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This is a great picture. I see that the sticker on the outside of the box lists that it's SQ02! This means that I might just be able to rifle through a few boxes without having to open them to find an actual Samsung panel.
If the outside sticker is accurate to what's in the box, it will sway me heavily toward the Samsung over the Panasonic.
I have a Samsung LN40C630, manufactured in Mexico, with firmware version 2010/07/28_1001003 with an SQ06 panel. I am very pleased with the quality and detail of both HD and standard pictures on this set. It seems that HD picture quality varies between broadcast channels as they are received by my TV antenna. Jay Leno's face and suit on NBC's 1080i broadcast seem to be somewhat lacking in detail, while David Letterman's face and suit on CBS' 1080i broadcast are very detailed. On ABC's 720p Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White's gown is very detailed. 1080p Blu-ray looks great and 480i DVD looks about as good as it can. The detail level of HD broadcasts varies from program to program.
The main problem that I have had with my LN40C630 is that none of the posted settings from this forum have been able to completely tame my TV's tendency to overplay all red colors. After fixing the flesh tones, red colors seemed to be either too orange or too burgundy. Correcting the reds would make the flesh tones too red. Blues were also inaccurate, but not as obvious as the reds. After trying five or six posted Color Space settings, I was still unable to correct the red and blue problems. After examining the various Color Space settings, I noticed that they all shared the same basic color ratios, with the exception of the Cyan and Magenta settings. The Cyan settings had too much red and the Magenta settings had too much blue. Once I adjusted the red, green and blue settings in these two categories, all of the other color problems were nearly solved. Finally, I ran across a post that had the ideal 10p White Balance settings for my TV. After changing these settings the colors became nearly-perfect.
All of my color calibrations were done by playing my Sharp LC-C3242U next to the Samsung with identical broadcast programming. The Sharp TV has very accurate color and one of the most pleasing pictures that I have ever seen on an LCD TV. After going back and forth, over various channels, I was able to come up with a calibration formula for the Samsung TV that looks great to me. The Sharp and Samsung TVs now have nearly identical pictures. The Samsung's white balance is exactly where I want it. I can play a black and white movie without having the screen appear too green, too red or too blue. It looks just right.
Black levels on the Samsung are the best that I have seen on an LCD TV. Apparently, the SQ panel is the source of the good black levels, but it might also be the cause of a delay between the display and the sound when playing Blu-ray discs. Setting the Audio Delay in the SPDIF Output to 70 has resolved this issue.
For those who have experienced problems getting their Samsung LNxxC630 TV to display accurate red and blue colors, the following settings might help.
SAMSUNG LN40C630 Movie Mode Settings:
HDMI Disc players output 1080i, Roku HDMI player outputs 720p and these devices play in Screen Fit mode. 1080i broadcasts play in Screen Fit mode and 720p programming plays in 16x9 mode.
Tint: Green 50/Red 50
Color Tone: Warm 1
Size: Screen Fit
Digital Noise Filter: Off
MPEG Noise Filter: Off
HDMI Black Level: Low (when not grayed out)
Film Mode: Auto 1 (when not grayed out)
Auto Motion Plus: Custom
Blur Reduction: 8
Judder Reduction: 2
Auto Protection Time: 2 hours
Black Tone: Off
Dynamic Contrast: Off
Shadow Detail: 0
Expert Pattern: Off
RGB Only Mode: Off
Flesh Tone: 0
Edge Enhancement: Off
xvYCC: Off (grayed out)
Color Space: Custom
Red: Red 45, Green 10, Blue 0
Green: Red 15, Green 40, Blue 0
Blue: Red 10, Green 0, Blue 70
Yellow: Red 48, Green 52, Blue 0
Cyan: Red 0, Green 35, Blue 45
Magenta: Red 35, Green 10, Blue 6
10p White Balance: On
Interval 1: Red 0, Green -1, Blue -1
Interval 2: Red 0, Green -1, Blue -1
Interval 3: Red 0, Green -1, Blue -1
Interval 4: Red -1, Green 0, Blue -1
Interval 5: Red 0, Green 0, Blue 0
Interval 6: Red +1, Green 0, Blue 0
Interval 7: Red 0, Green 0, Blue -1
Interval 8: Red 0, Green +1, Blue -2
Interval 9: Red 0, Green +2, Blue -2
Interval 10: Red 0, Green +2, Blue -3
TUNER AND COMPONENT: Standard Mode Settings.
Component DVD plays in 16x9 mode.
The Following Standard mode settings replace the HDMI Movie Mode settings:
Color Space: Custom
Red: Red 40, Green 10, Blue 0
Green: Red 15, Green 45, Blue 0
10p White Balance: On
Interval 1: Red 0, Green 0, Blue 0
Interval 2: Red 0, Green 0, Blue -1
Interval 3: Red 0, Green 0, Blue -1
can someone explain the difference between gamma and brightness?
Just picked up a LN40C630 with the SQ06 panel.
While I'm slightly picky with how the settings look, I'm by no means a tweaker... Thanks to scot_wm for the settings... I'm using your first set as my starting point... I do find my tastes requires a bit more black/contrast/pop... This my ruin my future reputation on here, but of the 4 default settings, I tend to lean more towards Dynamic *shocking... Yes, it is a bit too sharp and a bit too blue, but the pop and vibrance is very alluring.
I did watch the Dark Knight on blu ray and the standard, movie, and scot_wm's settings are just too washed out... a film of haze almost...
What settings should I mess with if I wanted to keep, say scot_wm's settings, but wanted to address the washed out/haze look? Bump up the contrast and backlight? Any settings I should turn on? Dynamic contrast?? is that a huge no no?
I say that the stop motion/jittery look really made me upset when I first turned on the set... I went though and turned off all the settings everyone told me to, edge, AMP, and so on... but I'm wondering if one of these, say the dynamic contrast or something, will help my washed out/haze issue...
The warm1 and warm2 exacerbates my problem and I'm tempted to stick with normal...
What's with all this sharpness 25 stuff? Have any of you actually looked at an HD sharpness pattern? That added white halo around everything is not part of the original content. It's additional material that degrades the picture. A little bit of sharpness, about 5 max, is almost always plenty for SD or overly compressed HD content.
Mine is set at 0. 1 to 7 does nothing to improve the picture and 8+ looks worse and worse.