Originally Posted by seikon
To be honest...at times this tv seems fantastic and then other times it's just so-so. I think contrast (and sometimes colors) is the big issue for me.
A couple things come to mind...
I'm strongly considering doing the pot tune, but in all honesty I'm a little concerned my tv might explode!? Do you think that might fix my contrast problems? My thoughts are that plasma's struggle with white and this tv doesn't have very great blacks, so maybe deeper black might make for much better contrast. that makes some sense right?
My issue with the colors is that they sometimes look pastel-like. I do have my color setting to medium because I watch a lot of hockey and that seems to give me an acceptable white ice. If I'm in warm, warm2, the ice looks almost yellow. Is there a way to use one of the warm settings and change a color setting or 2 to rid myself of the yellow look? That might be helpful.
Any information/help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
More info is needed about your source material and your settings before any real recommendation could be made. I will say that you are better off to use at least warm1 and turn the color down a notch if the yellow tint is too much for you. You can't get accurate color representation on medium, this is about accuracy though and not preference. If you like the look of medium, then use it. I think you need time to adjust to a proper calibration.
Some quick tips: Assuming you haven't tried them already.
Panel Light - Keep it at 100% always and adjust other settings accordingly.
Use "expert settings" run the picture wizard. Get everything as close to the true and accurate color as possible, not the "preferred".
Check that all "dynamic contrast" and other extraneous options are turned off.
See if your source requires a black level of "low" or "high", this changes depending on your source...and it automatically changes along with your settings if the source jumps from 60hz to 24hz. Check it while your desired program is running.
Pot tweak did help in my case. I don't have the knowledge to advise on possible dangers or damage that could happen. The improvement isn't earth shattering so don't expect a miracle. If you have some hesitation about doing it...the difference in quality probably doesn't justify the risk. If you can afford to replace the tv if you screw it up and are willing to take those risks, it certainly wasn't difficult to do. I can say without a doubt that the television runs hotter and uses more electricity with the tweak done. It hasn't caused anything negative (yet). It gives maybe a 10-15% increase in contrast ratio at best in my opinion. Image retention (not burn in) is more prevalent after pot tweak. It takes less time to happen, but it goes away quickly and is easily remedied by the color wash feature.
All of that said, the set has excellent color reproduction, good shadow detail, very vibrant colors and an exceptionally detailed picture. If those things are not true in your case, I think you need to do some tweaking in the settings.
The settings need to be redone every 100-150 hours for the first 500 hours or so in my experience. Slight changes occurred on my set during that time.
Lastly, I need different settings for every single input device I use. They are all slightly different, and no single set of settings will be correct for every source. Use a setting for each source and possibly for day and night viewing as well.
I'm not an expert, so take that advice however you wish. I do think my television has a pretty great picture for the price and I have been exposed to very well reviewed and properly calibrated television sets. At 60", nothing under $800-900 that I've seen can top the set.
Good luck whatever you choose to do, I hope you find more enjoyment in your set.