Hi there everyone!
I just picked up a 50B540 for an amazing price and have been messing around with it for a few days now. Generally, I am pretty satisfied with it so far.
Have tried to search this entire forum including an extensive Google search for more pro' info on the 2009 5 series Samsung plasmas. Other than the Sammy 2009 general thread, the PN5xB650 Owner Thread, but I cant find much. I do realize that the differences from the 09 series are not that big, there firmware, scailers, screen coatings / options etc. are. Only my questions cant be answered from the current threads on this board.
I was also hoping that many of the advanced users could shed some light on a few questions I had regarding the 5 series plasmas (PNxxB5XX)
Therefore, I decided to start this thread for the 2009 5 series owners out there that want to share comprehensive info, calibration and user opinions.
(Mods, if there is such a thread, please delete/modify as needed)
First off, my general opinions about this set:
I have 4 other plasmas and a few LCDs - some calibrated / some not - and Id have to say that even tho this is not a 650 or 8, it's a damb good plasma. Colour accuracy is pretty good out of the box with just a high touch of red/blue in the grey scale. The overall black levels are better then the Panasonic equivalent and its brightness is very close to my 720p plasma making it very watchable in the day. The only issue I have is its video processor is not the best when watching any content lower then 720p using its own scalier. (but whos gonna watch 480i content over composite?)
Ok, now for my questions (which have a lot to do with the service menu)
Now, most users - even pro calibrators will not touch the service menu unless necessary, but curiosity has gotten the best of me.
I have changed the model in the Service menu from 540 to the 560 - which I know has the Crystal Engine right? So, I have noticed that the picture does become a little smoother and the gradiation improves abit. Problem is, that when I try to enable CineSmooth, its always greyed out. So - is true 24 CineSmooth crystal engine hardware dependent? If so, why did the picture slightly' improve when selecting a higher model in the firmware?
Now, I know most of you try not to stress your panels and get accurate Gamma curves by lowering effective brightness, but I want to increase' the brightness of this set - I essentially want to get the same level of contrast/brightness that I see in Standard Mode' in Movie Mode'. Where in the service menu can I adjust MOVIE mode settings for sub Cont/bright as well as AVG. Are they suppose to be linked in the standard W/B menu? Cause I cant adjust any of the MOVIE Offset/gain settings in the service menu - they just do not move (stays-locked in the same value)
Does anyone know a lot about the service menus and options for 2009 Samsung plasmas?
Would like a breakdown on the safe options and explanation on others - (maybe someone could post a service manual?) - the Samsung plasma tv faq is outdated and non of the info there is remotely the same as the service menu options on this set.
(Please see attached pictures of service menu on my 50B540)
Anywho, for anyone who wants some sort of start, I have my current settings listed below
I have a lot of windows in my house and a lot of ambient light - also screwed with the gamma in the service menu by 0.2% (gamma - 0.98) so my setting might be too bright for some.
Here they are:
MODE - MOVIE
CELL - 10
CONTRAST - 88
BRIGHT - 52
SHARPNESS - 60
COLOUR - 55
TINT - G51/R49
RED OFFSET - 17
GREEN OFFSET - 28
BLUE OFFSET - 20
RED GAIN - 28
GREEN GAIN - 41
BLUE GAIN - 30
BLACK TONE - OFF
DYNAMIC CONTRAST - MED(DAY) / OFF(NIGHT)
GAMMA - +1 (ANYWHERE BETWEEN -1 TO +1 IS OK)
COLOUR SPACE - AUTO
FLESHTONE - 0
EDGE ENHANCER - ON (MOST THINK THIS IS USELESS)
COLOUR TONE - WARM 1 (WARN2 FOR SERIOUS MOVIE WATCHING)
SIZE - SCREEN FIT
DIGITAL NR - AUTO
HDMI BLACK LEVEL - LOW (ALWAYS SET LOW)
FILM MODE - OFF