Join Date: Mar 2002
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Thanks for keeping this thread current. Have had the TV for 3 weeks and probably logged about 80 hours or so of watching. Last night watched Evil Dead directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell. It was widescreen DVD and this great horror flick really looked great too.
I always use the pro mode and calibrate from there. I haven't tried calibrating from the movie mode but will that give two different memories in the TV? That might help if your DVD gives a darker picture than your cable TV or if room lighting changes? If you check it out, please report back.
I had listed my previous settings in the thread but started to notice sunburned blushing white folks so cut back the Color. After I had a chance to redo AVIA, I notice a 5 to 10% red push on the color bar at mid settings. My conclusion is that my xbr800 has a red shift of about 5 to 10%. AVIA and my eyeball (looking at white flesh tones on DVD) both suggested dropping the Color setting just a bit. Now I like it much better because flesh tones look accurate - at least for Western Oregon where we don't get much sun :D.
Currently, at 7 to 8' in a pretty dark room using AVIA and eyeball the "big five" video settings beyond Pro Mode are:
Picture 12/32 or 4/32 notches to the left of mid-line or over the "s" in the word "select" in the 64 notch menu or about 24/64,
Brightness in the middle or 16/32 or over the "l" in the word "select" in the 64 notch menu or 32/64
Color 14/32 or 2/32 notches to the left of mid-line or over the "e" in the word "select" in the 64 notch menu or about 27/64,
Hue in the middle, and
Sharpness at 11/32 or 5 notches to the left of mid-line or over the "s" in the 64 notch menu or about 22/64.
I leave cinemotion on and use 0.0 setting on the DRC palette which gives a slightly "softer" picture and hides much of the grainy part of a NTSC CATV signal. I am not convinced yet that going to 50,50 or 100,100 on DVD is that much better. Anyone played with that enough yet? What are some other thoughts?
My overscan is 4 to 5% and from what I read, 3 to 5% is desirable. I finally got around to playing with the limited geometry controls in the Setup menu. After using the cross, circle, & dot hatch from AVIA, I mentioned on this thread I had noticed a slight tilt and a shift in the picture. I was able to correct that by moving tilt to minus two and and adding a vertical increase of plus one. My picture would need to go about 1/8" or 3 mm to the right to be geometrically near perfect from 1 to 2' away. Whether I will notice this at 7 to 8' who knows? :D
My question is that if my Sony computer monitors allow me to move the picture to the right (or left), how come I can't get controls in the TV user menu that are as flexible as the controls on a Sony computer monitor? Hey Sony, what is the problem? If I can go up and down on the TV menu - why can't I go left and right? This is not a big issue but it perplexes me. This may be addressable in the service menu? Has anyone seen a service manual for the 34xbr800 or had an ISF calibration?
Thanks and happy viewing. :)