Originally Posted by ryder_78
I've gone through the first few pages and don't have a clue what you guys are talking about. You can see I am pretty dumb. :-)
Do we really need to go into the service menu by punching in "Mute - 1 - 8 - 2 - Power" to do the calibration? Can't we just adjust the picture settings on the menu(after the TV is switched on)?
Is there a kind soul out there who can show the calibration methods of the D550 step by step from A to Z through a Youtube video?
At any rate, quality of full HD movies look fantastic on a stock D550, and I wonder how the D550 will look like when the "10point advanced calibration" is unlocked.
No, you don't have to access the service menu to have a great picture.
These displays exhibit excellent PQ straight from the factory.
Most would tell you to use Movie mode, Contrast around 90, Screen Fit, Warm 1 or Warm 2 depending on your preference, turn off the automatic processing stuff, etc. as a starting point. You'll find these suggestions throughout this thread.
Then basic adjustments through the user menu can improve the picture quite a bit. Get an AVIA, DVE, or Disney WOW disc from Amazon and make these user menu adjustments yourself. Copy your final user menu settings to each input source that you have (DVD, DVR/Receiver, XBox, etc.) Then enjoy!
Going into the service menu is not difficult, but can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing or don't follow directions exactly. The benefits of going into the service menu are likely to be minimal unless you are going to truly calibrate the display with the proper test equipment and software.
Some report the 10 point settings provided in this thread and elsewhere improve PQ, some report no improvement, others don't like the results. YMMV. The thinking here is that this occurs because the settings do not carry over well from one display to another.
I tried all that I could find and none made my display look better than my user menu adjustments using the AVIA disc.
Get one of the discs mentioned above, following the easily understood adjustment methods and be happy that you have a good display with a great PQ for the money.