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1. Adjusting Sharpness didn't appear to do anything. Is that right? Is that only the case with DVI?
That's pretty much the case for most of us. Some of the earlier sets (HLM models) appeared to have two points at which Sharpness actually effected anything. Personally, now that I have firmware 214, I can't see any change when using sharpness regardless of which input is being tweaked.
2. Making the adjustments only effects the DVI input. Should I just write down the settings and use the same settings for the other inputs?
Bad idea. In most cases the differences between types of inputs used will be rather large. For instance, the DVI output on the TS160 STB is notoriously darker than most other outputs... if you were to do what you suggest when using the TS160 through the DVI input, your picture would be practically all black. Each input type should be treated separately. Understand this... the composite videos, S-video and Component 1 480i inputs all share the same user menu settings, IIRC. Component 2 and 3 480p/720p/1080i all share the same, and PC and DVI have there own settings.
3. When setting the black, I could get it pretty black (at least from this novice's perspective), but you lose a lot of detail in the dark scenes with the black set as suggested in the DVD. Do people have "happy medium" settings for that? (I know this is a common complaint with the Samsung DLPs).
Tough to pick happy medium settings as each source component as well as WHICH input you are plugged into will make a difference in terms of your PQ. It's really a trial by fire method you need to use when setting this stuff unfortunately. Alot of it has to do with which Gamma setting you are using as well. I suggest Gamma 0 rather than the default Gamma 4. Some people prefer 5, some 2. I believe that most ISF guys were going with 0 though.
4. As a novice, should I attempt to adjust the grey in the SM? I mean, it looks pretty good to me right now, but I want to be sure I'm getting the most out of my set. I'm not yet prepared to spend hundreds of dollars for a professional calibration, however. Perhaps when I have a new STB.
I have to wholeheartedly say NO. Grayscale is a tough cookie to monkey with, and the Service Menu is no place to just get into and start hacking away. One thing you will DEFINITELY want to do if you decide to go into the SM is to WRITE DOWN EVERY SINGLE SETTING FOR EVERY SINGLE INPUT BEFORE YOU CHANGE ANYTHING!!! Grayscale is not something that you can set correctly with your eyeballs and any one of the calibration DVD's. You need a color analyzer and other test equipment to set this correctly. There are lots of threads on one of the more popular calibration test packages known as Color Facts. Do a search on that and you will come up with more info than you can read in a night. Also, check out www.milori.com
for even more info and tutorials.
Hope that helps,