Originally Posted by pebkacTX
This is Tapouts
Settings for 360 on component
Black adjust off
Dynamic contrast low
color space auto
edge enhancement off
White balance and my color on default.
AMP on low
Alright... i came home and upgraded the firmware to 2004. I now do not get TBE with amp on low as i did before. Sweet!
The graininess via 360 and PS3 doooo seem just a tiny bit better, but not by a whole bunch.
I went ahead and calibrated the 360 Component in Movie Mode per the instructions above. The image looks a little dark and very subdued, almost hazy... using stanard mode as calibrated in post 1500, it is a bit brighter and more vibrant, and using Dynamic mode it is all very bright and detailed, but also so sharp that the grain effect is a lot worse and more apparent.
Using Component my 360 menu feels almost blurry. When i connected my 360 to my cheaper set via VGA, everything was SUPER sharp and vibrant. Now it feels sharp under a layer of blur or something. The wii looks the exact same via 480p Component, so it must just be the way this TV is displaying through this type of connection.
I checked out planet earth again and i noted that during the main menu where it shows a still picture with the menu options below, the background image looks pixelated. Like the elephants in the field look grainy if you get even relatively close to the TV. All the menu items look very sharp though, esp the Samsungs own menu items, theyre razor sharp. When i start the movie and the BBC HD splash screen plays through, it looks super sharp and nice. But then when the actual movie starts, the graininess is there and worse in certain darker scenes. The closer i get to the TV the more apparent it is, right up to appauling if im like a foot from it. Again, thats not on all scenes though... I then put in 300 and it had the film grain effect by default, but still had some POP to it. I decided to put The Departed in and it is by far the cleanest looking HD-DVD ive seen so far, but even it looked a tad bit grainy if i get sorta close.
I tried playing DOA4, and it looks strange... sharp beneath a layer of haze just like the main system menus do. When i am in character selection screen the characters look TOO sharp and the edges are all very jaggy. When i highlight the drunken boxing character his hair looks like alien tendrils instead of hair like it did on my CRT and cheaper LCD. When i highlite the short old man (Gen Fu?) his furry outfit looks crazy. All the fur on it suffers from major vapors or something... ive heard people describe vapors as "1950s alien force fields" and thats whats happening on all the fur, its all blurry. And on top of all of this it looks hazy. Ugh!
I started up the PS3 and it still looks relatively the same. Much better than the 360 but still far from perfect. The menus all look super sharp, the talking skull in Pirates 3 looks amazing, but during the actual movie i still see film grain in BR movies like on the 360.
I was hoping that the firmware upgrade would fix all of this but i guess i have to just finally admit to myself that it wont. I paid a ton of money for something that just works "ok" as my fiance puts it... "Honey, it looks ok... not HORRIBLE or anything.. its watchable..."
I dont want it to just look ok dammit, i paid too much for that and i could have stayed with the cheaper LCD which looked better.
Alright i guess i'll call customer support now.