Originally Posted by KoRn
Yeah I dunno man. Just reporting what I saw. Thought it was weird that my pc monitor and tv showed the exact same thing. I even had them side by side. So, from an optimal stand point with the 360. Since yall figured it out. Is this how it should look now?
hdmi black level (with in the tv settings) Low
hdmi black level (with in the 360) Standard
hdmi color space (with in the 360) Auto
Obviously I could not use optimal resolution any more with these settings because then we are back to pc levels. I will just have to take the PQ hit and use 720p.
On your LCD, put HDMI Black Level to NORMAL, Black Adjust to OFF.
You can tweak the brightness from there. HDMI Low lowers black levels so much that it will crush your blacks, unless your brightness is in the upper ranges. Normal will alow brightness to be at around the middle to better calibrate your TV.
Usually the brightness setting on Samsung LCD's will be around 46-53 with HDMI Normal, while HDMI Low, your brightness setting has to be around the mid 60's to not crush blacks.
Trust me, I know because I've owned 3 Samsung LCD's.
Here's a tip. Find a black wallpaper that you can display on your 360 or ps3. Raising the brightness up to gray black levels. Put the TV in 4:3 mode. Proceed to lower the brightness until the Black image on screen MATCHES the black bars of 4:3. THAT is your brightness sweet spot. Any lower is crushing blacks, and any higher is making blacks gray.
The 4:3 bars on a Samsung LCD is the BLACKEST blacks you can get on the TV with whatever backlight setting you have. Blacks will never go blacker.