Originally Posted by lagreat
Finally this afternoon I pulled the trigger on 77U and it is awesome, jaw dropping picture from ViP622 receiver. I have it connected with Component cables and will buy HDMI in few days.
I have read thru this thread and have adjusted settings as follows
Color Temp Normal
Color Mgmt Off
Video Nr Off
3D Y/C Filter Off
MPEG NR off
Black level Dark
I have not had an official ISF calibration done on my 50PX75U, but I did rent a THX-certified DVD (see thx.com/home/dvd/search.html
) and used the THX optimizer contained on the disc. It really helped me set my picture and brightness levels.
Based on the THX test, I would say your "dark" black level is probably too dark. With that setting, I was unable to distinguish the darker "blacks" from "true" black no matter how I adjusted the picture and brightness levels. If you see lots of dark areas w/o any shadows or other details, then I would suggest trying the "light" black setting.
Your settings will depend on the input type (tuner, component, HDMI) etc since where the +-30 user adjustable range falls within the TV's 0-100 (full) range varies for each input. For my Philips 3505 DVDR set for 480p, the 75U Picture at +18, Sharpness at -15, normal color temp, and light blacks, HDMI and component had very different brightness settings to properly resolve the different shades of black: +9 for HDMI but -16 for component. For an older Toshiba dvd player at 480i, Pic +18 needed Bright -21 over component. (Note that different Pic settings will require different Brightness settings to achieve the same result.) But my example points out the dependence of the setting on the input type and device. I had the color space set to SD and not HD since the dvd is not high-def. [an aside - before the THX test I had my 3505 HDMI set to expanded RGB color space. That was a mistake because I couldn't get good blacks then and all my DVD recordings looked much darker during playback than during OTA watching.]
Since you have the ColorMatrix on HD, I assume you are watching a broadcast of some sort. I don't know what you can use for a reference in that case. For me, I chose to use settings similar to the HDMI input which seem to work well for me. I've also turned on both NR's (video and mpeg) but haven't really done a on-off comparision with any source material.