Originally Posted by COLLOSUS76
Hi all. My tv has a firmware of 1020 and manufacturing date of 05/31/10.
What I have noticed on the "black level" issue is that when any of the top 3 modes are picked (Dynamic,Standard,Relax) The black levels take a big hit. I get the gray look. If I set it to Cal-Day or night without going through Movie mode the levels stay the same. If I set it to Movie mode and then to the Cal modes the black levels go down a lot.
So it would seem some of the BL issues may be software related. It's an inconvenience but not a big deal. Will keep an eye on it and contact samsung to see what they say when I get a chance.
All the settings.. Dyn, Stan, relax, cal day, cal night have their own seperate brightness, contrast, cell level, settings so black level will vary between them. This is normal for any tv. Now if you want to go through every setting, Dyn, Stan, Rel, cal day, cal night and set the brightness etc the same then it will be the same.
When I had my panasonic tcp54vt25, putting it in thx mode would grey the blacks because thx mode drops the contrast down to reach a 6500k referance standard which I find washes out the picture. Your tv is fine.
You can go under each setting and tweak the dynamic contrast, black level etc to your liking. Adjusting standard only does not effect dyn, rel, etc.. They all have their own settings.. This a great feature as you can have a bunch of custom settings for each source. Which I will now mention.. Standard hdmi-1, has it's own settings differant from standard hdmi-2.. So if you tweak hdmi-1 standard and you like it, you have duplicate what you did to hdmi-2 standard, etc, etc.
Again, this is perfectly normal operation and a great feature of the TV.