Now that I'm happy with the general performance of my 32LD450, thanks in large part to the Nvidia EDID fix and a new HDMI cable, I've finally found time to sit and really start working toward ideal IQ. I've since discovered several tidbits which run contrary to what the majority find appealing, keeping in mind that this is totally
subjective. It should also be noted that I'm not interested in 100% color accuracy. My top priorities are deep blacks, white whites and the clearest picture (and text) possible.
DISCLAIMER: This is not a pro calibration. These are subjective opinions from a guy who wants a screen for gaming, movies and surfing. I have a hardware calibrated 24" IPS for color critical work, so I can afford to be a little fast and loose.
I started by using pbc's 10-Point IRE settings
as they go a long
way toward solving the majority of grievous grayscale errors this set suffers out of the box. I then made a few tweaks.
1. Black Level "High". I've tried several times to calibrate this thing using black level "Low", but I always end up either crushing the blacks or having to sacrifice overall black quality while I crank the brightness to reduce crush. I've since switched to "High" and the Lagom test
thanks me. I honestly don't see a major loss in overall black level performance. I simply see more shadow detail on high. No crush whatsoever with pcb's settings.
2. Contrast 99. I'd have it at 100 if I could, but the difference between 99 and 100 is quite a bit of white clipping. Again, Lagom
likes 99. No clipping w/ pcb's settings.
So that takes care of black crush and white clip.
3. Backlight 13. I'm still messing with this in combination with brightness, but to offset the high contrast I find lowering the backlight is beneficial. It also deepens the blacks without crushing them. For me, subjectively, too much backlight adds a blue tinge to the blacks regardless of color management, and it drives me batty in games like L4D2 and Amnesia: Dark Descent (which I happen to be playing; Happy Halloween!). Yes, it does make for a dimmer picture, most obvious in Windows, but it's not too bad. It also reduces glare and eyestrain and I personally think it's quite striking in games and movies. Whites are still white without being caustic and neon. To be honest, I've always preferred a dimmer picture.
4. Edge Enhancement "Low". In combination with default H 50 and V 57. I feel this offers the clearest text with my config. This likely has everything to do with the EDID fix. Before I had it in place, Edge Enhancement "Off" with H 34 and V 57 were the best alternative. Oddly, vertical sharpness is still whacky even with the correct EDID. Cranking it up 7 points makes all the difference. I've been using this
test image and Neilo's red 4:4:4 image (can't find a link) to "perfect" my sharpness settings. "Off" is a good alternative, though "High" is hideous. Again, this is very subjective as I wear corrective lenses while on the PC.
So that's where I'm at following several hours of tweaking, playing, tweaking and playing some more. The blacks are very impressive with proper lighting, though still underwhelming when viewed in a dark environment. The low backlight helps and I've yet to set up my bias lighting, which would likely improve matters. It should be noted that, even in the dark, the LG blacks kill
my 50" Samsung plasma.
As usual: YMMV!