I think most people felt it would be better to have a separate thread to post the settings, tweaks, issues, etc. on the new NEC 50XR5, 42XR4 and 61XR4, rather than have it lost in the main thread. I figured I'd get it started for everyone - but a special thanks to netarc for copying and posting most of the below! (I edited slightly to cut out some of the repetitive settings by cpcat, but feel free to throw them back in if you see fit. ) I've also added my current settings as well. Most people I think find them to cool (tempature wise), but worth trying them all out right?Main NEC 50XR5 plasma display threadhttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=622396
Register your NEC here...http://www.necvisualsystems.com/Supp.../Registration/
WALL MOUNT install specificshttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post6911452http://www.necvisualsystems.com/Docu...0XR5_IGv10.pdf
To access push [EDIT], [EDIT], [EDIT], [EDIT] on the remote.
To leave the SM, repeat the access code or turn off the display.
I suggest looking at the Horizontal Gray Ramp test pattern at Title 1, Chapter 103 (also can be found by menu selecting Chapter 7 - Audio & Video Calibration, Video Test Patterns, Gray Scale & Levels, Grey Steps & Ramps, Horizontal Gray Ramp). It should be smooth with no banding or color shifts across the ramp and linear with no compression at either end. It is also a very useful pattern to set the brightness and contrast to maximize dynamic range for best detail. I use the contrast control to get the white end linear and the brightness control to get the black end linear.
Incidentally, color and tint controls are *disabled* on the 50XR5 when feeding the panel native rate so color and tint will need to be adjusted via the HDP. Cinema mode is also fixed to "On" and can't be adjusted and the only available picture settings are "normal" and "default".
---PICTURE & MODE SETTINGShttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post6975457
There are 6 separate picture memories. Any and all adjustments are available and appear to stick per memory. This includes the picture mode i.e. Theater 1, normal, bright, as well as the submenu values for white balance and color tune. It also appears that separate white balance submenu settings will stick per color temp setting per memory . The memories will be automatically recalled for the input they are saved for. If you assign more than one memory to an input, it will return to the last memory you had selected for that input. You can still manually select them all as desired and you can reassign them as necessary by doing another save.
I've played with the grey scale while looking at the vertical/horizontal grey ramps on AVIA. The smoother the ramp, the less banding you'll see when watching real material as well. Obviously, a pro ISF'er could do it more precisely but I still think it helps. The pedestal is the IRE setting at which you set the black. Typically, it's 7.5 for Video and 0 for PC. However, when using HDMI setting HDMI to "high" in the setup menu takes care of that already so you need to set pedestal to zero for Video. Using component, set pedestal to 7.5 assuming you are using a standard video input.
Look at the vertical and horizontal grey ramps on AVIA and the temp settings above should provide smoother ramps. The best default temperature mode seems to be middle low if you want a quick and dirty setup.
Red Gain (RG), Bias Red (BR), etc
Those are the red, green, and blue gain and bias adjustments found if you
select the color temp in the user menu. These are grey scale adjustments.
NEC 50XR5 through HDMI inputs, HDMI set to "high" in setup menu
Color Temp Mid (at default values, all 40)
Pic mode Theater 1
Low tone auto
For some reason my brightness is unusually low, the dvd players brightness must have been jacked up or something, but I don't have the remote for it anymore. I think most peoples will be around the 20-30 range.
50 - Contrast
15 - Brightness
28 - Color
28 - Tint
Mid-Low Color Temp
Theatre 1 Pic Mode
Low Tone Auto
Gain Red - 26
Gain Green - 22
Gain Blue - 28
Bias Red - 38
Bias Green - 36
Bias Blue - 40
I would just bump the contrast and brightness down a bit, switch it to theatre 1 (a little darker) and make sure to ramp the sharpness down really low. I am not really sure why they have it so high from the factory but the sharpness introduced many unwanted artifacts in my opinion. I have mine set at around 3 or 4 (16 is default I think).
---CPCAT + LISAM Settings
Cutting back red and magenta to 30 in the color tune menu seems to have solved any issues I had with overdone orange/reds and sunburned fleshtones. NCIS was at least watchable last night. It doesn't seem to have negatively effected the more undersaturated shows either.
O.K. Here are current settings for "Bright" picture mode with inclusion of LisaM's color tune adjustments. This is via HDMI with HDMI set to "high" in the setup menu. If you use component, you'll likely need to set pedestal (setup level) to 3.75 to make the brightness settings equivalent.
Brt 38 (can adjust +/- 2 for taste without altering grey ramp smoothness)
Sharp 0 (for HDMI, may vary for taste, may need to adjust for component input)
NR 2 (set to taste, NR can be at expense of fine detail)
Color temp (mid low customization, highlight mid-low, enter, adjust values to below)
Low tone auto
Setup level pedestal 0 (set to 3.75 for component input)
Color tune (custom, highlight color tune, enter, adjust to below values)
To save all to memory, highlight selected memory, highlight "set", press enter
Okay, I finally had a chance to mess with the Bright setting you posted cpcat. I do have to say there is a bit deeper blacks with that setting. Definitely close, if not right on, with the Panny level. I did not notice any really "floating" of the blacks yet. cpcat, did you witness the blacks floating, or did you just presume that the Bright setting floats the blacks?
Anyways, below are the settings I've settled on. Cpcat, I think we must either have drastically different lighting and setups, or much different taste in colors. Either way is cool, that's what make it individual preferences. Figured I'd post what I settled on for the Bright setting for anyone who wants to try them out. The below is using HDMI with my HR10-250 and SA8300HD.
NR Off for HD material, will sometimes throw on NR2 for SD
Color Temp Mid-Low
Cinema Mode On
Pic Mode Bright
Low Tone Auto
Setup Level 0%
Color Tune - All Default
---NATIVE RATE via HDMIhttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post6910803http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post6917691http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post6926935
I found that 1:1 mapping was a snap. I was making it too hard. Here are the timings (obtained from NEC secondhand) via Lumagen VisionHDP through HDMI:
VTOT 788 HTOT 1526
VACT 768 HACT 1365
VSYN 4 HSYN 50
VFRN 4 HFRN 51
V freq. 60.00 Hz
H freq. 47.20 Hz
Make sure RGB select in setup menu is set to "auto"
Disable orbiting in PDP saver menu
Set image adjust values all to zero.
That's it. Double check signal info in the menu and it should read 1365 x 768 and memory 18.
V-line and H-line patterns via the Lumagen test patterns are perfect one-pixel rows.
I've not seen the PQ of the 5060, but I know it does *not* do native and 1:1 over HDMI. That to me would mean at least the electronics are dissimilar.
DCypher's computer/HDMI timings with Nvidiahttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post7184461
Here's the important note:
Front-end active is 1368 pixels
back-end active: 1365 pixels
If you don't setup that correctly, it won't sync right!
Hope this helps,
Oh yeah... here's a bit more information for you to make things perfect:
go into the NEC's menu and go to the image adjustment:
V-Height : 0
This moves the image 4 pixels to the right without any scaling (fills the entire screen).EDIT TO ADD THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FROM BVADER (THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR EFFORTS)
Actual Link to the Service Menu ( I see it is earlier but not with the Service menu discussion)http://www.bruzzi.ws/plasma-faq/showthread.php?t=148
Setting The Gray Barshttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post7161593
Contrast Setting Discussionhttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post7291828
Image Retention Discusiionhttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post7160815
Quick compare of XM5 vs XR5http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post7112448
Some Installed Pictureshttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post7338720http://gallery.avsforum.com/showphot...ppuser/7575623http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post6970550http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post6970550