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Discovered to my surprise that the settings are not only per input (i.e. you can set one input to setting A and another to setting B), but that the block of settings is duplicated for each input (i.e. User and Movie and Dynamic on input A are NOT the same as User, etc. on input B). As I mentioned above, I liked the looks of zeroing out Color and Tint to fix the flat, clay-like skin tones on DirecTV news channels and thought the settings on User were in effect for my Blu-ray player's input, but while running Disney WOW, I discovered that the BD input was still on the +/-7 settings.
A larger, more troubling aspect of all this tinkering is how do we know how to set the C.M.S. Hue/Saturation/Value settings. WOW just deals in Brightness, Contrast, Color, and Tint. I used it to dial in the Movie setting and looked at some of the test clips and Monsters Inc. looked terrific, but PotC 3 looked sickly and when I toggled back and forth between Movie (calibrated with WOW) and User (josay's settings), the latter looked much brighter and punchier, but I can't trust them as accurate, can I? I switched over to Attack of the Clones and it looked fine with josay's, BUT I'm torn between the picture looking "good enough" and looking "as the filmmaker's intended." What exactly are all the C.A.S. settings for and how do I test them?
I've also got some clouds visible when there's white text, like credits, on a black screen. The opening titles of Blade Runner blank out the screen entirely in between cards, but faint clouds glow otherwise. It's not flashlighting and the matte bars are black, but during some of the really dark scenes in Harry Potter 8, I could see them. Since 99.44% of movies are NOT that dark, how much should I be bothered? I can't really expect Beast Buy to send out unit after unit in hopes of hitting a "perfect" sample.
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