Originally Posted by nevious
Hard to get a decent photo of it. It's maybe more like some pretty serious banding coming out of highlights. Backgrounds in Daredevil on Netflix (via AppleTV) can get it pretty bad, and the blu-ray I watched of Interstellar was particularly awful. I've tried doing a ten-point grayscale calibration with a Spyder4, but the benefits have been minimal (actually color looks pretty good, but skin tones are a bit worse and the banding is still present).
I normally use one of the 2 calibrated settings: calibrated or calibrated dark. The behavior that I can see in different source materials, can be seen in the ramp in the color calibration menu. It is visible in the calibrated dark mode, and I was not able to adjust it out no matter what I moved. The 1 thing that improves the "clipping" is to use black level. I found this to be an improvement to the picture, overall, but it will crush the blacks on darker material. The calibrated mode does not blend the final levels of the ramp, so I leave black off and toggle between the 2 modes depending on what I watch. I'm not sure what video levels these are, but it is easily seen on ramps in the Spears and Munsil, and Mascior discs, or any other that have video level ramps.
Is your "banding" the light array? I exchanged my first set. It was really visible with certain scenes. My re-cert is much better in that sense. I have my color reduced to about 45, and don't notice skin tones, so much. If you don't mind the soap opera, engaging the smoother improves the processing. I prefer if off for movies and such, but use it for most broadcast materials: news, sports and such.
Hate to say it, but the set still seems a little "buggy" to me no matter how much adjustment I do. Not quite as nice as watching my VT50 or GT30. I'm keeping it for my "go to" for news watching, video games, everyday use.
I posted earlier that I thought the new firmware improved the contrasting issue, but it is still there, and will, probably, always be unless you happen to have the 1.34