Originally Posted by chrisherbert
I got my 42" 700u ISF calibrated this weekend and I don't really like the way it looks. Compression artifacts and noise are a lot more visible, colors are very dull, and the image doesn't have much depth. It looks a lot like using the "custom" image preset but with color at like -15. I also see much more color banding and dithering....
...Also, from what the calibrator said it sounds like the sets have some unique qualities that make calibration difficult. The color decoder on HDMI is apparently EXTREMELY poor. It had errors in a manner and severity that didn't make any sense to him. The gamma also had unusual qualities.
Wow, sorry to hear that.
Will you be able to get back to your "default"? I can post mine if you want them.
How are the black levels now? Were his service menu settings anywhere close to the ones I posted? I think at this point, that if black-crush can be resolved, it will be thru some of the primary color settings? Or, we may just be "azz-out" if chris' calibrator is right about the HDMI port...again, maybe due to the fact that "Contrast" is not configurable? Maybe this is why I'm liking my Component ports more.
I sat down tonight and watched "The Usual Suspects
", DVR'd on my Dish HD box, and simultaneously on my Denon 1930 upconvert. Stock settings on the Denon produced a much "lighter" (e.g. - brightness turned up) image, with same Custom settings on the HDMI port. I'm running Brightness on the Dish port @ ~(+14) - (+16), and ~(+4) for the DVD player, with the DVD image much more balanced overall. Could the Dish box just be naturally dark? I get black-crush also with the second Dish tuner on my Panny CRT. I may just go rent "Night at the Museum
" just to finally confirm, or rule out, if black-crush is source related. My brief time with my friend's Blu-Ray also did not hint at any black-crush issues.
I'll also try to connect my Comcast connection to the set tomorrow and post results. Though it will be a direct connectioin as I no longer have a Comcast STB.
I think I've finally found a happy medium with the Custom mode, as I'm now able to watch at least a half hour of content without changing the settings. I still think that some darker images could be 10-20% lighter, but at least I have a much more livable picture.
Here is where I'm at now on HDMI
port with DishNet VIP622:User Menu
Black Level: Light
Color Temp: WarmService Menu
R Cut: 80
B Cut: 80
G Cut: 80
R Drv: DE
G Drv: DB
B Drv: 99
All Cut: 80
All Drv: DE
Color, Brightness, and Tint could vary by (+/-) 1, depending on station, but this is the closest I've gotten to being able to flip thru the channels without changing any settings.