The Digital revolution has me completely bonkers (even worse than before). Why did I title this "composite" when I relly meant "SD Component
). Permit me to add: when I tried these same settings with Belden 1695A composite cable, the color was pretty much the same -- but soft details and, naturally, lots of upscaling and deinterlacing noise.
So please pardoner moi -- these settings are for SD component sources, not
Player: Toshiba RD-XS34 (Component Out, Progressive=On, no internal upscaling)
Disc: GetGray DVD
Cables: AR Performance Series component or Belden 7787A component (bluejeans cable)
After much fiddling with RGB, I kept getting almost identical results with both cable brands, the main difference being that Belden had slightly less Red across the range. Most SD cable channels look grim, but thankfully Turner Classic Movies is nearly as clean as DTV, but not quite as sharp. A crisp, snappy image from TCM and extremely satisfying SD-DVD playback. The color balance in the "Meet Me In St. Louis" and "White Christmas" DVD's are difficult to render without serious problems; but both look just dandy here, slightly better than with Denon/HDMI.
Overall settings are the same as for HDMI, above, except for these:
Color Space: SD Component and HDMI (SD source) nearly identical
Red R41 B0 G0
Green G56 R35 B0
Blue B59 R15 G11
Cyan R30 G52 B57
Magenta R43 G10 B56
Yellow R50 G50 B0
(NOTE: I have CIE charts not posted here. They don't look very changed from the default CIE posted above, as Sammy gave little leeway for moving colors around in either SD or HD. The adjustments that counted most were saturation in the primaries. These alone made visible improvements in skin tones and shadows. Tweaking the secondaries didn't seem to affect much). B&W movies are b&w for a change, not tinted green, blue, or red.
Composite Gamma (HDMI is practically identical)
Gamma looks a little weird, but "seems" low because of the graph's scale (it's actually 1.75, not 2.2, not that far off target). But this was the most natural setting for my living room -- must be related to adjustments I've made for my viewing environment, no thanks to my wife's Frankenstein decorating scheme (don't ask!). In actual viewing I see no gamma problems with any input, except that many SD cable channels look dim and thin (no surprise), so I'm leaving gamma as-is. A few second-rate DVD's need mild contrast adjustment, but the colors always seem right. The gamma trail is desirably smooth, not skewed all over the chart. The HDMI gamma curve looks exactly like this one.
I confess that finally I found a digital creature I can live with for classic 4:3 movies and occasional DTV stuff, marred a bit by occasional motion blur (DVD sill looks mighty stable, though), and the really annoying viewing angle (it can't be more than 10 degrees at any angle, which is REALLY ticking me off. My wife ain't happy on that score, either. Practically sitting on top of each other to watch a movie together from 7 feet ain't really unpleasant, but it's a bit overcrowded). Had Samsung and others not omitted s-video and some component/analog inputs from their latest models, I might have gone for a better 2009 panel and maybe even 120Hz. But considering the 2009 input limitations -- and I'm one of many who maintain that HDMI is inferior by design, thank you -- I figure this Sammy ain't bad at all.