So I recently purchased a 55" ST50 in December, and am not 100% happy with my purchase. I ran the break-in slides for 100+ hours when I first got it, and configured as per the D-Nice settings and immediately had to make serious changes because the picture is too dark. Is anyone actually running with this config (contrast 76, brightness 56, color 43, tint 0, sharpness 0, gamma 2.6)? I can't see how this is acceptable even in a nearly pitch black room. The only way I can use this, is if I bump the gamma to 2.2 and contrast to 85 which produces a red tint on all black screens (this is due to the D-Nice pro settings). I have since leveled all pro settings to 0, kept the gamma at 2.2, bumped the contrast to 85, and moved the tint by 1 point towards red, which makes for some decent looking colours, and removes the nasty red tint on blacks. This seems to introduce other problems like cloudy/smokey looking scenes, and sunlight/light bleeding. AND.... I feel that the darks are still not defined enough. When I hook up my 2008 Kuro to the same source, the darks are perfectly defined and "pop", and there's no nasty cloudy effect on anything. For a TV that everyone says has such great picture quality, I just don't see it. The weird thing is that there's nothing I can do to make dark scenes pop, without increasing the brightness to like 80, and even at 100 on both contrast and brightness on the ST50, my Kuro still has a more defined and brighter picture at acceptable levels.
I'm running Blu Ray through PS3 (limited HDMI 16-235) and have the TV HDMI input set accordingly.
Gaming is done on PS3 and Xbox 360. I was playing dishonored a few days ago on the xbox, and everything was veiled in that cloudy effect. Hooked it up to the Kuro, and it was perfect.
Is there something wrong with my set? Any recommendations on some brightness settings? With everyone talking about such great picture on this set, I'm surprised I'm having such a tough time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.