Originally Posted by chambery
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.
This is exactly what I did and I'm perfectly happy with my picture.
Can't really see how it can improve my current picture?
It's also the famous:
"If it ain't broke, don't monkey with it."
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
"If it Ain't Broke...Break It!"
If I'm correct, the main advantage of the 7000 & 8000 is the ability to look good in brightly lit rooms.
I don't have that problem, as my room is dark, windows blacked out.
Now this hack may work well if you need better settings, darker blacks because of being in a well lite room... so I'm not going to knock it either.