Originally Posted by Chris0119
I have had the 60PK950 now for about 3 weeks an absolutely love it...amazing pq, and a great display for gaming also as there is virtually no input lag and zero phosphor trailing (which is quite a feat when you consider the fact that Samsung and Panasonic PDP's are still affected by these issues!).
That said...has anyone spent time calibrating this t.v? I have tried the settings as recommended by David K. on CNET...and the blacks are definitely better than they are in THX Bright Room or THX Cinema...but I still feel like there is room for improvement in black level without sacraficing 'punch'.
The one thing that dispappointed me in the Flat Panels HD and CNET reviews is that niether of them spent the time to calibrate the set using the 20pt IRE...seems like a waste of video control options not too!
My quandry is that I would prefer to NOT spend $400 to have an ISF certified calibrator come in when I can use the settings myself to achive near-perfect pq. A buddy of mine has the Pioneer KRP800M and he recently had an "ISF certified" calibrator come in and adjust the settings...end result - terrible.
I live in Montreal, Canada...and so ISF calibrators are not exactly abundant - much less one's that come highly recommended.
I'm surprised there hasn't been more discussion on this thread about recommended settings to achieve the optimal pq!
There is a bug on 20pt IRE controls. Using it is basically hit and miss. Almost neverending task.
Put all enchanced settings OFF.
Set brightness so when blacks just start to change to dark gray and go back one step (usually 54-56). Set sharpness to 50/50. Set color space to warm.
Everything else is up to you. All I did was decreasing red contrast to -12 (minus 12) and green brightness to -20 (minus 20) under 2pt IRE. This eliminates red push which I have on THX cinema.
Contrast 60-94 depending on room lighting.
Color 50 (46 on integrated digital tuner)
Dynamic Contrast - OFF
Dynamic Color - OFF
Noise Reduction - OFF (can be useful on low quality sources, though)
Gamma - Medium
Black Level - LOW
Color Gamut - NORMAL (this is very important)
Edge Enchancer - OFF (I put it on sometimes on standard tv or cartoons/CGI)
Colour Temperature - WARM
Film Mode - ON
Red contrast -10 to -20 (minus 10 to minus 20) depending on source
Green brightness -20 to -30 (minus 20 to minus 30)
Everything else - 0
I found these setting more useful under daylight than THX Bright Room:
Dynamic Contrast - ON
Everything else like on previous settings.