Originally Posted by CosmoNut
Gotcha. I knew it was black tone but called it the wrong thing. Too many settings to keep straight!
If you have a calibration disc then try this. Turn off " Dynamic Contrast" and "Black Tone" completely. Also temporarily
turn off "Smart LED" and "Cinema Black". Now put up the "Brightness (Black Level)" pattern to calibrate your brightness setting to the proper sitting. After you have done that leave that test pattern up and try playing with the "Black Tone" setting and see what it does to the pattern.
After you have done this if you like you can turn back on "Dynamic Contrast (but I would avoid the High
setting)". You can also turn on "Smart LED (I would also avoid High sitting on this also if possible)" and "Cinema Black" if you like how Cinema Black performs.
If possible I would recommend (and this has always been the recommendation by professional calibrator's) to also avoid using "Black Tone" setting. By the way, professional calibrator's have also always recommended to avoid using "Dynamic Contrast" if possible but on this set with as bright as it can get it seems to help while at the same time not really affecting your brightness settings as long as you avoid High
Also if you have a calibration disc it should have tutorials with suggestions and recommendations about using these advanced settings. Review it and see what they tell you about them. And all this is not set in stone. It's your television and you can set the settings anyway you like that makes you happy with viewing it. But the point of these A/V forums (Television forum in this case) for several years up until recently I'm sad to say
has been about bringing out the best in televisions while calibrating them to proper NTSC and ATSC settings to reproduce what the director wanted the source to look like. Again this is all not set in stone. I'm just trying to give you the advice that I learned on this forum over the years I've been a member from engineers and professional calibrator's through the years that I've been in this hobby.