Originally Posted by BigSteve82
I noticed something similar recently with my setup, but not using a PS3...
So, I've had a Samsung HL61A750 since about 2008 and it's still going strong. I calibrated it many years ago (using AVSHD.709) and haven't touched the settings since because it looked so good. Recently, however, I began watching the Life series on Bluray and noticed that it had a calibration tool on the disc, so I decided to test it out. Everything seemed perfect except for the brightness setting.
Using the AVSHD.709 disc years ago, I set the brightness to 47 which allowed the bars numbered 17 and up to flash. Turning it down to 46 clipped number 17; setting it to 45 clipped 18; and so on.
On the Life Bluray, the calibration tool uses a screen with A, B, and C bars and tells you to adjust the bars until the A and B bars completely disappear and the C is barely visible. As my TV was set, the A and C were completely visible (B was invisible no matter what) and the background was grey rather than black. Adjusting the brightness of my set to comply with this test resulted in the brightness being dropped to 35. At 35, the A bar disappeared and C was barely visible.
No other settings had changed.
I put the AVSHD.709 disc back in and noticed that on the brightness calibration tool, NO bars were flashing. Every bar was solid black.
Wondering why there was such a difference, and thinking that it was perhaps a problem with the calibration tool on the Life Bluray, I decided to hunt through my collection to find other discs with calibration tools. I located two different THX calibration tools and one Disney calibration tool.
Using these three different calibration tools, the brightness setting matched that of the Life Bluray and completely contradicted the AVSHD.709 disc. Changing the brightness setting on my set from 47 to 35 (and back and forth) while watching an actual movie resulted in some pretty impressive differences and actually looked much better at 35 and I notice no crushing of blacks anywhere in the scene(s).
Does anyone know why there is such a difference? This was all done from a Samsung F5900 3D Bluray player, using HDMI, but the Bluray player has no setting for changing HDMI Black Level so I assume it's set by default to limited/normal. I cannot change the HDMI black level on my set as it's greyed out while using Bluray.
Also, thinking that it was perhaps a problem with my Bluray player, I tried all four of the above mentioned discs with the PS4 and yielded the exact same results.
Something else that I noticed is, using the brightness setting of 35 and playing PS4 (RGB/Color set to Full) and 360 (set to Expanded and RGB), games DO appear to have crushed blacks. Changing them to limited HDMI output seems to correct the issue.
Have I had the wrong setting for this television for all these years?!