Originally Posted by wspterp
Thanks...I'm sitting 8-9 feet away and all HD and standard programming is grainy. I'm watching in standard picture mode and I haven't messed around with the settings yet. I just feel like is grainier than normal.
What is your source for HD? If it's cable or U-Verse then there's part of your problem right there. Also, some HD channels look better than others. Some HD content looks better than others.
Standard mode isn't all that great - Custom mode is better for HD and SD programming. THX is more for watching DVD Movies but some people use it for HD as well, but for HD i'd use Custom.
Who is your cable/satellite provider?
Can you connect an antenna and check the picture quality of OTA HD?
Contrast is 100, brightness and color is 50 and sharpness is 75.
Those are HORRIBLE settings !! 100 Contrast coupled with 75 Sharpness cannot possibly look good.
I played with a 50G25 in a dark area at Fry's about a week ago. It looked like crap so i grabbed the remote and started playing with the different Picture modes and settings and i got it to look really good in Custom mode with their decent store feed. Try these as a starting point for HD (going by memory) and do them in this order:
Set your HD Provider's box/receiver to output a 1080i signal only. Disable all the other resolutions.
Use CUSTOM mode
Change the Color Temp to Warm 2
Set HD Size to Size 2
Turn CATS Off (and turn off Color Management, NR, etc too)
Now set your Contrast in the 60-70 range
Brightness in the 40-50 range
Set Sharpness on the low end - like maybe 10 to 30 range for starters.
Set Color and Tint till they look natural and not overly saturated
Also, something really alarming just happened while watching hockey...the picture all of a sudden became much darker and dull. The ice isn't as bright and looks almost grey. This is now much more of a concern than the grainy feed. Its like someone turned down all my settings. I'm getting a bad feeling about this TV...maybe I have a dud.
Not likely, you just have to set it up properly. Maybe the CATS setting was enabled - if so turn it off.