Originally Posted by whyme4000
Sorry for my delay in response.
I came from a 42 inch Samsung Plasma 720p.
It was a decent display but somehow it got a blue tint in the bottom corners so we decided to replace it.
By what I recall DVD's and Blue Rays don't have the grain, I see it on my FIOS TV. I have an HD DVR hooked up with an HDMI cable, and a lot of the background seems grainy. I don't recall seeing it before on my other TV. My wife says it was always there but does note it seems a little stronger.
My wonder is if the larger TV is what is causing it to be so apparent. I am not real close to it, but maybe 6-8 ft max.
I am using custom setting and I used the DVE Calibration blu ray. I had to adjust form there, but it still doesn't seem perfect.
Maybe I am doing the settings on the DVD wrong, or maybe I am overly picky. I notice that on games it looks pretty sharp with slight imperfections which I am chalking up to the game programming.
I will toss in a Blu Ray tonight and check that closer and see if it is happening as much on blu rays as it does on my cable.
(again I may just be overly picky on this one... lol)
If you do not like cinema as mentioned in the original post, your probably going to want to use Custom over Standard mode, as standard mode uses heavy dithering, which will give a very grainy look. Custom mode however, has little to no visible dithering, like cinema mode, but is not soft like cinema mode.
If everything else is set properly with the DVE disc, your at about the best you can do with the S2.
FIOS/CABLE and satalite programming content will vary, and a big 1080p tv is going to show artifacts and grain from certain content. For example, if your watching everybody loves raymond on TBS HD....you should expect the picture to look like complete garbage. If your watching HD theatre content, or CBS sports, you should expect some of the best looking content available on your fios connection. But, its still not that great.
Even some blu-ray disc movies can have video noise. Use of a movie that has an amazing transfer to blu ray is your best bet. Rent Avatar. That blu ray is nearly flawless, and is a 1.78:1 transfer (fits your tv perfectly, no black bars). Then you can really test the quality of the set. You simply cannot use FIOS as a source of testing quality.