Originally Posted by ironbull
I setup my HD71 with the HDMI cable, turned it on put in HPOP HD DVD and it was a let down! The amount of video noise, halos and flicker in the preset modes was awful! Even upconversion of SD was bad. HDTV on component was very disappointing. I went to user preset and tuned using DVE DVD version and that made things a little better but watching fast action scenes is giving me eye strain. I am not joking as I was really looking forward to making the switch to HD.
Can anyone give me some insight! Should I return or exchange? My H30 looked better! My Image is 70" wide and I sit 9.6ft away under the projector. Am I to close maybe?
Ideal is 1.5 back which would be 12.5'. But that's probably not it.
Things to do -
1. Turn off Ai, if it's on.
2. Make sure the lamp is set at STD not birght.
3. Choose Cinema Mode Choice
4. Tune the blacks, leave the white set at the minus factory number it's at.
5. Tune colors with blue filter.
If it's still too bright you could try Film Gamma instead of factory Video Gamma, it's darker. If you do re-tune all the above. If none of this works and you still have eyestrain you could either try a ND filter or send the machine back for a refund if you can.
The reason I suggest leaving contrast at the factory mark. Contrast and brightness moved higher up will cause the video noise, or dithering. I noticed when moving contrast higher which I could without crushing the grayscale suffered and went to a red bias. You can see this on any graysteps pattern, like needle pulse steps or Pluge.
So you don't need to max out contrast for this digital PJ. I asked Guy Kuo along time ago the best way to set contrast, he told me make the lighter moving bar half the brightness of the darker moving contrast pattern bar. Some PJs you can push it and set contrast to the point of white crush, but not this one the colors will suffer.
Hope the tuning works for you.
Edit: here's a big change things item I missed. If you still see noise for HT movie watching turn down or all the way down the brilliant color item. Then just use brilliant color for TV watching, or daytime sports.