Originally Posted by mlai01
Thanks for your comments. I don't have a Blu ray player now but will be getting a PS3 for that purpose. My DVD player only upconverts to 1080i via HDMI. Are there any settings I can change on the Kuro to improve the PQ for now until I get a BD player?
Shall I deploy PureCinema and use Smooth or Advance Film Mode?
If your DVD player can output the native signal (480i) over HDMI, I would do that. If that's not an option, I would next opt for 1080i over HDMI. If you really want to stay with component, I'd leave it as unprocessed as possible in the player and output 480i to your Kuro. (Are you going through a receiver, BTW? That should be set to pass-through, if you are.)
As for Kuro settings, the Pure Cinema setting will primarily affect your perception of motion in the image, not overall PQ characteristics like clarity or "pop." For DVDs, you should try STANDARD and ADVANCE (and SMOOTH if you like), and use whichever one appears to lend the least
glitchy motion, since there will always be at least a little of that with DVDs. (Slow pans are especially good tests for this purpose.)
Beyond that, you need to choose an AV selection that you like best. Which one are you using now? And what are your main complaints about the PQ? If you were using PURE, for example, and you find it a little bland, subdued, or "soft," you would probably be happier with something like OPTIMUM or PERFORMANCE. Once you settle on the basic template (AV selection) that best suits your picture preferences, you can start tweaking basic controls like Contrast, Brightness, and Sharpness to fine tune a bit. Many users (me included) really like the ISF modes, so you might consider activating those if you haven't already.
As a final note, keep in mind that DVDs vary a lot
in video quality. I've seen some that look almost as good as blu-rays, and others that are almost painful to look at, regardless of settings. A large, TOTL display like your 101FD is very revealing. If the source material is poor, the Kuro will show its faults in all their hideous glory. You'll be wanting a blu-ray player real