Originally Posted by jlabruno
It does thanks for the answer. What settings would you recommend I use? I found so many in the 90 plus pages. What are you running with?
Well, if you prefer a brighter picture, I wouldn't go with my exact settings. I tend to like a dimmer, more subtle image, and my tv is placed in front of my windows, so I get very little glare during the daytime. It entirely depends on your preference, seating position, and what severity of light hits the screen during the day.
I can say, that if you want the most accurate colors out of the box, you should set the picture mode to "Movie," (which also defeats the "auto dimming" issue entirely) then set the "Color Space" to "Custom" under "Advanced Settings." And finally, for the most accurate color temprature, set "Color Tone" to "Warm2" under "Picture Option." If that looks too reddish or dim to you, set it to "Warm1." if that setting is also too reddish to you, set it to your preference. "Warm2" is simply the most accurate.
For brightness, my test patterns show that the correct setting for this TV is 46, and for contrast, anything between 90-95 is fine.
As for sharpness, to preface, the TV can only add edge enhancment to the original source; you can set sharpness to 100 and you won't actually be adding any more detail, which is why I keep mine at zero. That said, depending on your seating distance, and the quailty of the original source, it's basically preference. For instance, most TV signals are 720p or 1080i, and depending on your cable provider, the signal can be a little blurry/blocky when compared to, say, a reference quality Blu-ray. So, bringing the sharpness up, especially when viewing the TV from a good distance, can't hurt.
For Color, leaving it at the default 50 is fine, along with Tint (I have my color at 48, and Tint at -1). Yes, you can go crazy and use test patterns and calibration tools to reach the near perfect standard for color accuracy with the advanced options, but for casual viewing, the defaults in "Movie" mode are close enough within the standard.
Movie mode, unlike the other picture mode, also opens up the "Advanced Settings" and "Picture Options." I'll try to explain the most important below in more detail...
This setting basically auto controls the white and black areas of the screen depending on the content. The Dynamic picture mode seems to have this set to "High" at default, giving it it's super bright, high contrast appearance. I do recommend leaving this "Off," as all it does is modify the source, and "crush" the black and white levels in the picture, which means details in white and black areas are lost (and thus accurate depiction of the source material) in exchange for a more "vibrant" look.
This controls the overall black level of the set, mostly in brighter scenes, quite similar to the "brightness" setting, but more selective in its execution. This can be left off, but for TV viewing, I find settings this to "Dark" or "Darker" creates deeper blacks without overly obscuring fine shadow detail. I wouldn't recommend the "Darkest" settings however, as it tends to "crush" black detail too much.
Digital Clean View & MPEG Noise Filter:
These attempt to diminish the compression artifacts, or blocky appearance (especially during fast or complex movements) of the tv signal, but only succeed in blurring the signal to mask it. For this reason, I recommend leaving these off, especially if you prefer a sharper image. Although these settings can help a little with standard definition content.
Long story short, use "Auto1" if "Auto Motion Plus" is disabled. Use "Auto2" if Auto Motion Plus is enabled, as it seems to create less stutter.
Auto Motion Plus:
If you want the least amount of stutter with this setting enabled, set it to "Clear." I myself prefer the native cadence of the TV signal, and keep this setting off, but it's all based on preference. I only use this setting on 24p Blu-Ray movies, in "Custom" with the blur reduction set to 10 and judder set to 0.
This dims the top and bottom black bars present in letterboxed (2.35:1, etc.) movies. Set it to "Low" or "Medium." For all other content, leave it off.
Lastly, is the TV's "Backlight" setting. I set mine between 7-12, depending on the time of day and the content. This settings is probably the most preference-based, and really depends on how bright your room is. If you're watching movies in a dark room, black level can benifit from turning the backlight down.
I think that about covers the basics.