Originally Posted by pwiss
Well I tried the CNET settings and they look much more realistic. Skin tones look accurate and the colors don't look as cartoonish as they do out of the box. I had my previous crt rear projection isf calibatrated twice and now the Sony looks more like it should. I did put noise reduction on low as it does help the noise without sacrifining too much detail. I agree about the detail enhancer option. On another thread "KTTV images" said that the detail enhancer works both horizontally and vertically as opposed to the sharpness control which works just horizontally. I used the dish network guide page to adjust it and on the medium setting the letters look clearer and more defined. I toned down the sharpness from CNET's 50 to a setting of 35 to compensate for having the detail enhancer on and it looks again "realistic". It sure is nice to have a TV that has so many user control options.
I also gave the CNET settings a test drive. Although the settings are different than mine, the net result is very similar. However, based on auditioning a lot of material with dark scenes, I think they have the brighness set too low, resulting in a loss of detail in dark scenes.
Apparently, for relatively good sources, the CNET "Picture=84, Iris=Min" setting produces almost exactly the same effect as my "Picture=62, Iris=Auto2" settings. However, I find that the auto-iris does a good job over a wider range of material. The downside is that the auto-iris adjustments are sometimes noticeable. I seldom notice it unless I'm looking for it, so for me it's a good tradeoff.
However, I now prefer the Warm2 setting, after making the white balance adjustments as per CNET. But that requires minor modifications to some of my other settings: Brightness needs to go to 59 from 58, Picture needs to go to 65 from 62, and Color needs to go to 39 from 38. I have updated my original settings post accordingly.