My Amazon.com Review: August 25th 2014
I purchased a Sharp LC-70LE650U, to replace a 5 year old Panasonic Plasma TC-P65S1. I loved the picture on my Panny, but my living room is too bright, and I was always frustrated with screen glare.
When I got my new Sharp setup, my heart sunk when I saw the picture. My friend and I (both audio-video nuts) were shaking our heads trying to imagine how Sharp could release a product with such horrible factory defaults. I tried to convince myself not to get too excited, as I was already aware of this fact from reading comments/reviews. That said, I was hoping people were just exaggerating. They weren’t.
Next, I configured the video parameters using popular CNET calibration settings, as I figured this would serve as a good starting point:
AV Mode: Movie
R: -3, Y: 0, G: 0, C: 0, B: 0, M: 0
CMS -Saturation R +4 Y -1 G -4 C 0 B 0 M 0
Color Temp: greyed out
10 point setting: On
+1: 0, 0, 0
+2: +12, +3, 0
+3: +15, +11, +2
+4: +2, -2, -3
+5: +1, +1, -1
+6: +1, +1, 0
+7: +2, -2, -4
+8: -7, -1, -6
+9: +4, 0, -2
+10: -5, 0, 0
Motion Enhancement Off
Active Contrast Off
Gamma Adjustment -2
Film Mode Std
Digital Noise Reduction Off
Range of OPC Max +16
I popped in a BluRay - The Powerful Oz - which provides a lot of color, and thus would give me a good sense for what this TV was capable of color-wise. The CNET settings helped settle things down a bit, but reds were still way overblown. I wish I were exaggerating. I was very close to bringing the TV back.
Alas, I figured I would give it one last try. Despite my concerns with doing so, I adjusted the CMS –Saturation parameter to -25 (Max of -30). It seems crazy to me that I would have to go to this extent, but it was absolutely necessary. I put popped in another Blu-Ray - Inception - and to my relief, reds were no longer making my eyes bleed. The starlet in the film wears a burgundy-red coat, and the coat looked perfect. I can only hope this is something that won't get worse.
Once I did the above, the picture actually looks very nice. Blacks are deep for an LCD panel, and colors are rich. This TV is capable of a bright picture, which when coupled with the (semi) Matte finish of the screen resulted in a big improvement over my old plasma, which was essentially unwatchable in my living space.
One last thing worth mentioning – I did see the lip sync issue people are talking about right before I went to bed. I saw it while using my Roku as the source. I don’t know what resolved it (cannot recall), but the problem disappeared, and never reappeared last night.
OK all, I’ll post an update once I get a Disney WOW calibration disc, and really put the TV through it’s paces.
Best of Luck!