Originally Posted by Z-Mad
Benananda, certainly welcome on the settings - glad if they help get some level of improvement on your set as well.
Regarding black tone, as well as most other "enhancement" type settings, I would normally keep them all switched off as well. However, sometimes I give some of them a try (depending on TV) at least to see if they offer any level of improvement in overall picture quality and viewing experience - and anything that can help with black levels is generally welcome. So I am simply giving black tone a try: so far I am not certain if it truly helps much or if it just further lowers brightness overall. So playing with the black tone setting should be done in combination with the brightness setting. If you turn off the black tone, you can go lower with brightness, and if you set black tone higher, you need to increase brightness setting. It may be just a wash between the 2, so if you want to experiment with this as well, do let me know what you are seeing. Ultimately, the overall calibration will not be affected by it, so you just need to decide what looks better to you: black tone with increased brightness setting, or no black tone with lowered brightness setting. In the end, you just need to make sure you are seeing the deepest black the panel can produce without crushing detail.
LED clear motion introduces flicker that to me is noticeable. Some people are not sensitive to it and may not see the flicker, but some do. Clear motion uses black frame interpolation (basically strobes the backlight at a high rate that some don't notice but some do). If you do not notice the flicker, there is certainly nothing wrong with using clear motion. To increase the brightness of the picture due to clear motion making it a bit darker, do NOT change the brightness setting, but simply increase backlight setting! Clear motion does not reduce "brightness" but reduces light output, so it can be compensated for by increasing the backlight setting...
Hope this is helpful
Hey, ZMad. Thanks again for a great 10 point calibration. Here's my preliminary results/thoughts.
The first time I watched a film with your movie mode settings I was taken aback. SO dark! So, I tried your Cal-Day instead for color and White Balance (though I left it in movie mode). Well, that didn't work. Not sure what went wrong, but I tested 10point on and off and noticed a definite loss of detail in whites, such as in videos of clouds. Also, Black Tone definitely created a black crush at given settings. (though I still want to play with this in the future). So...I went back to piratecove's... and it was SO bright! lol. And washed out.
I now realize this was my initial reaction to movie mode (SO yellow) when it was actually pretty decent at stock setting after all. But, wanting more, I went back your B.T.1886 movie mode, now that my eyes had adjusted to the dark. Great! Love it!
with some amendments.
I took out Cinema Black (it kills the picture around black bars, planets, ect.) and Black Tone, and set brightness at 46. 46 is the number needed to get the most detail. 45 is a slight loss, and 47 is when you really notice the screen brighten. I certainly noticed the increase in dark detail because of the gamma curve. Excellent! Brights also popped like never before. Also the color is pretty good, muting the extremes found in the Auto setting without overly noticeable changes.
On LED Clear mode: I do notice the flicker on 60hz content and with natural light. In a dark room I never notice it, so lucky I guess. I do increase backlight to compensate, about 2-3 notches, but, with your settings I think I might be losing some of the contrast I've gained. I'm going to play with this some more, but I don't want to lose any pop. I'm comfortable with a backlight no greater than 8, as I have no perceivable flashlighting at that level. We'll see. Maybe with black tone.... :-P
more to come!