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Old 02-03-2013, 10:28 PM - Thread Starter
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Just got my TC P55ST50 calibrated by best buy, at first i thought the colors were kinda meh, but then when i really looked at it i noticed the colors were more realistic. Ive seen stories about how best buy really doesn't do the calibration properly, and i have actually never seen a true calibrated plasma to relate it to. I got the tv calibrated only because when i got the tv i also purchased the bose cinemate 1sr and a ps3, so i was eligible for a bb silver membership and a free geek squad visit. Any way im enjoying the realism of the tv, but because of all the bad rep on bb calibration im wondering if im really getting the best out of it. I would be willing to share the settings if anyone with more experience in this stuff would like to see what it looks like on their tv (though i believe the room has a bit do do with the calibration). But thanks for any input! smile.gif
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Post them up! Would be interested to see what they calibrated the settings to. Every environment is different and everyone's eyes are different.

Did they go into the service menu and change anything too?

I'm guessing the calibrated the Custom setting?

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I posted this without even being home lol, but i can get them up tomorrow. I really didn't think anyone would reply so fast! What exactly do you mean by the service menu? They did go into the pro settings i believe it was... Im pretty new to all this :P and yes they did use the custom setting.
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Just happened to see your thread and have an ST50 and was curious.

The pro settings are within the custom settings, they are not in the service menu.

The service menu should only really be accessed if you know what you're doing.

I believe for a professional calibration, changes in the service menu are necessary along with the regular picture settings, but I may be wrong.

Anyways, would be interested (I'm sure there are others) to see what a BB calibration has done on your display.

Although, not sure I would go into my service menu and start making changes.

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as soon as i get my new 55st50 replacement set, and after i do the 200 hr break in wiht the color slides, ill be calling BB to do the calibration as well. also free wiht the Bb silver membership. i used the settings on m old set i got off of cnet. picture was fantastic. so hopefully BB can duplicate that pq or ill put in cnets settings.
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Just happened to see your thread and have an ST50 and was curious.

The pro settings are within the custom settings, they are not in the service menu.

The service menu should only really be accessed if you know what you're doing.

I believe for a professional calibration, changes in the service menu are necessary along with the regular picture settings, but I may be wrong.

Anyways, would be interested (I'm sure there are others) to see what a BB calibration has done on your display.

Although, not sure I would go into my service menu and start making changes.

Ok yea these guys did not go into the service menu... they just stayed in the other.

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as soon as i get my new 55st50 replacement set, and after i do the 200 hr break in wiht the color slides, ill be calling BB to do the calibration as well. also free wiht the Bb silver membership. i used the settings on m old set i got off of cnet. picture was fantastic. so hopefully BB can duplicate that pq or ill put in cnets settings.

You have a link to those cnet settings? i wouldn't mind testing another persons set up.
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why is calibration still so pricey? with flat screen/digital tv now, they don't have to adjust the convergence anymore, those can be PITA, and you can spend days trying to get it right with the old tube or rear projection TV. nowaday, they just use a meter, and a few clicks here and there, it's done.
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It's always going to be pricey is it's a service for a niche market of videophiles who are buying higher end TVs--i.e. people they know have the money and care enough to pay for professional calibration.
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I posted my settings in the ST50 thread after it was calibrated. The grayscale was done in the service menu.

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Thanks for that man! I just copied how they had it laid out and put in my own settings. My room was pretty well lit with natural light when they calibrated it... so here it goes.


--Picture menu
Picture mode: Custom
Contrast: +46
Brightness: +94
Color: +50
Tint: 0
Sharpness: +50
Color temp: Warm 2
Color mgmt: Off [grayed out]
C.A.T.S.: Off
Video NR: Off

-- Pro settings submenu
Color space: Normal
W/B high R: +15
W/B high G: 0
W/B high B: +9
W/B low R: +6
W/B low G: 0
W/B low B: +6
Black extension: +5
Gamma adjustment: 2.2
Panel brightness: Mid
Contour emphasis: on
AGC: +7

-- Aspect adjustments submenu
Screen format: Full
HD size: Size 2
H size: [grayed out]
Zoom adjustments: [grayed out]

-- HDMI settings: [no change from default]

--Advanced picture submenu
3D Y/C filter: Off [grayed out]
Color matrix: HD [grayed out]
Block NR: Off
Mosquito NR: Off
Motion smoother: Off
Black level: Dark
3:2 pulldown: Auto
24p Direct in: 60Hz
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Hazy Display in Outdoor or Very Bright Scenes

I recently acquired a low hour (4,477 hrs) TC-P55ST50 from a relative who was meticulous about his gear. This is my first Plasma TV.

I love the depth of black display, the vivid colors, the smooth transitions. Indoor scenes are impressive, nighttime scenes equally so.

The problem is bright and daytime scenes. Even when using the settings above, outdoor scenes look like they were shot on overcast, hazy days. Of all the things this plasma does right this issue is enough to make me regret getting the set.

I have tried many adjustments ( I have a pretty good eye and was a digital concert photographer for several years) but cannot seem to hit the right combination to get rid of the hazy effect.

Any ideas or alternate settings are greatly appreciated!

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If you are coming from an LED backlit TV, especially if it was on Dynamic or whatever stock tuning it was set to, you are going to take a while to acclimate to the proper colors of the plasma set. Another problem, although my 65VT60 and 60ST50 sets are bright enough for me, they do not create eye-bleeding brightness like an LCD can. They aren't the best for very bright rooms, although in my house we watch mine with all the shades and curtains open all the time. Where they really excel is in a darkened room and/or at night.

The biggest suggestion I have is to change the panel brightness to High if you can't stand it the way it is. But honestly, if you are used to LCD backlit TVs, it may take you a while to adjust - again especially if you had the other TV set to factory tune.
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I'll give it time to grow on me and maybe try to calibrate with Spears & Munsil blu-Ray guidance.

I am, however, still impressed with colors and depth of black output!

If anyone has adjustment recommendations, I'd give them a try!
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When I worked for Best Buy (not in Home Theater), about 8-10 years ago, Best Buy themselves did not do the calibrations.

They worked through a professional calibrator who traveled the country. It was often a month or more wait to get his services. You bought the calibration from Best Buy, who in turn obviously had an agreement with the calibrator.

But when he came in, it took him 4-8 hours to do it properly. He had a whole truck full of equipment, not just a simple hanging sensor on the screen. That was only part of it. I'm sure the technology in the calibration equipment has changed since then.

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