Originally Posted by SideSwiped01
Long time lurker, first time posting. blacks and grays appear extremely grainy...almost like tv static. Anyone have any ideas? Is this normal on this projector? Seems to only kick in when I'm watching video from a USB or hdmi, switched out hdmi cables and everything. This is my first projector btw so I'm sort of newbie.
While absolute black will look smoothly dark at any distance, slightly lighter shades are made by the panel flashing sporadic bits of grey that can look like grainy static if you walk up close to the screen.
If you're seeing it noticeably from regular seating-distance, especially only with certain videos/sources, it might be a problem at the source that's getting brought out a little extra from the projector.
Projector screen-sizes alone can make some previously unnoticed flaws in movies become visible, especially with certain settings cranked too high.
That's why it's best to use the best source-video you're able to and sometimes more subtle settings can help either way.
It shouldn't be a problem with your projector itself since it doesn't happen through all inputs.
I would suggest trying Sharpness down below 25-30.
Try Cinema preset and go into the Advanced Menu to turn OFF DynamicContrast and anything else that can be set to OFF (sometimes DynamicContrast might actually help erase source grain because it loses small details like that...might be best to try it both on and off).
Having gamma at 2.2 or 2.4 can help lower some dark-scene noise as well.
If you ever wonder if something might be a problem with the source, try playing the same thing through your regular TV while sitting about 4ft away from the screen.
You'll notice flaws you might've missed before.