Originally Posted by pc500
I've had this TV for a week now and I have to say I'm not overly impressed with the image quality. I've tried using both the "standard" mode and Suzook settings in this thread.
Standard is bright and vibrant, and perhaps good for sports programming, but the colors feel "artificial", much like an old plasma screen.
Suzook is better. However I have two problems I still can't get rid of.
* Whites don't really appear white -- I mean compared to even a white sheet of paper.
* Blacks are relatively bright and don't present as black that well. They look like a really dark grey.
* The image is almost too "dull" on this setting. The tan's are dark, the whites (mentioned above), look almost beige. It is certainly acceptable with the lights off, but just not where I think it should be.
Also on a general note, the image appears less "sharp", almost like pixels are faded together more even on 1080P content. This could just be an offset of the larger (80") screen size pushing the limits more. Certainly text from a PC looks excellent so I can't fault the TV. Ironically, some of the vudo HD encodes almost look better than the HDMI-fed blu-rays.
(Ohh and cmon sharp, Please put amazon instant video and hulu on this thing!)
In any case these are just general observations in comparison to my old 65" 2008-era olevia LCD set. I'm open for any input on how I can improve my experience.
Sorry to hear you're not as thrilled with your set as I am. Have you tried my settings - post # 2935?
I too find the movie setting quite dull and faded compared to other AV Modes.
Funny thing about eyes is that they have short term residual image retention so that when you switch from a cooler color to a warmer one, the warmer one appears yellowish (Some fanatics call it urine whites!). This disappears after a short time providing you don't keep switching back and forth. I started with standard color temp and have been gradually moving to warmer colors. I've now been watching on LOW for the last month or so and the skin colors have really improved. Sure, I don't get the ultra-pure whites but the creamy white versions don't look bad at all. There are even a couple of commercials that are deliberately cool in color so those whites do look the way I remember from when I used the cooler settings. I have modified a few of the other settings slightly, as well, and this may also account partially for my current contentment with my set's display.
One of my favorite things ever, about LCD's is the way WHITES POP! It has taken me quite a few years to come full circle and realize that there is a price to be paid for those delicious ultra white whites. You are sacrificing realistic colors (especially skin) and tonal gradations elsewhere.
The less than sharp pixels you are referring to may be due to Sharps proprietary split pixel design. Each pixel is actually divided in two and they alternate - upper/lower at less than full brightness, causing something similar to "stationary crawling dot pattern" in the old CRT days with no comb filter. This can only be seen if you're less than 8 feet or so from the screen.
Try setting your sharpness to +1. I do find that the '0' setting looks a little soft particularly with cable programming.
Lastly, you need a bit of subdued lighting to really make the dark areas look great. This is a really important thing to consider to get the best viewing experience out of an LCD set. The LED strings of backlighting are an excellent idea and they are inexpensive.