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I just purchased a new Mitsubishi 55809. The picture seems a little dark to me, and I was looking for some help in making some adjustments. I don't have any fancy callibrating software, and was just curious if there are some basic guidelines for getting the job done.


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The DVD's are not model specific. Basically they contain a tutorial for properly setting up your TV utilizing the basic user controls on every set (Brightness, Contrast, Color, Tint and Sharpness).


They provide test patterns and instruct you on the proper way to use those test patterns. For Color & Tint, the use of a blue filter is required (basically a piece of blue film), this filter is enclosed with the disc (the Avia disc also included a green and red filter for more advanced tests).


Both of these discs also include tutorials and tests to properly set up a surround sound system as well. The purchase of either of these discs is money well spent.


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Does anyone else fill like their Mitsu is way to dark? Coming from my Sony XBR 32" I almost feel like my Mits is in black and white some times.


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To really do it up right, hire an ISF certified calibrator to come in. The cost can vary ($300 or more), depending on just how far you want to go, but it is well worth it.


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I got myself the DVD for calibration and tried running through the steps a few times. I have ended up with my brightness a couple of pushes past 50%, Contrast at about 30% and tint and color right close to 50%. My sharpness is turned near 0%. Do these numbers seem pratical or am I way off? My picture I do believe is better, but still seems just a little weird. I really don't quite get the idea of paying somebody several hundred dollars to come make my brand new tv look decent. Also, I do not know if I am going to be able to get use to the 16x9 stretching of a 4x3 picture http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/frown.gif !


Is there any better way to stretch the picture or do networks plan to at least begin broadcasting in wide screen in the near future? I watch mainly satellite at this point. DVD is of little consequence to me, sports are what matter. I am about 7 days through my 30 day trial period, and I am fighting myself to just not abandon ship. Is there any really solid big screens out there in 4x3 format?


Thanks for all the good advice http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif


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If you don't watch DVDs and you don't like "Stretched" mode then it looks like you may want to consider a 4:3 TV. There are some widescreen Hi Def & 480p programs available via OTA Digital reception and the satellite sytems (HBO-HD, SHO-HD, PPV). I don't know what Digital programming is offered in Salt Lake but CBS will be airing SEC football in Hi Def every week & probably AFC playoff games. They will also have some US Open Tennis. Fox may show the SuperBowl 16:9 480p but who knows. There is also suppose to be a Hi Def sports channel on DirecTV coming soon. Good Luck with your decision!


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Originally posted by CondoMax:
There are two DVDs that will help you with calibration, Video Essentials and Avia Guide to Home Theater. Both go for around $50 retail, though I've seen Video Essentials selling for a lot less at Best Buy. Here are their web sites:


Video essentials: http://www.videoessentials.com

Avia: http://www.ovationsoftware.com
Problems with both of these links. The Avia one takes you to some goofy web page for a company that sells software to help people manage a theater (ticket booking, etc.) The correct link is:
http://www.ovationsw.com/


The second link, for Video Essentials, states the following:

" 20 August 2001 The distribution of Video Essentials will draw to a close nearly four years after it was brought to market in October of 1997. It will be making way for a new generation of DVD that uses 1080p/24 High Definition source material and "True Progressive Mastering". The remaining copies of this highly sought after disc will be available at retail. As supplies get short we'll list retailers who let us know they still have stock. "


Andrew




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If you want a 4:3 then check out the Sony 53HS30 or the 61HS30. I own the 53inch and am very happy with it. I did not really do much calibration beyond using the Avia DVD and my TV looks great. I get HDTV via dishnet and some over the air channels as well.

Via Video 5, the TV does the vertical squeeze to give a really good picture for DVDs as well. But I gather you dont care about that.

there is also a yahoo group devoted to this TV model. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sonyhs10




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