Thanks for sharing that! I tried fiddling again last night, but I can't say that I experienced the same joy you have! I think my panel is now at the lowest MLL it can offer..
Here's what I did:
From the start, my SET_UP was cranked fully clockwise as this is the pot that made the most noticeable difference in MLL the last time I fiddled with the pots. MLL measured in at 0.15cd.m2(.0.044 ftL) at the time. I tried your procedure as follows:
Returned everything to default positions.
Adjusted SET_UP to 1 o'clock position - MLL rose to 0.19 cd/m2 (0.055 ftL)
Adjusted SET_DN fully clockwise - no misfires, and could not see(by eye alone) MLL dropping, but measured 0.17 cd/m2 (0.050 ftL)
I then adjusted SET_UP fully clockwise again - measured 0.14 cd/m2 (0.041 ftL)
No huge difference, and certainly not that noticeable to the naked eye, nor was it jet black like in your experience
I then messed around further, and decided to see what VS does....
I adjusted my VS pot counterclockwise very slowly until I eventually went all the way. Guess what, the MLL dropped to 0.12 cd/m2 (0.035 ftL)... An improvement, but it's still not great.. I mean there are LCD's that will knock this TV out of the park!!?
Oh, and also, to quote Wietsew, I have also noticed the unfortunate side effect of setting VS all the counterclockwise - more image retention... Not sure if I want to sacrifice a cleaner looking panel for this small gain in black level...? I mean even when having the menu up for a short time seems to stick around on the screen when running though test patterns.. Not cool. Oh yes, and I cranked VZBIAS fully clockwise, as I noticed some misfires when I turned VS all the way counterclockwise. This made the misfires go away.
Originally Posted by Wietsew
Like others have mentioned already VSC doesn't do anything to picture quality and VS affects the sharpness of the image and influences the VZB pot's setting. First I turned VS counterclockwise until noise appeared and backed off a little after that. For VZB I did the same procedure for a sharp picture without misfires.
The blacks and contrast are better now then the first time the tv was modded, but there's an unfortunate side effect. Image retention is worse than it was before now so decided to enable the pixel orbiter to prevent this.
I have watched scenes from various movies like Bourne Legacy, Star Trek, Iron Man and have noticed no ill effects thus far. The back cover is still off in case something does crop up, so I will be watching a fair amount of content with a keen eye
All in all, I cannot fault my picture quality, it is great, especially after I calibrated my greyscale(DeltaE lower than 1!) and gamma to 2.2. I will PM you some pics of the graphs when I have a chance, don't want to post them here as it is not relevant to the thread and don't want to be shouted at
But I do not know if I can live with this black level, where in 2013, it is worse than any of its following predecessors!!! I can't help but feel cheated?http://www.avsforum.com/t/1250816/black-level-measurements-of-recent-lcds-and-plasmas-enjoy
I just can't fathom how a newer product fares worse than their older ones... It is beyond me...
germz92 - You will have to get a meter now so that we can compare results!
I am very very curious to see what levels you are getting on your set!