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The other issue that comes up is that the Brightness control might show step 16 against black at say +1 but set it to 0 and you lose step 17 but can see 18 or 19. It would be worse to leave the control at +1 to show step 17 because the black level, step 16 would be raised too high and the display would lose contrast ratio because of the black level not being as dark as it should be.
Always get black as black as it can be... make step 16 just barely appear, then adjust Brightness 1 step darker so step 16 disappears into the black background. If you lose step 17 or even 18... that may be the best your TV can do. There's a fairly good chance that there's not going to be an adjustment in the panel or projector that will make step 17 or 18 visible without messing something else up. In the end... it's pretty inconsequential if step 17 isn't quite visible. Better that, than to have the black level too high.
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