Ive been reading up on this thread. Few things I will share here.
1. I have horizontal banding.......but it didnt start till AFTER I had logged about 150 hours on the machine, and it also seemed to happen right after I updated to firmware 2.51..........could the firmware and horizontal banding be related?
Anyway, I was able to call Tigerdirect on the last day of the return period and they sent me a call tag, picked up the unit on their dime and are sending me a brand new replacement. Hope this is the only swapout I need to do.
2. For user settings, I noticed mine are significantly different than the recommended settings. I use a basic 100" matte white screen with about 1.1 gain, which is VS's recommended starting point I believe.
Some observations and settings.
A. Warm 1, Cinema mode on Eco lamp mode seem to be most accurate.
B. People talk about leaving sharpness control to around 20-30, but I find that its best left at 0.
C. Detail enhancement. Alot of people say to keep it around 2 or 3, but I find it also is best left at 0. Even at 1 you can see artificial enhancement to the picture.
D. In Eco lamp mode on warm 1/ cinema mode I have contrast set at 40 in a darkroom, and brightness at 60. Going below 60 in brightness tends to crush blacks. How people are getting lower settings is beyond me, even in a completely dark room.
E. In PCS tab, I actually use the user mode so that I can individually tailor the primary and secondary colors. The hue setting does not need to be touched, but the saturation has been dropped about 12-2 clicks depending on the color. The only exception is yellow where I raise saturation 2 clicks. With these settings, I am getting perfect looking primary and secondary colors and blend using some quality D65 glass color filters(green,red,blue).
F. 24p: I know the Viewsonic accepts and plays 24p content, but does it do it via multiples of 24 frames(like say 72hz for a Pioneer plasma or 96hz via the new Samsung plasmas)??? Or is it me because I seem to see some jerkiness in the picture at times..........seems like it does 3:2 pulldown on 24p content and does not smooth it out like some of the current plasma tvs. Like to know more about this.
G. Gamma: I use the 2.2 setting. BUt is there any free downloadable content to accurately set up gamma? Or do I need some specialty tool to do it? I have the typical DVE blu ray disc along with the Spears and Munsil blu disc as well. The only thing I cant seem to set up manually due to lack of test patterns is gamma........love some help here.