Originally Posted by eagle_2
Okay I'm confused - the official cnet settings for this set have the contrast set on 95 , brightness on 66 and the cell light on 16. I can't imagine having the contrast on only 60 - it would look way to dull. So why does cnet recommend such a high contrast setting if others say to set it much lower?
Also - the more I try to use the built-in media player the more I hate it. The other day an mkv file wouldn't play in the correct 4:3 aspect ratio. It was stretched, and there is no way to adjust the aspect ratio. However, it played correctly in 4:3 on the Samsung blu-ray player media player. So go figure. And they play fine on my pc with a variety of media players set to default aspect ratio. This tv has a very hit-and-miss media player - I seriously wish they would offer an update to make it more robust (like aspect ratio adjustment like every other media player on the planet) but I won't hold my breath.
Ok Eagle, as for the CNet question, they don't care about IR, they are trying to get the "best" picture they can. They didn't pay hard earned cash for the set, they are just testing it.
However, we are the consumers, so WE must be smart about settings to protect our investments. Contrast set at 60.(me) or 65 does not look dull. I have DirecTV HD and it looks just great. Suggested settings are just that, there is nothing wrong with tweaking CNet settings, but use them as a reference point, as you do the settings found in this forum.
Just try toning down the contrast and brightness. I can control the light in my man cave, so I go a little darker. Main thing about preventing IR is to be aware. You seem to be very dialed in now, so be conservative for maybe another month or so of viewing.