Originally Posted by nmo
I have a question on Black Level setting. This can be accessed when a DVD is playing by using the Mode button (second from top right) on the remote. By default it is set to on, making the picture a little brighter but hazy. When I turn it off, the haziness is gone, but the picture does become a bit dark. What is the best way to adjust this setting?
There is also a Gamma setting. What exactly does this do?
When the black level is on, it the color black is represented by 53.6mV (7.5 IRE) and when it is off the color black is represent by OmV (0.0 IRE). Black areas are "blanked".
NTSC standard is 7.5 IRE for black, ATSC (HD) is 0. If you use the same input on your set for both cable (NTSC) and DVD, use the 7.5 IRE (or "on") setting so your blacks during DVD playback will match the blacks during cable viewing. Use a DVD with the THX Optimizer to correctly set brightness on the set.
If you use different inputs for cable and DVD, turn the black level off so your blacks are at 0 IRE during DVD playback (not hazy - looks better). Use a DVD with the THX Optimizer to correctly set brightness on the set for the DVD input.
The cable input you will have to adjust brighness by eye. When something with lots of black is being shown (black suits are good), reduce the brightness just until black detail begins to be lost in shadow.
The gamma setting is the same as brightness. I would leave all those alone and make those adjustments on your set, not in the DVD player.