Originally Posted by butac
Sounds like a bum set to me, I haven't seen any issues like this yet. Particularly a "lightning storm". I don't think that's normal.
I upped the cell light to 8 based on some settings I saw in this thread. Brightness still around 50 and contrast at 65. Power saving = low. I also decreased the color to about 33. I find that I prefer Standard to Movie mode - more "real" to my eye.
I spent a few hours watching different types of programming last night - HD on different channels (local PBS, HBO, HDNet Movies), SD films (Turner Classic), etc.
I still see the contrast variability sometimes, but the increased cell light may have helped to address the issue.
All in all, when that set is doing the right thing with regard to the picture, which really is most of the time, it can bring tears to your eyes.
For now, I'm willing to live with the variability in exchange for what is most of the time a stellar picture.
It really is far better than some Blu Ray projection systems I see in local theaters - and for a fraction of the cost.
And I don't think I can give up the "Treme" score/soundtrack piped through my legacy Onkyo receiver, now that I've heard it.
"Inglourious Basterds" was pretty, well, glorious in that respect too when I watched the DVD the other night.
Glad this forum is here.