Originally Posted by cysurvivor
Kidcharles, was there any improvement in the off angle viewing after adjusting the settings? I'm also really annoyed by the misadvertising of this tv. I spent a lot of time trying to choose a tv and debated between 55 and 60 inches. However, I didn't learn about sharp producing the panel until after I already pulled the trigger. The tv is due to arrive next week and while I can return it, it will be a major pain in the ass. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
The obligatory car analogy is "Yes, the car is a BMW but if you get the 4-door model the engine is made by Ford."
Despite my rant, overall I am pretty pleased with this TV. I'm mostly frustrated with the inability to determine if I'm getting the best TV for the money. The only real problems with it are the mild flashlighting during menus/credits and the subtle off-axis washout. The black levels, contrast, and color are all solid, and most crucially the ability of the TV to get bright enough for a sunny room makes me not regret sending back the otherwise very good Panasonic TC-P60ST60.
I got this software upgrade for my Spyder4Pro monitor calibration system (Spyder4TV) to perform the calibration but it is sort of a joke, not recommended at all. It's oriented towards budget TV's with no advanced settings. Also, the word "backlight" never came up during the calibration walkthrough in the software which is kind of amazing. After that it failed to figure out that the backlight was getting turned off at low brightness settings so it's recommendation for brightness was comically bad. Nothing in it for individual RGB channel white balance settings or for 10 point white balance adjustment. I'm thinking of sending it back to Datacolor for a refund.
Here's what I have so far for dark room cal settings:
Backlight: 8 (I've seen others using 6 which is probably closer to a dark room ideal target but I like a little punchier image. 16 works well for a sunlit room.)
Brightness: 41 (This setting is crucial, I've noticed changing this by even 2 points makes the difference between a washed out look and nice contrasty scene, and overdoing it can lead to black crush.)
Sharpness: 15 (A lot of people say just set this to 0 but a little bit of sharpness really brings out the detail in good high-def source material. You can push this to probably 20 before there is any visible haloing
Color Tone: Warm2
Cinema Black: Low (I'm not sure yet if I can tell if this does anything. In principle it's supposed to darken letterbox bars but I don't really see it.)
Color Space: Auto
White Balance: 25 all (Still working on this, I'm sure this is not ideal but it's not bad.)
Picture Size: 16:9 for Blu-ray Player, Screen Fit for HTPC
All other features set to Off
I'll try to investigate whether my initial calibrations have reduced the off-axis washout effect at all. Stay tuned.