Originally Posted by T_Shift
Newbie here....I have owned a variety of Trinitrons over the years and I haven't found any other brand that gives the same level of detail as Sonys and they were never calibrated. You know what I mean, grass that doesn't look like astro turf, the weave of the fabric on someone's suit, the "pancake" on newscaster's faces- you can actually see the texture of the powder!! You know, natural
Anyway, bought a 34hs420 recently and I hate to say it but, it just doesn't look like a Sony. Good enough picture for sure but not what I was expecting.
For me, a Sony means detail, texture, natural
. I'm prepared to invest time in the SM, but it's a shame these qualities aren't there out of the box like my other sets. Is this how they are now?
Thanks and glad to be aboard!
Well if you already know how to enter the service menu then good,if not,don't fret at the beggining of this thread it tells you how.
Now if you want to get the most natural,sharpest picture possible without any processing to the image heres what is to be done.Our goal is to just pass the signal to the screen, and have nothing affect the image quality, just go from point A to B thank you.
Here are the serivce menu settings to get rid of these obtrusive edge enhancements that mar the image.
SYSM set this to 3, it is input and resolution dependant so you have to set it for each input and resolution.
QPDC adjusts this to the best focus in the middle of the screen overall.
of coarse you are using a calibration disc with test patterns to do this properly right?
Also leave it in PRO mode and keep the sharpness in the middle,don't worry instead of adjusting sharpness, everything is adjusted in the service menu instead.
Make sure clear edge is off in the user menu,and turn VM-VML to 0 .
same with VMLV-VMDL turn them to 0
SHOF make sure that's at 0 as well
Under MID 5 section turn MHLY-MVCE to 0, this is resolution dependant and input dependant,so adjust it for each input and resolution,ex.480i-1080i
and there you have it!
Sony quality, in it's purest form, no enhancements what so ever.
Now that's just for sharpness, if you want better colors and getting rid of red push adjust RYR-RYB with the red color filters with AVIA or DVE and GYR-GYB with the green color filters.Use Neutral color temp since that is the best color temperature.
then once done you can adjust color to what ever setting you like in the user menu.Mines at 29 and my settings are RYR=15,RYB=15, GYR=6, GYB=3
For adjusting black level properly so you see shadow detail, because these sony sets are none to hide it because of their too black, black levels.
First set brightness to the middle setting and leave it there, no need to adjust it since we are adjusting it in the service menu.
First find your input with the highest black level( the one with the smokiest blacks) then from there adjust SBRT using the pluge pattern in either AVIA or DVE use the instructions that tell you with the disc.
SBRT is a global setting as well as
RYR-GYB so once it's set it's set for all inputs.
Once you have set the input with the highest black level, in my case Video1-4 composite and S-video inputs, then set all the other inputs to match it in black level using UBOF in the service menu.UBOF is input and resolution dependant so you will have to adjust it for each input and resolution.
And there you have it, perfection! only thiong missing is to do geometry touch up if you have to or convergance and greyscale which i would'nt touch since you need the proper equipment that an ISF guy has.
At least you save yourself an ISF calibration since you pretty much did what they were going to do in the service menu anyways, minus greyscale and convergance.
Here are my picture settings that i have gooten after calibration and are my permanent settings that i like,feel free to try them:
Brightness: 31 middle setting
Tint: middle setting
Sharpness: 31 middle setting.
Color temp: Neutral
Clear edge : Off