Hi there, you guys have been very, very helpful in the past, convincing me to buy the Panny Rp-82, which looks fantastic hooked up to my brand spanking new Sony 57"
I've hooked the Panny up using AR component cables, I've got a digital HD cable box done the same, my HK amp is hooked up using composite (my old TV only had comp.), and s-video from the cable box as well (for a nice, multi-cable, everyone holding hands kind of way).
Now, here's what I'm worried about:
I've yet to pick up AVIA (will do so soon), but, just using the THX optimizer (run through component, again), I find I've got to pump up picture/brightness quite a bit, or else the black "THX" and several of the grey bars dissappear all together on the second test pattern. It's much brighter when viewed through the (chunky) view of S-video and component, but not so much that I still don't have to have brightness set above the half way line. This concerns me. (no, by the way, I haven't set the RP-82 to "darker")
I'm freakin' paranoid about burn-in, and don't want the guns to go haywire just cuz of my innexperience (yes, I'll be getting an ISF dude in a couple months once it settles).
On the note of burn in, when I watch normal 4:3 cable from the box hooked via composite, I, of course, get black bars on the sides. Again, duh, I get black bars on 2:35 (or maybe 3.1:1 - The Robe, heh) images. Obviously, when the TV is being smart in the other modes, I get a 50% grey screen which, to my understanding, prevents a sharp contrast between the black and a bright source, preventing burn-in. Should I avoid watching non-HD programming with bars on the side? My programming does switch around from DVD to 4:3 to LD to 16:9 HD etc, so I'm assuming that's a good thing, but, again, given that my brightness settings are pumped (as per my strange calibration) I'm worried I'll screw something up.
Bottom line - the TV looks AMAZING with the current settings when watching either component signal. I've set the "Pro" to have these pic/brightness settings, so I switch to "normal" for component/svideo if I ever put those on. I just don't want to break it.
Should I worry about watching 4:3 programming without grey bars on side, and watch with black given my calibrated picture settings (picture at full, brightness at 3/4)? What about >1.85:1 ratio dvd's?
Am I missing something that's making my component signal overly dark (from both dvd and cable box)?
What, if anything, -can- be done if burn-in occurs?
It's a long rambling comment, but any advice, thoughts, or snickers would be much appreciated.
wow, that was quick! doen't help, "contrast" between what? The ratio between pic/bright? The brigh setting alone?
my settings, fyi:
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