Originally Posted by BB1111
Your settings don't really work so great on the 42LD520, I tried about all of the settings you posted and they all came out rather drab looking, I did calibrate it myself and got some great results though, I'm sure we all appreciate you posting up your settings for the LD550
Actually, I thank you for your candor and response. I actually have tried the settings on a 42LD520 in the store. When you compare the settings to store "factory " settings, yes, they may appear drab. And our eye ( like some of our stomachs) likes candy! So to some degree it is a matter of taste. But also, the settings represent a calibration set closer to a natural light level and color balance. This, in most cases, requires getting ourselves used to a more natural and realistic picture. The displayed images on your TV should look no brighter than if the scene or person on the screen was right there in your room or like a well taken photo. I always suggest to people to keep that in mind and give themselves a chance to adjust to the calibrated setting. It really allows the TV to produce the sharpest, most detailed, and life-like picture possible. I've had people, like my brother :> , see the TV while a darker, DVD movie scene was playing comment that the picture looks too dark and drab. Then, a week later with another DVD or sports program on say, "Wow, you must have adjusted your TV. It looks waaay better!" And, of course, I had done nothing to the adjustments.
It also depends on what the program material is, how good it's lighting was, and , of course, room lighting. It's best to have a light source behind the TV at night, with any other lights well off to the side in a room, and not shinning right on the TV screen or shinning from the sides into your peripheral vision. Lights placed high up or better yet, angled to provide soft indirect light off the ceiling are best.
So, lot's of factors play a roll for the best viewing experience.That is why I provided Expert1 and Expert2 settings, along with a User setting for "Cinema". "Cinema" is what my wife likes for daytime viewing, and my settings for that mode, while not accurate for a calibrated picture, are fine for a room with moderate to bright daytime viewing.
Expert1 is closer to 6500K and Expert2 (perhaps preferable for monochrome programs) is a bit cooler and brighter, but not so far off to sacrifice much in the way of color accuracy. Lastly, yes, the xxLD520 has a bit less contrast ratio according to LG, so, as I stated in the original post for the settings, you may find you need to vary somewhat. The best thing to do , of course, is get something like the Avia DVD and try that, or have a tech calibrate the TV for you.