Originally Posted by johncourt
I can't believe how gullible I was. I set sharpness to zero since it's supposed to be the most accurate setting. Bullsh--. I prefer at least a 10-15 setting with most blu rays, and will set it even higher still for OTA HD content, 25 or higher.
Watching blu rays with sharpness set to zero is flat out depressing. Might as well watch a blu ray, at least I know and expect that it will look like crap.
No worries. . ..
* That's kind of why I stated in my earlier post that sharpness can
be a highly preferential setting. Besides differences between individual TVs, it's possible there may even be differences between panels. The best way to tell if there is any added enhancement (which is really added contrast to edges of objects) is use a fine line test pattern on a disc such as AVS HD709. But even then, there are those who would say one setting is causing halos or "ringing" around objects and others who see no particular issue till the sharpness is set much higher. It is an observed
quality, so visual acuity does enter into it somewhere.
Yet, those who state a particular settings be it "0", 5, 2, 0r 12 will point out all sorts of articles stating what too much sharpening will do, yet it is still up to the TV owner.
A practical way of seeing if Sharpness is set too high is to look at a live HD (1080i at least) broadcast of some sports or news announcers (especially women with long hair) and see how their hair looks. As you increase sharpness, fine strands of hair will start to take on a frosted look, almost as though they are coated with white. You can start at zero while watching something like I just stated and adjust sharpness till you just start to see it make the hair have that frosted look .. . and then turn it down a digit or two. Once you find that setting where "false edges" start to appear, that is where you want it and a bit lower. That setting should be the same no matter what you are watching, be it Blu-ray, DVD, HD cable, broadcast TV from OTA (antenna), or a game system. If some program material does not look "right" or appears too soft or dull, it is the lack of quality of that program material. . . and sharpness should be still left alone rather then increased.
Another issue also is one TV maker will start the sharpness at some arbitrary mid point such as 50 on a 0 to 100 scale, and others start at 0 and go to 20, 30, 50, etc. One other point is that there is no way to really tell if EVERY TV made in a particular model line has the same "zero sharpening point". But some folks like to believe it should be the same for all TVs in a model line, but at the same time point put other settings are unique to a particular TV. That would be an assumption.
LCD and plasma TVs are still relatively new to us, so it may take some time to understand how flat panels behave and what we are really seeing.Edited by Phase700B - 2/8/13 at 7:00pm