I think Samsung has really given us a great display, and it's sad to see the technology being discontinued. The following are the basic settings that will get your plasma performing its best. However if you want to get every last bit of accuracy from the display, you will need a full calibration of the color and white balance. All settings derived from test charts on the Disney World of Wonder Blu-ray. You may notice that these are very similar to orion2001's settings for the F5300B. I also own that display, and find them to be nearly identical.
Picture Mode -Movie
Cell Light 20
(you may go down to 35-40 to alleviate dark image noise on some material)
Picture Size Screen Fit
Dynamic Contrast Off
Black Tone Off
Flesh Tone 0
RGB Only Mode Off
(blue is useful while calibrating color)
Color Space Auto
Color Tone Warm 1
Digital Clean View Off
(experiment if you have noisy material)
MPEG Noise Filter Off
(same as above)
HDMI Black Level Per Source
Film Mode Cinema Smooth
(available with 24fps material)
Black Optimizer Off
(see this post
for more information)
*You should have your Samsung Plasma and your source (BD, PS3, etc) set as follows:
- HDMI Black Level Low if your source is set to RGB Limited
- HDMI Black Level Normal if your source is set to RGB Full Range
This is merely telling the TV what range of values to expect. If they don't match, you get really messed up contrast. If you're using a PC, use the Normal
setting. Granted this only applies to RGB material, such as games and apps. With video, such as Blu-ray or TV, the signal is not sent in RGB (rather Y Pb/Cb Pr
/Cr) so this setting won't apply.
Enable the Eco Solution if the TV is too bright in a pitch black room. This lets you leave your settings intact but reduce eye strain. A setting of low will give about the same effect as lowering cell light by 5-6 points, and won't throw your calibration of of whack. Some bias lighting behind the TV is also helpful in reducing eye strain.
If using Color Space Native:
I'm not sure if Auto/50 or the above Native setting is better. I'm watching TV to see if I can tell any differences, but none are apparent to me.
Game Mode uses mostly the same settings, but in Standard Mode with Color at 44 and Flesh Tone at -2.
If you are using Y Pb/Cb Pr
/Cr Super-White with your PS3 or BD Player, turn it off
. On a white screen such as a test chart it was making the image turn a murky off-white, a sign that the plasma TV was triggering its brightness limiter (ABL). This also made parts of the test charts that should have been invisible, visible. It is possible this could come up in a situation where you have a very white scene such as with snow or ice. If anyone has more information on this it would be appreciated.
I haven't made any adjustments to the White Balance at this time. If/when I do, I will update this post.
Enjoy the last of the great plasma TVs