Originally Posted by mo2v8me
I am new to this forum but rely on the experts on these forums for advice frequently. I just purchased a Sony 55 HX850 and received it this week. Prior to this I had a Pioneer HD 5060 Plasma which died after 7 years. I had that Plasma professionally calibrated and was disappointed with the results. The picture and colors were so dark and drab to my eyes. It was calibrated correctly, just not to my taste.
Now for the real question. I understand and have read how great the HX850 can be after picture calibration or adjustment. I have tried many of the recommendations for settings on this thread and they all seem rather dark and drab or hazy to me. Maybe that is how the picture should look however, I prefer a quality picture a bit brighter and with more detail and deep blacks. If anyone gets what I am saying I would appreciate a setting for Day and Night. Otherwise I will continue to tinker with recommended settings from others. Right now, custom, out of the box is running at night...a bit hazy (muted) to me. During the day, I am using standard. Lots of detail but very bright. Thanks in advance for any assistance in maximizing my viewing pleasure.
Personally the quickest way to have a day and night setup is Cinema 1 and 2 adjusted to your personal taste.
I like the way you put your opinion across without being insulting, it's getting slightly old reading "This is how it should look" or "This is like real life"
I would personally avoid all the "enhancers" which i know i will continue to get flamed for as people say they are there for a reason. If that is what you want to believe then that is up to you.
I would go for a backlight of maybe 7+ for a bright room and maybe around 5 for a duller environment. Make sure ambient sensor is off in the energy saving options as this really darkens the screen.
You may want to up brightness in daylight as well, around 55 or higher because darker details will be harder to see with shadows and reflections etc.
Motion flow is a personal thing, i hate Smooth and Standard as they do nothing to aid motion or hide blur, i personally like Clear as this adds back light scanning, but again this can darken the screen.
Regardless of what the majority say here, neutral color isn't neutral, it maybe Sony's interpretation of neutral but it does have a blue tint. The thing is it is harder for our eyes to detect color errors with blue than red, so i would personally choose Warm 1 over warm 2 if you prefer a cooler look. Neutral may make the picture "pop" but it makes people look way to pasty and pail on every set i have used it on including 2 55HX850.
LED Dynamic Control as usual Standard. Adv Contrast enhancer raises black levels making them lighter ie worse and live color and Clear white adds a major blue push.
Hope this helps.
At the end of the day, it is your eyes and your opinion that matter, you have paid for a professional calibration in the past and didn't like the results so a brighter picture ,maybe more desirable for you.
All the best.