Originally Posted by mklawz
Thanks for the quick responses.
I'm sitting about 10' away.
In regards to settings, could you tell my why my color temp options are only cool and neutral? Warm 1 and 2 are in grayed-out and can't be highlighted.
You want to change the video setting to standard or custom to be able to access warm 1 and warm2. Agree with previous posters that SD programming is not the best way to judge an HD set. SD programming will not look great on any set. On the other hand DVD's should look good to excellent depending on the player. If your player has component outputs, you should buy an inexpensive set of component cables from monoprice.com. That should improve your DVD picture alot. If your player does not have component output, invest 60 bucks in a panasonic or Sony progressive scan player. Invest 120 and get a Sony upconvert player that gets very good reviews. For the sony upconvert, you will need an HDMI cable which you can get from monoprice for about 10 bucks. Never buy name brand cables at a store. You will be 10x too much.
Several other things you should consider. First, out of the box settings are for catching your eye at Best Buy or Circuity City or any brightly lit showroom where the set has to compete with 100 others. It will look lousy in your home and burn your eyes in five minutes. Use the search function for this thread with the following terms +iris +brightness +hue + color. That should bring up posts with settings people are using. Another option is to go into the video settings menu and play with the settings using your eyes as the judge. A better option is to buy Avia or DVD and adjust the set using the test patterns. ISF through Monster has any easy to use disc for adjusting your picture.
The settings you get for your DVD will not be appropriate for OTA or for a cable box but it's a good starting point. You can adjust by eyer for these sources. Great thing about the Sony is that you can separate settings for each input.
If you've got $300 lying around, find a local ISF certified calibrator to calibrate your set. The one thing you need to be mindful of is that when you calibrate a set, it will be far less bright. Give your eyes and brain a couple of weeks to adjust. You will then appreciate that the picture is far better than what you had. We tend to be accustomed to overly bright pictures but overly bright pictures is not the best way to view the content.
Finally, get HD programming. That is what these sets are meant to do. I currently have Comcast cable. While I don't like the company, the quality of their HD feed is quite good. The programs on Discovery Theater HD cannot be beat. Sporting events, especially football are wonderful. You can see every blade of grass. If you live near a city that has OTA HD programming, hook up a $10 pair of rabbit ears from Radio Shack. That's all you need to pull in about 3 or 4 OTA HD channels.
Once your adjust your set, upgrade your DVD cables or player, and get some HD to watch, I think you will start enjoying this television.