Originally Posted by OldSlow
After a couple years of hemming n hawing I finally bought a bigscreen. The 50A2000! Very impressed so far.
I added a cheapo dvd up converter and it does indeed make a noticeable difference from my cheapo regular dvd player.
HD programming supposed to show up tomorrow.
Do any of you guys use tools like Avia to calibrate the set?
Are there links to any posted settings?
I would like to thank the members here for a lot of helpful and useful posts which made my decision easier. I read a lot of stuff over the last month or 2!
I've been using AVIA to calibrate all my tvs for 4 or 5 years now-it or some other good calibration disc are essential as far as I'm concerned for setting basic picture controls (contrast, brightness, color, tint, sharpness) as no two sets even of the same model are going to be exactly the same and another person's settings are not going to be perfect for your set. Following other's recommendations for advanced features like iris controls and noise reduction can be valid but the basic settings are gonna vary too much from set to set to just "copy and Paste" someone else's results.
These discs do cost money, but also have comprehensive setup tones for audio and a wealth of test patterns for video--well worth the investment for getting the most out of an expensive tv.