Originally Posted by Ricoflashback
Anthony - - I think your right about the CE dimming - it does seem to be less. I'll have to watch a couple more movies to tell for sure - - but it was quite evident on "Sherlock Holmes" last night as that movie has a lot of dark scenes. (Great soundtrack!)
I'll say this - - if you can get "Standard" to be consistent - - it is an incredible picture. I also have the "Movie" setting that I primarily use with Bluray - - with the only difference being Turboman123 "BT1886" Gamma (White Balance settings - 10p white balance: level 1 all +6, level 2 all +3, level 3 all +1).
What's funny is that after all the tinkering around with the settings from multiple sources found from this thread I am now back to somewhat "Default" settings:
AVR Processing - Marvell QDEO via Pioneer Elite SC65 (absolutely fantastic receiver - especially sound modes - - runs incredibly cool, bi-amped Paradigm Studio 60's V2 fronts with Orb Mod2 Satellites - 7.1 configuration with SL, SR, SBL, SBR)
Picture Mode: Standard
Sharpness: 35 (I know - everyone says it's too high but I've tinkered with it multiple times and even cross checked against the WOW disc. It works for me.)
Everything in Advanced Settings set to "Off"
Color Space: Auto
White Balance - Default (25)
Gamma: Default (0)
Color Tone: Standard
Digital Noise Filter: Off
MPEG Noise Filter: Off
AMP: Clear (I've tried them all - "Standard" would be my second choice. I liked "Smooth" but too many motion artifacts to use effectively.)
ECO Sensor: Off - even though I am in the man cave, and have controlled lighting conditions - - I like the Backlight at a constant "10"
I can say this - - the original "Default" settings on my Sammy 65" are not the same as they are now. Is it my eyes or the firmware updates?
Even if you have your set calibrated - - I believe that firmware updates can affect your PQ. Do I know that as an absolute truth? No, but it does make sense. Here is where we run into problems with Samsung not telling us what is in the firmware updates. PQ enhancement? O.K. - what does that mean?
At any rate - - fabulous picture with minimal vertical banding. I'm in the process of a minor remodel on my man cave and having the panel mounted on the wall so I can upgrade to the Paradigm Studio CC690 monster center. Then, in a year or so, I will get a projector for Cinemascope only - 2.35 or 2.40 to 1 screen, 38 X 90. I'll use the Sammy LCD/LED for most viewing (all sports & movies (including 3D) in 16:9) and have a retractable screen pulled down (or electric) over my panel - offset six inches from the wall, which will be for movies and anamorphic material.
When I watch movies in 2.35 to 1 on my Sammy set, I lose 8" of vertical picture - - which really means your watching a 25 1/2 by 59 1/2 screen. That's a lot of real estate. Plus - - since 3D is really not a consideration (I have the Sammy for that) - - the focus will be on getting a 2D projector with the very best blacks and shadow detail. Should be fun! (Hey, that's what it's all about !!!)