Originally Posted by foladar
What would someone suggest in terms of calibrating a 32LC7D? I'm absolutely newb to this, so take it easy on me! lol
I picked up a 37LC7D on sale for my mother a couple of weeks ago, and then got a 42LC7D for myself. Here is what I concluded after experimenting with the settings.
The default picture settings are way to bright. I guess that helps sell sets in the store, but it is overwhelming in the home and washes out the picture. The picture also seemed somewhat green, more so on the 42.
I settled on the following settings:
- Contrast 80 - CADTV
- Contrast 85 - CATV
- Brightness 35 - CADTV
- Brightness 40 - CATV
- Color 65 - CADTV
- Color 70 - CATV
- Sharpness - 75 CADTV
- Sharpness - 70 CATV
- Tint - R10 - CADTV
- Tint - R5 - CADTV
Note: This is for the 42", I think the I set the 32" to R5 or less.
- Backlevel - Undecided.
Not available on my 42", purchased in Dec but manufactured in March!
It is on the 37", made in October. I reduced it, to about 65. Setting the
level to low seems to dull the picture.
VIDEO>COLOR TEMPERATURE - Medium - All program sources
The factory default of Cool is to blue, and Warm is to brown.
I did not see a need for a User setting with Medium selected.
I leave it on Auto, all settings at ON.
Turning XD Contrast to OFF resulted in a somewhat "flat" image.
Noise and Color ON/OFF didn't seem to have much of an impact.
As you probably noticed, each programming source carries (saves) it's own settings. So, if you have a DVD connected to Component 1, a cable box connected to AV1, and get HD TV from a roof antenna connected to the RF TV input, then you will need to define the settings for each of these programmng sources.
Additionally, the TV input is sub-divided into four groups, TV, DTV, CATV and CADTV which carry their individual settings. So, if your basic cable company RF coax input (TV) scanned both analog channels (CATV) and digital (CADTV) signals, you will need to define the picture settings under each of these programming sources. This may sound like a lot of work compared to one global setting, but this is a good thing since the signal varies from one type of input to another.
What makes a good picture is somewhat subjective, so use these settings as a starting point, then experiment. The settings are not exact because the input signal varies not only from input to input, but from station to station, show to show and even camera to camera.
Try to do the adjustments on live telecasts, such as outdoor sporting events or a studio news cast. The goal is to get an average setting that works for the majority of the programming viewed on a particular input source. If you are watching a special program such as the Super Bowl or a movie, then adjust the setting for that program.