Originally Posted by dw0827
I've had a 42" PX77U for a few days now. I'm also new to the world of HD. And I've managed to get myself confused a bit. Ok, a lot.
It's about settings. I see some posts recommending settings for the 50". How transferable are those to a 42" (if at all)? Does anyone have good settings for the 42"?
Its mostly about red. I watched a DVD last night and the reds were exactly the way I would expect them to be. But earlier I was watching some HD channels (via cable) and my wife said red wasn't right. They looked dead, lifeless, and rusty brownish. Even on Standard. So I started messing with Custom and still can't get what I want. So I reset Custom and start over. I've tried the C/Net recommendation (for a dark room) and that was really no better.
One major problem is that, being new to HD, I have no comparison point of reference. I don't know what it SHOULD look like. I don't want it to look cartoonish (Vivid), Standard doesn't do the trick, and I could mess with Custom for a year and get nowhere.
Anyone got some 42" settings I can plug in? You all know a whole lot more than I do about how this should look. I'd be grateful for your recommendations.
Well, I can answer my own question. Being a new set, I've been adding peripherals . . . and in the process, I loosened one of the component video connections to the point where it WASN'T connected. The red one, no less.
I seated it properly, turned on the TV, and POW! WHAM! SHAZAM! the picture is as pretty as could be. Plenty of bright red.
I am an idiot. Forgot to check the most obvious thing.
Now the picture quality is phenomenal. Fooling around with the settings changes it somewhat but its always great. For now, I'm going with the CNet settings (but moving sharpness closer to 0 than the -30 they suggest).
Sometimes the problem is the most obvious one . . . operator error. (Sigh)