Greetings once again Colleagues,
March 23, 2012 Updated
See "evolving sharpness" settings below if your cable signal is set to 1080i.
I just thought I would post some explanation regarding sharpness, which is probably one of the most important yet difficult settings to do.
In using the pop sharpness technique, you want to adjust sharpness to where the artifacts just disappear on the outer circle of the DVE 720p pattern. This is easier to do for the standard mode because of the higher contrast and peak white level. That is why I consistently obtain a setting of 5 for hdmi and component settings.
Setting sharpness for the movie mode is a little more difficult because of a darker picture. The artifacts are difficult to see when they first start appearing. With practice, I have narrowed the movie mode settings for sharpness (no artifacts on the outer part of the circle) to 41 for component settings and 40 for hdmi settings.
However, some professionals per youtube video recommend that some sharpness artifacts be added to make the picture look crisper. That is probably why a "46" setting for movie component looks really great or better than a 41 setting.
My recommendations for standard mode settings (hdmi and component), therefore, are to set sharpness at 4 hdmi and 2 component, with additional settings between 6-7 for additional sharpness and perhaps a better picture, and for movie mode settings of 35 (hdmi) to 41 (component), with additional setting between 45-46, respectively, for a possible better picture.
Edit: I do not go beyond the recommended settings as to not introduce additional artifacts in the picture. It all comes down to preference.
March 20: Interesting Note: I had hdmi and component cables hooked up to the cable box and tv at the same time. When I removed and connected the hdmi to the blu ray, the tv's "component" picture appeared to improve. Is this possible or do I still need new glasses?
Hope this helps,