Originally Posted by geant90
@anthonymoody: What is your source? I calibrated by PC then verified by 1080p 24p BluRay rips and blurays its self. If it was not for my 10TB+ of bluray mkvs i would keep my sharpness @ 16 for untouched blurays but since these are compressed .mkvs i leave the sharpness @ 8 and you never see any pixelation caused by compression with the assistance of noise and mpeg reduction. If your watching SD quality content only then should you have sharpness at 0 but all my movies are 1080p and my cablebox is 1080i. The smoothing processing (120HZ) should ONLY be used on 24p content. I was also the perfect distance away from the screen and have 20/20 vision.
I also disable all smoothing process for my cable input as I only like it during bluray 24p
You can set each HDMI input differently under settings: Like gaming mode: so where i have my 360/PS3 lets say HDMI 3 and 4 i would enable gaming mode for those HDMI inputs.
Source for calibration is a PS3, blu ray version of the Wow disc. It shows full crisp 1080 and when looking at the black and white starburst type patterns you can see green (and then red) pixels at various spots in the patters, especially at the tips of the long 'spears' in the circular starburst patterns, when Sharpness is anything above 0 on my set. At 0 there are only black and white pixels. Looks like there is pretty high variation among sets.
Did something interesting - turned backlight all the way down to 30 (from 50). Had to make very minor adjustments to Brightness and Contrast, but the overall light output was still more than enough at night (even with low lights on) and more importantly the uneven backlighting all but disappeared.
I watched Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which is 2.35:1 so it's still letter boxed. And the hot spots in the right corners were very much tamed in the black bars. If I focused on those corners in very dark scenes, I could still see the hot spots a little, though with any average scene I couldn't see them.
And of course any full screen 16x9 they are totally gone. Unobservable on anything other than a black screen, and even then they are way improved from where they were with the backlight on 50.
Have to see how the 30 Backlight setting holds up for daytime viewing. We're likely going to finally get drapes hung on the windows opposite the set which will help a great deal in this regard. If not, worst case I will use Standard for daytime (and crank the backlight) and Movie for nighttime with the backlight down at 30 if not even tad lower.
EDIT - btw Exotic Marigold looked wonderful. Very film like, and the scenes in the markets and so forth with colorful fruit, clothing, etc. especially looked wonderful. Still very happy with the set overall for the price.