I got a LN55B650 two weeks ago. I am using Component cables, not HDMI. It was made in January 2010. It has the CN01 panel. I went thru this thread and have tried numerous suggested settings and as some others have found, the following worked best for me with a few exceptions I will note after the quote:
Originally Posted by douglashowitzer:
I've also posted these settings in the owner's thread. The only change I've made is that I now use an Auto Motion setting of 10/10 for video games. I know its blasphemy but I can deal with a little artifacting for the insane frame rate that it provides. I've also been toying with a "Warm 1" Color Temp but I think I still like "Normal". I know "Warm 2" is the standard but it's much too red for me.
Calibrated with the Digital Video Essentials (DVE) Blu-Ray
With an HDMI connection:
Movie (I was wrong........I unfortunately can confirm that there IS auto-dimming in every mode except Movie. I guess the scenes I was comparing with weren't dark enough. In an extremely dark scene, if you decrease the Backlight in Standard, Natural or Dynamic Mode, you will notice that it stops getting darker after you hit 3. In Movie Mode this doesn't happen and is certainly indicative of auto-dimming.)
Backlight: 4 for Night Viewing, 6 for Daytime
Contrast: 95 (This produced the brightest whites without losing the greyscale variation. Engaging "Dynamic Contrast" destroyed the variation of the whites at the upper end of the scale.)
Brightness: 44 (On the large greyscale pattern, this preserved the deepest black the signal could provide while still showing the entirety of the greyscale. An increase to 45 actually made the black appear more grey, and decreasing to 43 kept the same deep level of black as 44 but started crushing the greyscale variation. 44 was absolutely perfect.)
Sharpness: 0 (I keep it at 0 for TV, Blu-ray and DVD, but use 15 for gaming.)
Color: 50 (These Samsung's are great, saturation was perfect at the default setting.)
Tint (G/R) 50/50
Black Tone: Off (I wish everyone could see what happens to the greyscale when this is enabled, it completely crushes the variation but produces absolutely NO increase in black level. They should call this setting "Detail Destroyer".)
Dynamic Contrast: Off (Same here, this setting destroys the white end of the greyscale and results in a HUGE loss of detail in near white situations. Keep this thing OFF!!)
Gamma: 0 (I understand that some people have mentioned that Spanbauer's settings appear "washed out"....That's NOT due to Movie Mode and the lack of Auto-Dimming, it's due to the Gamma setting of 2. With the Gamma at 2, the TV comes out of black WAY to quickly which results in a washed out picture. Put your gamma at 0 and I'm sure your picture will improve.)
Color Space: Custom (This where things get really tricky. After doing the color calibration you will see the biggest difference in your Greens, trees and foliage will no longer appear neon green but instead natural. Using the setting of "Auto" results in a Red Primary that isn't accurate and also less saturated Greens. Using the "Native" setting results in a slightly more accurate Red than "Auto", but a HIGHLY inaccurate Green. For some reason "Custom", without anything changed, produced the most accurate primaries of all 3 settings. The only primary that needs adjustment is Green, Red and Blue were basically perfect. The secondaries (Cyan, Yellow and Magenta) can all be brought in line with the following settings except for a slight deviation in Magenta. However with a little tweaking, all colors were near perfect. In the custom color setting adjust the following colors as follows: Adjust the green setting of "Green" to 54. Adjust the green setting of "Yellow" to 56. Adjust the green setting of "Cyan" to 48. Now cycle through all 3 modes ("Auto", "Native" and "Custom") while viewing something that should appear green and you will immediately notice the difference.)
White Balance: Default (I use a color temp of "Normal" so my whites appear to my eye as they should. I know some people like to use "Warm 2" and then adjust the white balance, but I've always thought those settings appeared WAY too red and I don't like it at all. I stick with Default White Balance and a Color Temp of Normal.)
Flesh Tone: 0
Edge Enhancement: Off
Color Tone: Normal
Size: Screen Fit
Digital NR: Off
HDMI Black Level: Low
Auto Motion Plus 120Hz: 10/5 for TV, Blu-ray and DVD//10/8 for gaming (I love the look of Auto Motion contrary to many posters.) END Of Quote....
I am using component cables due to HDMI issues with my FIOS box and the tv, so I altered the settings a little.
Sharpness - 20 (I like the more defined, clearer (to my eyes) look)
Color Space - Auto (I did none of the adjustments in Douglas' post)
Size - 16:9
Edge Enhancement - ON (for a clearer looking pic)
Color Tone-Warm 2
There is no Black Level adjustment with Component cables.
Auto Motion - Custom blur-10, dejudder-2.
I raise or lower the Backlight as necessary for room lighting conditions. But I don't change the other settings. We also have a rope light attached to the back of the tv and it provides a very nice halo effect/room light for night watching.
I see no light bleed from any part of the screen with this C panel. Black all around and very dark.
I'm not especially good at calibrating tvs so the help offered in the thread was most welcome. I decided not to do all the Color Space adjustments suggested and just went with Auto, easier for me.
Thanks to Douglashowitzer for a great post.