Hi, a questiom from a plasma rookie.
I've had my P50VT50 (EU version) since fall 2012, and I'm very happy with its performance. Especially when hooked up to my Xbox 360 for some gaming sessions. However, I'm concerned about calibration, mostly for movies and such, and how important (or not) it really is. I'm running my blu-rays (using a PS3 Slim) in the THX Cinema mode, and everything looks great and all. Except for when in mid-dark/dim scenes. I'm not sure what it's supposed to look like really, because I'm quite a rookie, coming from either my old Philips CRT brick of hardware, or my parents old 1st generation Plasma TV. But it's like when in these scenes (for example any restaurant scene in The Dark Knight, or the Jotunheim scenes in Thor), it doesn't quite feel like it's 'deep black', but rather like a green-greyish tint. Somehow it feels like the light output is a bit too high in these scenes. Been monkeying about with the settings, and lowering brightness level by 5-10 notches, would somewhat eliminate the problem, reducing overall brightness. But then instead, really dark scenes offer weak differences between different kinds of 'black'. It's like everything dark becomes one with the pitch black darkness (makes sense though, turning down brightness ought to make it darker). Now I wouldn't be too alarmed, or even care at all (not to mention invest time in figuring it out), if it wasn't for this certain TV being advertised as acting like a dream with black levels and contrast.
I'm strictly using my set in a dark room, and I rarely watch any movies during daytime anyway. So I want my TV set for night conditions, but somehow THX Cinema won't do it for me. Being new to calibration (and this kind of technology overall), I thought I'd ask around if there's anything simple I can do to tweak the already otherwise good THX Cinema mode. Without too much hassle I mean. Should I keep brightness levels at 0, or back down to around 10? How about contrast and gamma? At the moment I think I have gamma turned to 2.6. That too seemed to reduce the greyishness somewhat. Switching to Game mode also seem to give it less green/grey tone. For example the Jotunheim scenes in Thor look more black and blue, the way I assume they're supposed to..
Is everything working as intended or what's going on? I imagine the picture differs slightly between every unique set, but still, worried it's either me, or my TV that's broken. Read about it being able to push blacks to the point where the screen more or less becomes one with the bezel (or background). And yes it can turn really dark, especially if tuning brightness levels, but not 'that' dark. Any ideas?
Also, keep in mind, I've already configured my PS3 to the recommended blu-ray settings.
Thanks in advance
Edited by Loftberg - 1/28/13 at 5:30am