saturation, etc through the panel though using Spears&Munsil Blu-Ray calibration disc available on Amazon. I set the Blu-Ray in "HD" inputs in source mode at 1X1. Once in a while I while watch it in game mode for PiP and noise reduction OFF. I haven't watched in gaming mode enough to see a noticeable difference.
I recently (2 days ago) turned off all the extra settings like noise reduction, cinemotion, cue, all that seemed relevant and let my blu-ray player handle everything. By turning off the panels user enabled features, I am trying to isolate the source of the occasional motion blur/smear that I can see in sources. When I actively look for fast motion, I can't see the blur. Its on movement which I wouldn't expect the lag of the panel. After another couple of viewings, I'll try to update my anecdotal results. I may try the lag test again if I have some time.
I have played around a bit with lowering the backlight for all room types (and added "bias" lighting).
I haven't seen the red trails since I last posted about it (34s of a year ago) and it seemed source related (a particular cable channel) to me. Once in a blue moon, I get a source input change that shows 3 greenish squares along the bottom. Very rare for me now, but usually its a composite (wii) input and a input or power cycle resolves it.
I am not really using it for generic TV watching anymore for reasons other than performance of the panel. I usually use an AVR for audio, however, I did try "wide sound" (TV speakers from SD TV tuner source/no AVR) and I was pretty impressed. It did actually sound like audio was coming from the side walls.
I do get the loud crack noise every once in a while that makes me shudder, but usually the audio obscures it.
In trying to figure out what the marketing jargon on the stickers that line this panel and the menu system, I have come across the following results:Cinemotion & Cue
related to HQV Film Cadencing and Video/Film DetectionBig Picture Technology(TM) delivers up to 11% more of the digital broadcast image and up to 37% more of analog images without distortion so viewers can see more of the picture displayed on each side of the TV.
Is this crop? related and processing on the uncropped image? Apparently cropping for a tuner source is different that a non-tuner source.Director's Image(TM) enables viewers to see realistic content in the same way that the director intended images to be displayed. Director's Image features calibrated color temperature (6500 K) at 2.2 gamma, red/green/blue gain controls and offsets, optimized gray scales, black level adjustment for NTSC and ATSC, full range contrast adjustment, color and tint colors for red/blue saturation and sharpness.
-"factory calibrated default values" and settings adjustment in the hidden menu, 4:4:4 color sampling, and general settingsD2Audio's patented Intelligent Digital Amplifier(TM) delivers sophisticated sound quality and an immersive listening experience
-treble, bass, synch, wide sound and iDiva settings, etc.
I just looked dipped back into the manual again. I used to use a Component non upscaling dvd player (Jamo DMR60) and it suggests "YPbPr is set at default to best perform with FHD 1080p content, set Input to "Interlace DVD" for best performance with regular 480i and 480p content". Since it was a progressive DVD player, i had used mode "Progressive DVD". I thought the difference between 480p and 480i refers to interlacing...On another thread
there is mention that "user mode" is for de-interlacing. I can't tell if that means no de-interlacing or yes de-interlacing.
However nothing is mentioned for "Picture Mode -Input" for any other source.
I wanted a FP before I bought this, but this has been a pretty good unit. In my opinion, as a 2007 model year unit (released in 2006), its held its own.
Its a shame power supply issues are disabling these units, and I keep my fingers crossed every time I hit the power button that it boots up.