Originally Posted by reallyagi 42LG50 Settings
Aspect Ratio: Set By Program (Personal Preference)
Picture Mode: Expert 1
Backlight: 50 (Personal Preference)
Sharpness: 40 (Personal Preference)
Fresh Contrast: Off
Noise Reduction: Off
Black Level: Low
Real Cinema: On
White Balance: Warm
Method: 10 Point IRE
Red Color: -3
Red Tint: 0
Green Color: 10
Green Tint: 0
Blue Color: 14
Blue Tint: 0
Yellow Color: 0
Yellow Tint: 1
Cyan Color: -11
Cyan Tint: 0
Magenta Color: 0
Magenta Tint: -2
Take time to get used to the settings, you may think the screen looks dull at first. The truth is most people have way too much contrast
on their TVs.
These settings will also work for Cable or Dish hookups, in which case you may change the Noise Reduction option to Medium to reduce signal noise.
There was a post by EaglePC which is way off, those settings are actually for the 47LG60 calibrated by an editor of CNET.
Did a search and found the above post - settings work great!
My only differences are as follows:
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
(instead of "50")
(instead of "40")
White Balance: COOL
(instead of "Warm")
I second the comments about Eagle PCs proposed settings.
I note we use a Monoprice HDMI cable (also AVS recommended) to input our Motorola DCH6200 HDTV settop cable box (our cable provider = Metrocast Cablevision).
Other comments about the 42LG50:
1) the TV speakers' native sound quality is not up to snuff, IMO. I output the set's audio to an older NAD preamp and NAD2200PE amp, which power a Cambridge Soundworks 2.1 speaker system. Major sonic upgrade at low cost, since I had the audio equipment lying around. I'm starting to review the forum pages for Denon and other AV receivers with a mind toward upgrading to 7.1.
2) USB works, but the USB menu when used with a memory stick could be improved. That being said, the USB port with a memory stick worked well to review our wedding photos, for example. I imagine using the USB with a laptop would alleviate much of my dissatisfaction with the USB menu.
3) Set stand mounting is a bit flimsy. We don't have small children; otherwise, I'd be adding some additional mounting security.
Look forward to perusing more of the forums and getting up to speed on AV. I'm big into audio, so I'm hoping there may be some parallels in that hobby that will be of help.