Originally Posted by PDCL
Not sure where I should post this question, so I'll start here since it is in reference to a 65GT50.
I'm having a hard time adjusting this TV to get an "acceptable" picture experience. I put that term in quotes because most of the time, the picture is outstanding. I seem to have a problem with some bright colors/whites being too bright. I liken what I am seeing to having a flash light shined in my eyes in the dark. When I ask my wife how she likes the picture, she says it feels like her eyes are being burned. And it usually happens when there is a light source in the picture (a lamp in the movie, car head lights in the movie, electronic LED/lights in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, etc.).
I've adjusted my TV using the Disney WOW disc. Due to the ABL, I tried to adjust contrast using the color/tint page (has the small pluge patterns for brightness and contrast on the bottom) after using the original brightness and contrast patterns. The picture overall looks fantastic. I don't think I have the contrast adjusted too high (currently running in Custom mode, contrast 67, brightness 63, gamma 2.4, panel brightness mid, all other pro settings are zero/off). I'm usually accused of having my TV adjusted too dark for other people's liking, so I'm not cranking it up. Color and tint were also adjusted using the pattern and filter. I backed off the color setting to try and make the colors less saturated/bright. All of my experiences include at least a lamp on in the room, as well as a CinemaQuest Ideal-Lume bias light behind the TV at night.
As an example, I watched Star Wars: A New Hope last night. In the scenes where Obi-Wan is sneaking around the Death Star, the walls are lighted up and down. I can barely watch these scenes because it feels like laser beams pointed at my eyes from the on-screen wall lights. In the same movie with the same TV settings, the bright desert scenes look perfect. It seems like it is mostly high-contrast scenes, or high-contrast differences in a scene, that cause the problem, but not always. Another example in the same movie is when the Millennium Falcon is docked in the Death Star and you get a front shot of the ship with space behind it. The ship and space look great, as well as all the storm troopers. But there is a lighted frame around the opening to space, and the lighted frame is very bothersome, even if I'm not looking directly at that part of the picture. TRON: Legacy? Forget it.
It seems like the only thing I can do to make the bright lights better is to lower the contrast. When I do that, the picture definitely gets too dark. I'm talking like contrast in the upper 30s, lower 40s. All that does is make these bright colors appear normal, and everything else is too dark.
So, after a long rambling, is this normal? Can this be "fixed" or adjusted with a proper calibration? Is my set defective? It is so distracting right now that I don't think I can stay with this set if it is the norm. I've had 3 TVs in this room recently: My old Sony KDS-60A3000 (adjusted using Avia), a Sony KDL-60EX645 (adjusted using Disney WOW), and this Panasonic 65GT50 (adjusted using WOW). The only one I have this issue with is the GT50. In fact, I could turn off all the lights in the room and watch the 2 Sony TVs and not have a problem, so I don't think I need more light in my viewing environment.
Help me keep this set, because I love it otherwise.