Originally Posted by jason.pc
Hey guys, so I recently picked up the pn50b650 for bout 899 recently. It's our first HD tv and I'm having some troubles tuning it. The image looks pretty sharp while watching HD talkshows and whatnot, however my friend has been telling me that the images seen while watching sports feeds aren't as sharp as HD should be.
I'm currently using telus optik tv for the Canadians here. I was wondering if this is the TV, period, or if there's something I can do to improve the PQ for sports. I've also noticed the image isn't as bright as my friend's LED. Is this normal for the set?
Anyway, thanks in advance and there's definitely a lot for me to learn!
Sports should look incredible on your TV but there are a lot of factors to make sure you have it set up right. I assume your Optik TV uses an external box and you are using an HDMI connection to the TV or at least Component cables? Make sure you tell your Optik box you have an HDTV and the box is set for the highest resolution it can which is probably 1080i. You can press the Info button for the TV to see what signal it is receiving - it should show 1080i/60. Also you need to be watching an HD program/channel as you probably know.
The size setting on the TV should be Screen Fit or 16:9. Also you should check the forum here or CNET to get good initial settings for the TV. The default Standard setting it comes with is terrible. In general it should be on Movie mode and Color Tone of Warm 2. Back light of 8 or 9 is usually good with Contrast around 85-90, Brightness 51-52, and Sharpness should be set to between 0 and 10. Most settings on Advanced Settings should be turned off like dynamic contrast, edge enhancement, black level etc.
In terms of Sharpness, there are settings on TVs, like the Sharpness setting, that make them look unrealistically sharp. They actually add lines to the picture so it is less accurate but may look "sharper". Thats why the Sharpness should be turned way down. Your friend may have his LED set like with a high, but not accurate, sharpness. In terms of brightness, plasmas in general do not go as bright as LCDs. However, you should have no problem with this set unless you have a lot of direct sunlight on it. Mine is plenty bright for daytime watching and at night it can go blindingly bright if you want it to - I don't suggest that.