Originally Posted by tcmo
Just bought this tv. Can the gray scale be set without instruments? I can not figure out how to do it. The manual is no help at all and instructions I found on this site don't help me either. He says to adjust the RGB until they balance. I do not understand this at all.
First of all, try and relax and enjoy, take your time learning a few things, and congratulations on the new TV! It is best if you have something like the Avia DVD for home theater, but that will only help for HDMI, Component, or other inputs. I provided gray level settings for the tuner if you are using it, besides HDMI. By plugging in the following settings, you TV will look much better than the factory settings. Make sure you selected "Home" when you first ppowered up the TV and it asked on the screen for Home or Store.
This is for the Off The Air antenna input or Cable if you have it, but it will be close for HDMI also. I have other settings for the HDMI inputs , But try these first to get you going. Before you make any adjust ments, go into the Expert Control and tun off all the other things like Dynamic Contrast, Dynamic Color, etc, set Gamma to low, etc. These setting are mentioned in Post #177.
If you wish to get close to a good grayscale, go into the Menu,, Then Picture, and select ISF Expert1. Then go to Post #177 here in this thread. Plug in the values for each setting that is shown and you will have a good starting point. In the "Expert Control" you have to set the R (red), G, (green), and B (blue) values by starting at IRE 100 and set Red to 3, Green to 4, and Blue to -5. Then step back up to 100 IRE, depress the left < arrow on the remote and select IRE 90. Repeat for each IRE point down to 0 ( make sure you select 10 point method previously, not 2 point). Once you set these, you can check the gray scale using the "Expert Pattern" feature in the menu, and select Pattern 2. This will show a test screen with color bars, a small gray scale, and more for sharpness settings.
Don't be afraid, you can always do a picture reset and start over. It will just take a little familiarity if you are the kind of person that likes tweaking things!
It would help if you read page 5 and 6 also in this thread as some questions are answered. You can always ask more questions. Have you ever done gray scale settings on any TV?