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Sony KDF-55WF655 Questions

06-14-2005, 05:08 AM
HDTV newbie here, two general questions...

First, are the video/picture settings a matter of personal preference or are there optimal settings for this specific TV? For now I'm assuming those are the factory settings and leaving them in place...

Second, this is first TV I've had with a standby light that stays on 100% of the time... is this by design and does anyone know why? Probably not a big deal, but I'm a little obsessive about it to be absolutely honest...

Thanks in advance!

06-14-2005, 08:29 AM
Standby lights are becoming more prevalent in lots of equipment these days. It should not be a concern. If the standby light disappears, either there is an equipment problem, or the display was accidently unplugged.
You do not want to power the display from a switched outlet. It has a projection lamp that requires cool down time after turn off using an internal fan.
The potential for improvement in that display is huge. At a minimum you should run Avia, or Video Essentials DVD and adjust the basic settings for picture, brightness, color, hue & sharpness. You are doing yourself a disservice by not doing so. If it had been a CRT based display, you could very well cause burn-in on the screen over time using out of the box settings.
At maximum, a professional calibration would produce excellent results.
Remember, most sets are adjusted to wow you in the showroom, not provide the most accurate picture for HD and film.
Congrats on your new purchase! You can find tons of info here and other A/V forums to help you get the most out of the experience.

06-14-2005, 04:49 PM
Thanks for the feedback, are any of the calibration DVD's better then another? Sounds like a major oversight if I don't pick one up...

06-14-2005, 06:59 PM
A standby light shows the device is ready to respond to a remote control.

06-14-2005, 08:05 PM
and they are lots less in price

06-14-2005, 09:13 PM
Heres a excel spread sheet of a 55 that has been tweaked.

06-14-2005, 09:44 PM
Heres a excel spread sheet of a 55 that has been tweaked.

That IS dangerous, and with settings similar to mine!
Not for the faint of heart, or more appropriately, someone technically inclined, who can follow directions and is not in a rush.

06-14-2005, 09:48 PM
and they are lots less in price

The XS gives you more control. You do have to do some gamma tweaks in the service menu to get the WF close. The gamma corrector is probably the nicest feature for a technology that has poor black levels compared to CRT based displays.
Even then the XS will have some edge on marginal program material. Of course, that's not what most of us watch. Both are fine examples of today's technology for LCD projection. About the best in my unbiased opinion... :D

06-14-2005, 09:57 PM
have you replaced any bulbs yet. trying to figure out the life span of one of their bulbs.

06-14-2005, 10:14 PM
have you replaced any bulbs yet. trying to figure out the life span of one of their bulbs.

Just going on 5 mos. I've heard they do quite well. Lowest I heard was 3K hours. But I read of a couple over 7000 hours. Estimated life is 8000.

06-15-2005, 12:47 AM
8000 i believe is the projected lifespan by sony, but that is normally at optimum settings...and nobody would use that because it isn't good picture quality. LCD bulb life is normally a little bit better then DLP, but estimates I normally hear are about 6000. If you watch about 5 hours of TV a day (round figure; longer on weekends, shorter on weekdays) you are looking at about 3 years.

If you are going to be getting the warranty from wherever you buy it...some places (ie: best buy) consider it maintenance. On the front of the TV is an LED, or two, if either one of those is illuminated when it shouldn't be (some do when the tv warms up) then you can call and get it replaced. so me...i say watch as much TV as you want and burn through em if you have a warranty :)

As to adjusting settings...ALWAYS do so. If you want an easy guide, go spend about an hour in best buy, lol...there internal loop has a few easy suggestions for picture enhancement. Most TV's are shipped "display ready" for stores, which normally means the brightness is pumped up. Reason for this is because stores are very bright, and for the TV's to look good in those conditions, their brightness has to be up. In your home however, this not only doesn't look very good, but in the case of a TV that runs off a bulb or can have burn in, it is just shortening the life of it.

Sometimes places give out basic settings CD's for free...they don't always have them (kind of a promo thing), but ask and maybe they will. Otherwise, they run about $10-$20 (depending upon if they just do the TV, or your entire theater system).