Originally Posted by danielwd
My settings are ridiculously different than most I see posted on this site. I keep color and tint around 31, bright bulb (in menu) and bright setting, high contrast at around 60, brightness at about 22 or so, sharpness up to about 56 or so, color temp at high, and deep field on with sharp edge on.
The only problem I have ever seen is my blacks sometimes get 'staticy' in dark scenes but other than that my wife, myself, and anyone that comes into the house are blown a way with the quality in the picture. To solve the problem with blacks I can turn down the contrast and it can improve drastically if I am watching movies or shows that have lots of dark scenes. I am actually nervous to even get it calibrated because I just cant see how it could get any better. In fact I saw a calibrated Sony at Best Buy right in the middle of other noncalibrated sets and it looked aweful. I know I shouldnt be basing such judgements on the calibration skills of best buy personnel but its worth noting.
Again, I have tried numerous settings in this thread and the 734 series thread and none have even been acceptable. A couple were horrible. I think it must have something to do with variables existing in the particular locations, tastes, and our eyes.
Daniel, my settings are the same as yours and I think the PQ looks Great!! I was amazed at how good the blacks look. I did notice the pixilation in the blacks, but only while watching one program and I atribute it to the Feed. Which brings me to the next issue.
Let me start by letting everyone know my setup. I have the 73833, D* with HR20 5lnb hooked to TV Via HDMI, Xbox Elite with HD-DVD hooked up with HDMI. The HD-DVD looks Amazing; watched Kong and it looked just as good if not better then the linked photos I posted earlier. No noise what so ever coming from the TV. The only problem I have is with the D* Feed.
Some HD Channels look just great while others have Motion Pixilation. I checked other TV'S in my house and it is also noticable on them so it's not the TV. I had a 65 Mits, about 6 years old before I got the 73833 and I guess I never noticed the Pixilation on it; or I just lived with it. I am assuming that due to the fact the 73 is new I am looking for everything and anything.
When the Pixilation happens, it is very noticable. I notice it a lot on Discovery HD when they are showing previews of all thier shows; 1080 Club. The picture changes scenes so fast the TV Doesn't seem to have time to catch up and it really looks bad. I have noticed it on other HD Channels as well. It seems to happening only during action scenes and camera angle changes.
I don't want anyone to be pushed away from this TV because of this post; like I said, I have determined that it is the D* Feed. As a matter of fact, I am looking at Discovery HD "We Built This City" on a Panasonic 50" Plasma as I write this and see the same Pixilation problem. Now I am wondering if this is all because I just had the new 5LNB put in, and there is a problem with the Dish or maybe the MultiSwitch. I would think I should have noticed this more before. I can say that I haven't watched a lot of the HD channels lately such as HDNET OR Discovery HD so maybe I didn't notice it before because of this fact.
To sum up; with the right feed, this TV is all I could hope for and More!!!