Originally Posted by taichi4
I'm sure you're right, Bob, and appreciate your informed advice.
My second "confession", which will outrage those who live on the audio/video cutting edge, is that I'm outputting the Bluray feed into a retro Mitsubishi 65813, an HD CRT RPTV, which has a surprisingly good picture with deep blacks. (My next TV will be an emissive QLED or a Micro LED).
Given that, my TV is 1080i, and last night I noticed that the Panasonic HDMI output was set up for 1080P, which surprise me as I thought I had change that, so I changed it to the correct setting. Would you happen to know how to adjust the settings on the Mitsubishi DVI input, which is called Monlink?
From the hinterlands of the Audio-Video world, thanks!
Typically a DVI Input will require RGB video format from the Source device (rather than YCbCr in any flavor), and probably also will not support 480i input from SD content.
The main gotcha with RGB format is that there are two flavors, and the choice between them is NOT made as part of the handshake when you establish the video connection. That is, this is a Manual choice, and it must be set to match in both the Source and the TV or you won't get the right picture.
This has to do with the data range for RGB and a mismatch will usually first be noticed in the near black details -- either a loss of near black details or near blacks appearing brighter gray than you'd expect. If you've had to make a significant adjustment in the Brightness setting in your TV, then that's also a sign of a mismatch.
Technically the setting you want for home theater use for RGB encodes "black" as the value 16 and "reference white" as the value 235. This rejoices in several names, including Studio RGB and RGB Video Level.
The choice you DON'T want encodes "black" as the value 0 and "reference white" as the value 254. This rejoices in names like Extended RGB or Enhanced RGB, which is a major source of confusion because, again, this is the choice you DON'T want.
As you can imagine, if the Source is sending black as 0 but the TV is expecting it to be 16 (or vice versa), things get screwed up.
Look for a setting in both the Source and the TV that has to do with "black levels" and which offers only TWO choices. Unfortunately there is no common name for the setting or even for the choices, so you may just have to experiment to find the right one. If you do NOT find such a setting, then odds are the Source or TV is set to only allow Studio RGB (the correct choice).
However, since your main complaint is color saturation, odds are the problem in your TV is its default setting for Picture Mode and/or Color saturation. Again, see my Blog post on Extinguishing Torch Mode settings.