After reading all 44 pages last night (and playing around with settings again this morning) I think I'm now ready to post.
I have the TH-42PZ80U (Manufactured in August of 2008). Here are the settings I get from DVE SD played on a progressive scan (i.e. non-upconverting) JVC DVD player (connected via component):
Color Temp: Warm
There is no 0 or 7.5 IRE setting on this player (at least none that I've found). I verified my numbers with the THX Optimizer on SW III and the settings were essentially identical (± 1).
The Picture and Brightness settings are fine for DVD movies but it seems somewhat overly dark for Uverse TV (both SD & HD). If I raise my Picture & Brightness settings to adjust for Uverse I still don't hit the Picture 60-70 and Brightness 50-60 numbers the majority of you are getting.
My Uverse setop box is connected via component as well since the HDMI output on the set top box crushes blacks and I can NOT adjust the settings enough to fix it.
Here is my question:
1) How is it that my Picture and Brightness settings are vastly different from what most of you guys are getting here? What am I overlooking? I made sure that the Color Matrix setting was set to SD (which should only affect color anyways, right?).
I really am not sure where I'm going wrong (if at all).
Also, watching Uverse TV there is too much red (especially ESPN HD). I can get color to look good at Color: 33, Tint: -2. However, this doesn't look right when using the blue filter that came with DVE SD (or even using that same blue filter with the THX Optimizer on SW III). What's going on here? Is it the source (i.e. Uverse?).
While I can understand the color differences (if it's source related) I really don't get the Picture & Brightness setting differences.
I do have an HD-DVD player that I connected to test/verify if indeed the HDMI input on the TV was crushing blacks or if it was the Uverse set top box (I'm confident it's the box).
However, I never used my HD-DVD with my DVE SD DVD.
Would this make any difference with any of my settings?
I'm just stumped and frustrated that DVE/THX Optimizer is telling me one thing and my eyes tell me another.
FYI, my vision is good and I'm not color blind
I hope my rambling makes sense.
Any info you guys can provide would be greatly appreciated!