Well, week two with my E60-C3 and I feel like I've come really close to having it dialed in. A few things that I've discovered over the weeks that might help people improve their picture quality;
1) The "Black Detail" setting that I had on "low" was the cause of weird ghosting/rippling in dark scenes, especially when viewed off axis. Turning this setting to off nearly eliminates the issue for me.
2) Over-scan. I was having real issues with my cable channels. They just didn't look right to me. On a whim I tried the Picture Size and Position setting. After reducing the picture size to it's smallest (apparent), the cable picture improved substantially. Turns out there was significant over-scan that was stretching the picture. At it's smallest setting, the picture still fills the screen.
3) Sharpness. For cable and any non 1080p content, lowering the sharpness setting to nearly zero reduces the grainyness of the picture. "5" seems to be the right setting for me.
4) Cable Box output. This might not apply to everyone. I have Verizon FiOS and my cable box allows me to set the output to either "Native", which outputs the channels as they are broadcast, or a specific resolution. Setting my cable box to "1080i" (Verizon's max resolution), greatly improved the channels that don't natively broadcast at 1080. So, 720p and lower resolution broadcasts are up-scaled by the cable box to 1080i.
5) Game Low Latency produces weird gray boxes on HULUPlus. Ok, this is a strange one. I had this setting turned on for HDMI 3, which is my surround receiver that has my PS4 and XboxOne plugged into it. When watching HULU via either console, the picture would have a strange 4:3 gray overlay on 16:9 content. Turning this off remedy the issue. I then tried this setting on the built-in HULU smart app and the SAME THING HAPPENED. Turning it back off cleared the gray 4:3 box. I'd note that I don't notice any game controller latency with this option turned off. BUT, my bigger question is what else this setting might me causing issues with when turned on?
6) "Clear Action" is bogus. Maybe it's just me, but when I turn this option on I notice significant screen flicker. ...kind of like back when you'd set an old CRT monitor's refresh rate too low. Worse, it doesn't perform as advertised. Grand Theft Auto 5, a game that will show any TV's inability to show fast moving content, looks awful with this setting on. Driving is a blurry and jerky mess. Turn it off and everything returns to normal. For a 60hz native panel, it does wonderful without any added gaming features.
7) Copying Settings From Websites didn't work for me and only made the whole process more confusing and frustrating. I bought this TV heavily based on website and user reviews. While I feel like I made the right buy, I also feel like I made a mistake by simply copying settings from these websites. After the first week, I deleted the settings and started over on my own. There are just too many variables. Everyone has different ambient lighting, seating distances, seating angles, signal quality, per device signal differences and personal preferences.
8) This TV is EXCELLENT at showing signal deficiencies. The difference between say, cable TV and the gaming consoles are staggering, regardless of settings. The PS4, which passes true 1080p, couldn't look better to me. It's perfect. Streaming sits somewhere in between. That said, it's my opinion that your worst signal quality input device will ALWAYS look bad, compared to your best. So, regardless of settings, you'll always be disappointed when switching back to it from your highest quality one.
So, that's it for now. I'm 90% happy with the PQ I get. The only two things left for me to figure out are the impacts that both the "Reduce Signal Noise" and "Reduce Block Noise" has on the PQ, per input device or streaming service.
Also, I feel like my picture is to bright. Whites are blinding. When I turn down the "Backlight" then everything that isn't white seems to dark.
BUT, The lesson I'm (slowly) learning? After you get the picture you think is best, just enjoy the content, versus constantly diving for the original remote to mess with settings. ...it's just up in the air how long that will take. :-)
Last edited by eliamike; 09-14-2015 at 09:44 AM.