Originally Posted by MMakoto
Anthony5362, i have been trying to ask you this question, but always forget every time reading this thread. anyway, i see that you were one of the bunch that has noticed the jaw-dropping pictures this new update has given, so i wanted to ask you; prior to this update, did you have any custom picture settings or it was the default un-tweaked settings? myself and along with others have noticed minimal differences after the update, and i've done the tv reset a few times as well-but not noticing any big difference. btw, i have the banded 65".
Not speaking for Anthony, but as one of the members that saw significant improvements from the latest update, I can tell you that my settings were customized, and not factory default settings. i would go between Movie and Standard modes, with custom adjustments within each mode. After the update, I am pretty much using Standard mode exclusively, still with similar custom settings, however I have completely turned off any dynamic contrast and black tone settings. These previously were set to "Low" and "Dark" respectively.
For me, on my 8000, the blacks are much darker, without crushing detail, and somehow my infamous "V" has disappeared whereas before I could consistently make it appear in certain conditions. I have been happy with my set for the most part, once I got my settings dialed in, but after the latest FW update, it looks even better, with the deepest, richest blacks I have seen yet on my set.
I did the full reset after about a week of viewing the update without doing so. I did NOT notice a difference after the full reset - other than having to go back through all of my settings for each input again. The factory default settings really weren't watchable in my opinion, in any mode. Those that don't make adjustments I think are really missing the true value of this amazing set.