Originally Posted by hmunster2
I know that comcast's signal variation from one channel to another is sometimes dramatic, but are you having an issue with skintones on the live cable news channels and live local news? I would think that these would be good.
Does the HX800 have an issue producing accurate skintones?
Live news and sports looked pretty darn good with our prior settings and look even more natural now. Issues? I wouldn't call it issues per se, just more or less dialing in a personal preference, like getting skintones to lean more pinkish instead of greenish. It's all rather subtle to be quite honest. The problem with cable feeds is that over the long list of channels you can get some extreme variance in color representation in general, thereby making it a task to get the average to look good across all content whilst countering those commercials, channels and whatnot that appear overly saturated or simply "off" because of the poor source material. The true test of any TV IMHO is how colors are reproduced on more controlled feeds which means bluray. As I had mentioned previously, the key is getting the average to be good overall, balanced with best color representation achievable on the better, reference channels.
Using Live Color seems to warm the skintones, without shifting everything else out of wack, when coupled with the Neutral color temp setting and the lowered Color level. Using Live Color definitely appears more limited or controlled than simply using the Warm color temp settings that shift the entire gamut, which can end up poluting the whites. YMMV. Maybe the Warm settings in conjunction with Clear White are a good alternate combination but I've not tried that and don't see the need - we're liking what we see now.
Here's what we consider reference channels:
Local FOX (49er games look freaking awesome)
During the 49er/Vikings game, the field was changing from brightly lit to evening shadows and when players moved from the sun to the shade the HX800 did an outstanding job of reproducing the reds and purples of the uniforms as well as very pleasing skintones, no matter the level or balance of sunlight to stadium light present. The jerseys were bright in the sun, just like they look in person, without looking on fire or fluorescent - if that makes any sense.
And to key in on what you said, yes, live feeds in HD tend to look the best - that or well produced shows like those found on HD Theater, Sci Channel (not to be confused with SyFy) and TLC.
We watched the Mecum Auction Saturday night and all the cars looked phenomenal.