Originally Posted by boostedgta
Thanks Johnfull for these great settings. I used the "user" calibration and I'm very pleased with it so far. I actually couldn't believe the difference it made when compared to "out of the box"--it's like an entirely different TV now.
Just 2 questions though--I read this thread but could have missed it somewhere... what is the monochrome on/off? I don't think I saw what your selection was. Also, occasionally I notice that if someone on TV is wearing black (or dark) clothing, then I cannot see any detail and it sorta just looks like a dark blob if that makes any sense.
For what it's worth, I have AT&T Uverse service and my room is not very bright--just a few can/recessed lights in the ceiling but not anywhere near the TV. The room has windows but we usually are watching at night.
I still use the User setting exclusively, except for internet YouTube, where it switches to Standard.
The Monochrome 'ON' setting will kill the color signal and make a black and white image.
You want to have it off for all viewing, unless you want to render something black and white.
It's useful during calibration because more shades of gray can be seen to achieve a clean grayscale.
As for the crushed blacks -- I see that sometimes, too, and I think the Active Contrast causes
some of it (some of it may be the source material). Using Active Contrast is optional -- I turned it
on late in the calibration process because some scenes in some sources were appearing washed
out for no apparent reason. Other users had noticed that, too, so we opted to try out the
Active Contrast, which did fix that problem, but at a price of crushing some dark images a bit.
You can either turn it off or bump up the brightness a little to see if you keep a good crisp image.
Also, you can tinker with the minimum setting on the Light Sensor to see how much brighter you
might want the image overall. My setting starts with a dark room, but I mostly use it in bright
daylight. A higher minimum will give more power in the in-between situations that you describe.
The only settings to leave alone are the Color Temp calibrations -- feel free to adjust anything
else without fear of losing the overall color fidelity and clean whites and good fleshtones.
Also, remember that each input is different for User and can be tailored differently.
I hope you hit on the sweet spot!