Originally Posted by El Burrito
Very much looking forward to your settings, upon reading I felt like I could have written it. The previous tv was a Vizio GV46L 2006 which I thought was pretty decent for vizio being a cheaper maker (right?) and it being only 720p. On the other hand that might be a reason why the cable signal looked better on that tv.
I moved here a little more than a year ago coming from Austria. Back there I had a 42" 1080p Philips *whatever*, don't remember, with the stunning ambilight (a European version that's why I mentioned having moved here). I am very sad that there aren't any tv's anymore having this bcs this was an awesome feature. At first I didn't even care for that because I wanted the tv for other reasons, being top of the food chain at that time, but once I tried it I never turned it off again. Anywho, the picture on that one was really impressive, perfect viewing from _every_ angle despite that having been the flaw on that kind of tv. Only thing it lacked was vibrant, rich colors which I hoped the GT50 would deliver, hence my switch to Plasma.
Something else, yes the black is very good (hooray, something else I like, well...lol), but I feel like at times it is a little washed out to achieve that saturation. It sounds stupid I know, but when I am watching basketball I can barely see any details of the black players when it is the full court view. Close ups are no problem at all. I know most all of the NBA players but I am trying to get into College bball and the tv is giving me a hard time learning the players like that
Been watching with HDmasters settings for a short while now and it seems to be better than before, at least on the scienceHD and destinationHD channels. Might also be because the sun is higher now and the room is not so light flooded like it was when I entered the settings.
Here are the two settings I typically alternate between when watching OTA hockey with the lights on full:THX BRIGHT ROOMContrast
Warm 1Color Management
Note: If you like applying any degree of Motion Smoother you'll need to use Standard pic mode as the option is greyed out and set to OFF in either THX mode.
I can't really say which mode I like using better. Although the basic (color, contrast, etc) settings are not too far off, there has to be some significant difference in how each mode's Professional Settings are setup. I know there is a way to access the GT50 service menu and unlock the Pro Settings for each picture mode. I don't think I'm ready to try that myself but will definitely have the calibrator do so for me.
El Burrito keep in mind these two settings I use are not definitive - my GT50 is still fairly new (maybe 100 hours run time?) and I regularly play around with the settings. The tweaks I have done to Standard and THX Bright Room have made hockey more enjoyable but I still feel they are not optimal. So plug them into your set during the day when its bright and don't be afraid to make changes to best suit your preference, AND lighting conditions - *I use these settings when my basement is at its brightest but that is only with SIX mini pot lights on full blast. Another note: the room my GT50 is setup in is quite dull/cool in that the walls are a very light sky/baby blue colour, carpet & furniture is grey, and the decorative sports memorabilia I have on the walls are all black framed with little colour other than blue. Thus, I don't have the colour setting very high in these two modes (THX Bright & Standard) because vibrant colours on the screen especially reds, greens, and yellows etc really jump out and fill the room. If I were to remove my XBR4 from my main floor during the day (when set on VIVID) and fire that thing up downstairs it would probably give me a stroke!
I think that Life of Pi BD you have coming will be an awesome demo disc to really dial in the best setting for you. I'm not quite sure what the debate is regarding your PS3 vs a stand alone BD player - the BD capabilities of the PS3 are actually quite good; it can be set to 4:4:4 output, what else do you want. I even think you can upgrade the firmware to be able to play a 3D BD in the PS3. Although I'd watch Life of Pi in 2D when trying to dial in your bright room settings.
I know what you mean about this set not being as "wow" as all the reviews might suggest - when there is a fair amount of light present. I am extremely impressed with how amazing the PQ is on my GT50 when viewing BD movies or Netflix in a theater setting (lights dimmed or completely off). I'm expecting the experience to become even more enjoyable AFTER I get my set professionally ISF calibrated.
Get yours running at a good level with the options we have, really start to understand this set's capabilities (strengths/weaknesses), then decide if you want to spring for the calibration.