Originally Posted by gregka
I can only speak for the E600i-B3. I welcome any settings that
you may think can further improve the pic. At this time I serioulsy doubt that can be better but you never know.
But CNET's settings cannot be right, first of all the setting is on NORMAL so you must give up the true whites (there is no way to fix that once you select "normal") In addition you will have no true reds. Other than that I have no idea on the E550i-B2. I think the CNET evaluation was for the 50 inch....good luck.
I started with the settings from this thread
with calibrations for 55" and 42" models (it recommends using the 55" set for sets 50" and larger). After trying those settings, I popped in the WOW disc and ran through the Brightness, Contrast, Color, Tint and Sharpness settings and found my set to require these settings:
Picture Mode: Custom 1
Auto Brightness Control: Off
Backlight: 65 (doesn't seem to matter though whether 90 or the 32 it keeps resetting to)
I found it impossible to set brightness/contrast with Active LED Zones on, but the resulting settings while "correct" had washed-out gray blacks. I started Avatar and it looked flat, but when I turned LED zones on, the picture got noticeably better, much punchier and I didn't notice any crushing on either end from my sampling of Avatar, Prometheus and Life of Pi, though the last didn't seem quite right. (Looking for my Gravity disc and will look at Pacific Rim and others tonight.) I haven't done the 12,000 settings for 11-way gray scale (why can't we copy these settings across inputs?) for my PS3/X360/HD input yet.
As for your beef against Normal color temperature, how can you say that you give up fidelity when you're choosing to use a bluer color temp set and then crank up the brightness to the point it blows out the whites and then make up for that by boosting the Black Detail? (This seems to be the video equivalent of a U-shaped, scooped-mids EQ curve.) When I looked at the set's ramp patterns with your settings, the two rightmost bars were almost indistinguishable, but after setting with WOW, they are quite distinct.
I understand there are differences between models and individual units plus personal preferences, but I'm just looking to get it as close to "reference" (as a $550 TV can get) as possible. Coincidentally, on my travels to Costco, I stopped at Beast Buy and noticed they had a display selling Geek Squad's HDTV Calibration services which had a pair of TVs from off the same source saying, "Look at the differences." Looks like one was set to Vivid or some torch mode and the other was dialed in.
I think people are used to looking at uncalibrated business-grade computer monitors under fluorescent lighting and thus think that bright bluish whites are "normal" and when they see a calibrated TV or profiled monitor (I'm a photographer) that it seems "dark" and "reddish." If you put an ISF-calibrated panel on the showroom wall next to any set's stock or vivid modes, most people would chose the torch set because it looks bright.
Anyone else have darkish clouding in the corners? Anything that can be done for that? They're invisible when watching widescreen material, but 16:9 stuff brings it out.