Hi guys. I'm new to posting, although ive checked this forum frequently for advice regarding the HD world. I just recently purchased an ln32A450 and have positively obsessed over the picture settings since I got it -- what a curse to have so many options. Anyway, I think I may have an interesting solution (or a starting point) for some of you out there. The following are my current settings for use in xbox360 gaming and HD DVDs through the Add-on, HDMI connection. I don't know how this will fare with other setups, but here goes, explanation to follow.
Backlight - 6
Contrast - 92
Brightness - 46
Sharpness - 18
Color - 50
Tint - 50\\50 (this may need a slight adjustment towards G)
Black Adjust - medium
Dyn Contrast - low (or off if you like)
Gamma - +1
Edge Enhance - OFF
HDMI Black level - normal
film mode - very OFF
DNIe - greyed out for me in every mode but dynamic, but fyi causes massive loss of detail in dark scenes.
Color: normal (warm1 is nice too...)
Reference levels - Standard (very important, blacks are super-crushed in any other mode on this tv)
Res - 1080i for movies, 720p for games
A little explanation -- The difficult element of this config was black adjust vs hdmi black level. These are very related. Originally, I had black adjust off and black level low, like many other people here. But I found that comparing standard mode to dynamic with all factors held constant and DNIe turned off, dynamic was giving me some dark detail that was missing from standard, and even more missing from movie. However, dynamic looked slightly washed out in other areas. So I tried turning the HDMI black level to normal (in standard mode) and this illuminated some of the detail I was missing, but at the expense of truer blacks.. thus the black adjustment. Gamma also plays a role in this situation, and I considered having it at +2. Anyway Xbox users and anyone else who's interested.. give this a shot and let me know what you think! I think it's as close to an all-purpose (even TV) solution as I've gotten so far.
PS I haven't properly calibrated the TV, only used other calibrations as a starting point for reaching this config. I don't know how accurate this image is, only that it doesn't stray too far from some of the recommended settings I've seen, and has a bit more pop and liveliness to me without noticeable artifacts, etc. Flesh tones might still be a bit pink, and perhaps some of the color-oriented calibration advice would be useful there... I guess that's the next step for me.
PPS Ive changed my mind on the black adjust\\hdmi black level issue... back to "off" and "low" -- might be worth tinkering with anyway though for some out there. Additionally would like to report that 1080i does seem to improve detail levels in movies and in games, but slows things down.. as advertised. I'm wondering if anyone knows, if I have the 360 set to 1080p and feed the tv that signal, what kind of scaling is going on and can anything positive result from this?