Originally Posted by VintageBullet
Thanks a bunch
I'll try these and compare it to what I currently have. Just running movies in Vivid and for consoles I'm in Game Mode and turned sharpness and color up quite a bit. So far gaming has been bliss on my M601D-A3R. No ghosting from what I could tell and no input lag what so ever while testing CoD since that game is at 60fps.
Side note: Am I the only person who turns off Smooth motion on everything ? For some reason it just feels unnatural and looks like things are in a minor fast forward. Other then that I freaking love this TV.
@VintageBullet you are not alone! I turn off smooth motion on EVERYTHING, and guess what, i still see traces of it when i use the built-in apps (i think it's baked in to the apps' video processing). I couldn't agree more about loving this TV, but unfortunately it seems to really perform best when displaying media from HDMI sources (esp. apple tv3 which still really blows me away).
A side note about the Vivid setting - I don't know how many of you use this TV to watch baseball, but it's on a Yankee game every night at my house and for the life of me, it is the hardest type of content to get correct. Believe it or not, Vivid with smooth motion on High and Smart Dimming off (auto brightness on high) is the closest i've come to baseball perfection. Obviously, it's the type of content with ALOT of green filling up the screen, and I notice with the color callibration settings (both CNET's and the other one that posted on here) there is a pretty severe green push when watching baseball (bleeding over into the skin tones and even tinting the white part of the on screen graphics), it's really noticeable when switching between modes, so i went back to the factory vivid setting and am having much better results.
HOWEVER, baseball, and only baseball, is where i see traces of ghosting. IE when someone hits a line drive and the camera pans quickly across the green field i see bars and blotches across the field. It's a minor complaint in an otherwise excellent display - just wondering - does anyone have settings they particularly like for watching baseball (or soccer, or football for that matter)???
I still have a 4 year old Vizio 37" LCD that I use to compare - and the consistent differences i notice are, while the LCD is in a sense 'brighter' and more 'vivid' the edges are much more jagged and the M series gives me a whole new world of detail, im seeing faces in the crowd at yankee stadium that were just jagged blurry blotches on the LCD. The other difference is the matte screen, at first I thought I liked the LCD's matte finish a lot more, but after having the M series for a little over two weeks, I much prefer the semi gloss finish of the M-series, again because of the detail it affords.
Really, the concept i've come to realize is that with the old Vizio LCD, i I know it's limitations and therefore dont mess with the settings trying to achieve "perfection" -- I know I'll get a pretty good picture out of any source I put into it (esp because there is no Smooth Motion to contend with on older LCD sets) and in that sense it is more "hassle-free", but with the M-series I realize how much more is possible and I want to get it as close to perfect as possible, which can be a frustrating but ultimately rewarding process.
Bottom Line: I've gone back and forth about returning this set since I bought it - do i return and spend the extra money for a Panasonic ST60? I've literally gone as far as packing up the tv, but I always change my mind - and once i plugged in an appletv3 my mind was made for good - this tv is a miracle if you have a good set and the patience to properly configure it.