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Hi,

I'm new here and this is my first post on this site. First, thanks for taking the time to assist me. I hope I'm placing this question in the correct location. If not, my appologies.

I just installed a Panasonic PT-AE3000U on the ceiling of my new theater. I'm using a DaLite Cinema Contour (106") and am having some difficulty finding just the right settings for the various viewing modes. I've attempted contacting Panasonic to see if they have a factory authorized tech who could advise me on how to use the settings to get a great picture using the multiple modes and they were unable to assist. They advised I come here and ask you if you may have any suggestions.

If anyone can assist, I'd be grateful. My tech level is medium, so plain English explanations are greatly appreciated.

Basically, I'm looking for some advice on what settings to use to get the best picture when using a variety of sources. Here's what I have connected:

I'm using an Onkyo TX-NR906 for the receiver and the three inputs (HD DirecTV, HD Comcast Cable on a Tivo Series 3 and a Blu-Ray player) are connected via HDMI.

While the HD picture coming out of my TiVO looks good most of the time using the Normal viewing mode, I can't get it looking good in the Dynamic mode. I also can't get a Blu-Ray disc on the Cinema modes looking that good either.

If this subject has already been addressed on this forum, feel free to include a link to the proper thread.

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Every projector has variations, but here's the official 3000U thread. Read through it and try some settings other owners have had success with.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1079806

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looking "good" is a vague criteria. What are your expectations?





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Hi,

I'm new here and this is my first post on this site. First, thanks for taking the time to assist me. I hope I'm placing this question in the correct location. If not, my appologies.

I just installed a Panasonic PT-AE3000U on the ceiling of my new theater. I'm using a DaLite Cinema Contour (106") and am having some difficulty finding just the right settings for the various viewing modes. I've attempted contacting Panasonic to see if they have a factory authorized tech who could advise me on how to use the settings to get a great picture using the multiple modes and they were unable to assist. They advised I come here and ask you if you may have any suggestions.

If anyone can assist, I'd be grateful. My tech level is medium, so plain English explanations are greatly appreciated.

Basically, I'm looking for some advice on what settings to use to get the best picture when using a variety of sources. Here's what I have connected:

I'm using an Onkyo TX-NR906 for the receiver and the three inputs (HD DirecTV, HD Comcast Cable on a Tivo Series 3 and a Blu-Ray player) are connected via HDMI.

While the HD picture coming out of my TiVO looks good most of the time using the Normal viewing mode, I can't get it looking good in the Dynamic mode. I also can't get a Blu-Ray disc on the Cinema modes looking that good either.

If this subject has already been addressed on this forum, feel free to include a link to the proper thread.

Thanks,

TheVOG

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Dynamic mode is really only intended to use in daytime when your room has little light control. It is way off accurate, even with adjustment to the advanced menu RGB settings it will not be anywhere near flat to D65. Normal mode will also tend to have an excess of blue and/or green compared to red. Some have claimed to be able to calibrate Normal to D65, but I couldn't get mine to track very well as I ran out of red at the higher IREs, but it is still better than Dynamic. Until I tried to calibrate I'd been using Cinema 1 mode with only minor contrast & brightness adjustments and was unaware that it didn't track too close to D65 until I measured it....ignorance was bliss.

If you don't like the picture, is it too dim or just too blue/red/green or some other issue? Re reading your post sounds like you're happy with normal mode at least on Tivo, so why not just just that for all your viewing? You can make small adjustments to normal mode and save them as memory presets: If you prefer BluRays to have a bit of extra color maybe or that Comcast needs the brightness up a bit for example, you can save them (even name them appropriately) as multiple versions of normal mode. If they feed the projector at different resolutions, you might find that you don't need to save memories as the AE1000/2000/3000 remember the settings on a per input and per resolution (including 24/50/60Hz as individual resolutions) basis.

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Thank you for your responses.

I truly wish I was more knowledgeable in this field, but I'm not. This is my first projector and I'm looking for some suggestions on the settings to maximize my home theater experience.

I have tweaked the Normal setting where it looks great...most of the time. I have attempted to tweak the Dynamic setting in order to watch during times when the room is not fully dark. The problem I'm having is that no matter what I try, the Dynamic mode just doesn't look that great...almost artificial.

It would be greatly appreciated if anyone can provide a list of settings for the Brightness, Contrast, etc., and I'll give them a try and report my findings.

Again, many thanks to you.
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Thank you for your responses.

It would be greatly appreciated if anyone can provide a list of settings for the Brightness, Contrast, etc., and I'll give them a try and report my findings.

Again, many thanks to you.

Make sure you have motion flow off, for contrast, brightness, buy a copy of DVE calibration disk and go from there, or use THX DVD and use the setup there for video, that should at least get u started.

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Thanks. I just ordered the disc.
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