Originally Posted by hemogoblin
I havent touched the service menu, but probably will. Do all 960's have the same default settings? I'd like to see if the previous owner touched them.
It's actually unlikely that all 960's have the same "default" settings... even when they first came out of the factory. Certainly my 960 did not have the service manual defaults on it when it was brand new and first delivered years ago. Seems like Sony must have tested each one before shipping, and the pre-loaded factory defaults definitely do not match the service manual, much less from one 960 to another.
|And when you mess with the service menu, is it for each specific input and each specific picture mode? Or is it an overall thing?
Some settings are "global" for all inputs and resolutions, and other settings are specific to a particular input and resolution.
It is absolutely true that a number of settings also vary by picture mode, whether "global"or not. Your choice of PRO is proper to allow you to adjust things without any mode-preset interference. But you can adjust things while in a mode-preset, and it will be that preset's settings which will be remembered.
Color Axis: Monitor
Without looking at the corresponding service menu settings it's hard to explain why you would need 58 on brightness in the user menu. Everybody's set is a bit different, as are our tastes, viewing room environment, etc.
For example, not that it really means anything but my INPUT7 settings are:
Note that I prefer color temp of "cool", which tends to produce a more bluish white. And for that, I found color axis of "default" gave me the best flesh tones... although there were four particular service menu items relating to the infamous Sony factory-provided "red push" that absolutely must be adjusted (if they haven't already been on yours) to tone down the reddish tint on skin. These four items (RYR, RYB, GYR and GYB) are in 2170P-4 section in the attached spreadsheet (service menu sheet) and are shown as "VITAL >>".
So comparing your numbers to mine or anyone else's is just for reference, not because one is right and one is wrong. Adjust things so that you're happy... but be sure to use a stationary test image from and accepted reference test source (DVD, etc.), especially for overscan adjustment and brightness/contrast and color.
Nevertheless, to help you on your way and to serve as a nice and organized starting point for "writing down" your current settings before you begin to tweak, I'm attaching my own spreadsheet for my 960, showing both (a) user-menu, and (b) service-menu. All items are shown, with my current settings values. If my settings differ from the service manual defaults, the service manual defaults are shown next to it within parentheses (so you can really see what the theoretical factory defaults are).
Finally, regarding geometry and convergence, my set's picture tube received a "magnet job" soon after it arrived... which is the only way to make certain corrections that cannot be fixed through the service menu. I was unhappy with the bowing and curvature and convergence issues out-of-the-box and arranged with Sony to have a service factory tech pay me a visit to try and fix things. That first visit was less than successful and I was quite unhappy.
I called Sony again, and they authorized a second visit but this time from a local authorized service tech of my choice, who turned out to be a really terrific well-trained and motivated person. He spent two hours (across two separate visits, because he ran out of magnets during the first visit) working on all the corners and horizontal lines, correcting curvature and convergence problems.
So my own personal geometry settings which you see in the attached spreadsheet reflect my particular picture tube post-magnet-job. Obviously your set is different, and my numbers will not really apply directly.
Still... a pre-populated complete settings spreadsheet for the 960 is definitely what you need to begin from.
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