Originally Posted by HDTelevizzle
...on the CNET settings (and the other set) the deepest black objects get crushed. The folds of a black suit jacket, the detail in black hair, the shadows of a dark room, etc. This is true on the HD cable STB and the BD player source.
My question is, if CNET says these are the best settings they could tweak on the set, is this the best I can get on my TV? I know this is a great problem to have and the opposite of what most people are searching for a "solution" to. The blacks are BLACK on this TV. I don't want to sound like I am complaining here.
I am curious how CNET got to these settings for black level. Maybe the difference between the 63 and the smaller set they used??
Normally, I would just adjust the brightness up and be done, but there are literally 100s of setting combinations I could make. I don't know if brightness is the best option, or some other calibration setting(s) would be better to bring out the shadow detail.
CNET calibrated their set and only their set. Even another 50" set can require different settings to be properly calibrated. (e.g., I saw quite a bit of variance among the four 50" panels I've gone through.) So even though someone may provide the settings they used as a reference, it's only a starting point (at best) for your own TV. To get your own TV right, I would suggest setting the brightness, contrast, gamma, color, tint, and cell light first. Then set the white balance for a reasonably accurate grayscale. Then set the color space to your liking. Then go back and check your color, tint, brightness, contrast, and gamma settings to make sure blacks and whites aren't being crushed and what not.
If you don't want to go through all that and just want to improve shadow detail, then I suggest getting the AVS HD 709 calibration DVD from these forums, go through the basic calibration test screens in the top two positions of the main menu, and adjust the brightness and contrast for the darkest blacks/grays and the gamma for the darkest reds/greens/blues. Or, for a quick adjustment, just use the images you were talking about earlier (that show crushed blacks) and adjust these three settings for them.
To put it simply, the gamma setting adjustment will keep you from having to elevate brightness too much, and so keep your blacks as black as possible.
Someone else might be able to provide a better recommendation than that. But this is what I've been doing, given that I don't have the tools to accurately calibrate my TV. The very best results would come from a professional calibration of your TV by people who are certified and are willing to adjust anything and everything on your TV (i.e., not Best Buy's Geek Squad, according to what I've read on these forums).
Hope that's helpful to you.