Prior to applying the v2001.3 firmware update, I wrote down all of my settings, knowing full well, that the update would likely reset everything. At that point, all my set points were almost identical to the CNet settings. I had used the Avia calibration DVD and some really ancient gray scale gear I have left over from the days of CRTs. I was correct in that the firmware change did, in fact, wipe out my previous settings.
I put them all back in for my DVD player input (HDMI-1) and it all really looked quite awful! Obviously the firmware change had other effects than those listed by Samsung in their ReadMe file. So, I started from scratch and went through the entire process again. The results were very different from the first time around. I cannot, in my mind, account for all of the changes, but I am so happy with the results that I am just going to go with it...
I am going to put up an image of the numbers if any of y'all would like to try them out. One of the key changes is that previously the White Balance numbers were all over the place. Post update, a couple of them (Red and Green) moved one point each so I just left them all at 25 as the changes were not detectable to my eye and it's easier to go with the default setting. The other big change is that I did not have the Dynamic Contrast on and now it is set to LOW and the difference is profound! It's as though it just wasn't working properly before. It is a hair too high in a completely dark room, but the trade-off is fair and I very much like the consistent image and the excellent blacks. Also, Color Tone is pretty much spot-on for me using Cool-1 instead of Warm-1 where it was before.
Keep in mind that individual sets and components may vary quite a bit, so there's no guarantee that this will work for anyone else.
HDMI-1 is an OPPO DV-983H upscaling DVD player putting out 1080p
HDMI-2/DVI is an Xbox 360 also set to put out 1080p (A note here that when playing Gears of War, BioShock, Call of Duty 4, and Army of Two, the screen was completely free of judder, trailing or artifacts even when it looked like a fireworks display.)
Component-1 is an old Scientific Atlanta Cable Box that has DVI out but it's not HDCP compliant so I'm using a component conection.
Component-2 is an ILO DVDR-04 DVD recorder set to output 480p
Composite Video-1 is just the OSD (On Screen Display) for my Onkyo receiver so I didn't bother to calibrate it...I can read the info, so who cares?...
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