Ok guys and gals, I think I may be on to something.
Originally Posted by garyc8710
...Now as colnago mentioned earlier, increasing the Sub-brt from the default of 7DE would allow one to use the Cinema mode and dark setting more often . I did this with good results.Is there any downside to making this adjustment to the baseline bright setting that I'm unaware of?By the way, Sub-Brt setting is Global, only one change is needed for all pic modes anf inputs.
I just woke up and did some quick changes at 3am (fell asleep on couch at 10pm after making minor changes to "Contrast" on Component) so take this with a grain of salt.
I was a little worried going into Service menu a few weeks ago, on the Component
port, because the Contrast has what I'll n00bishly call "active Contrast monitor", which has realtime contrast level display of sorts (I was calibrating live TV). Initially, I thought I had a stuck volume key on the remote.
Anyway long story shorter, I initially had Contrast set to about 185
, which is near what I think the set came with, and had dropped it down to ~150
tonight. This seemed to help out with the "torchy whites".
When I went back in later, I dropped the value to 11B
, and now I do not get that glare from "reflections" on peoples' faces, etc, that I had mentioned earlier. This allowed me to push Picture
mode, up to +30
, without giving it that super-saturated look. Subsequently, I was able dig out even more detail in the dark sections. The Dark Knight
and Hellboy 2
trailers on HDNet
look much much better in this respect. These changes seem to give that extra brightness people were looking for from Cinema mode, while still retaining an overall clean PQ
The biggest discovery though was that the changes on the Component port seem to carry over to HDMI (global setting?), whereas Contrast is "not" configurable on HDMI (at least not my set, firmware issue?). My once "soft/blurry" component PQ is now really sharp/focused, even with my $40 Monster Cables
. The little bit of SD I watched after the changes, via DishNetwork I was complaining about, also looks markedly better.
My preliminary settings are:User Menu/Component
Black Level: Light
Color Temp: WarmService Menu
Contrast: 11B (HDMI port still says 000; I'll still be working with this value)
Sub-Brt: 820 (I'll be backing this down to ~800)
R Cut: 80
B Cut: 80
G Cut: 80
R Drv: DE
G Drv: DB
B Drv: 99
All Cut: 80
All Drv: DE
(All of the Cut/Drv Settings are pretty much Default
There is still some wiggle room and fine tuning left in it, but where my previous posts got me in the ball park, I now have some good seats. At this point, "I feel like I have a better TV".
I no longer feel the "need" to get an ISF, where I was once on the fence. I think I've pretty much resolved the few issues I had regarding the: over-saturated Reds, slight Green push (minor Tint changes), torchy whites, and crushed blacks (still need a lil work, but much more liveable now).
Hope this helps.