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You know, maybe the PQ on the Sharp just is not very good. Granted this is my 1st HDTV as well, but there has been multiple comments about this issue so perhaps it is not a matter of a defective set.
 

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Ive owned four HDTVs and now I own a 4264U. The PQ on this set is great. But as with ANY display the source material is everything. Watching a diced up cable feed in HD or standard will just look so so. But, plug in a clean/strong signal and this thing soars. Nothing agaisnt those who are interested in other sets but lets keep this thread about optimizing the 64Us and not about how great other sets look at the store next to it.
 

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Originally Posted by PinkStallion /forum/post/11695250


LC52D64U is my first HDTV...so I guess I'm behind on the basics


Got the delivery today and set it up...connected my regular Comcast Digital box to the TV with the co-axial cable and picture looks washed off...not to the expected level. Is the connection to blame ? I also have not got a HD Box yet...planning to get one from Comcast.

One other question, I hoped to capture a few OTA HD channel to check actual HD reproduction on my TV with the available digital tuner with the TV (till I get a HD Box and hook it up with HDMI) but searching for channels did not yield anything...Am I missing something ?

BTW, I followed both tigerdave and CNET's setting...tigerdave's one produced better result!

Be sure to choose the "standard" or "user defined" picture settings because the backlight and brightness settings that accompany most of the out of the box pre-sets are very high. That usually results in a washed out image. I would set these to zero and go from there. As far as your cable box question goes, definatly upgrade to the HD box. It is my expierence that while SD looks just decent it takes HD to make these sets shine. Im not sure about OTA HD...never tried that.
 

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Now I have a question and its actually one I've had everytime I calibrate an LCD. With the AVIA disc it's instructions seemed aimed at CRTs and projectors, and while that doesnt matter when setting brightness, color, tint, and sharpness it does seem to be slightly different with contrast. In the white and black pluge pattern the white box never blooms regardless of how high you turn up the contrast with an LCD. So how do you set contrast on your LCD?


Also with the sharpness setting I can not see a difference between zero and -10....should I just drop it to negative ten as it does not seem to signicantly soften the image. The AVIA disc reccommends shutting off any sharpening...so my question is, is zero "off" or is -10 "off"?
 

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One other question, I hoped to capture a few OTA HD channel to check actual HD reproduction on my TV with the available digital tuner with the TV (till I get a HD Box and hook it up with HDMI) but searching for channels did not yield anything...Am I missing something ?

We have Comcast and if we plug the coax directly in to the set, it does find the HD channels. But just the locals, not the premium ones. At least it did for a different HD set. We haven't needed it on this set since we have the HD box. You need to make sure that before you do your search, you select digital and analog channels. The SD on this set really does suck. I am still hoping to find settings that will help with it.
 

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I ordered the LC-52D64U with the F&F deal and am waiting for it to come in. I currently own a Sony KDL- 40xbr2 LCD and hte picture is unreal. I just hope that the Sharp TV is 75% of my sony and i will be happy.
 

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I noticed that on the main D64U main thread people were customizing the "Dynamic" setting (this is the tv's default) but it is recommended to change the mode to "User" and customize those settings.


It's true, "Movie" mode is the most accurate to the 65 Kelvin so some people on the D62U thread customize this mode instead.
 

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I noticed that on the main D64U main thread people were customizing the "Dynamic" setting (this is the tv's default) but it is recommended to change the mode to "User" and customize those settings.


It's true, "Movie" mode is the most accurate to the 65 Kelvin so some people on the D62U thread customize this mode instead.

It's my impression that the different "modes" are just labels. That is, each different mode (DYNAMIC, USER, MOVIE, etc) is just a name tag for the settings you apply to it. So if you were to set all modes to the same settings, the picture would be unchanged between them. Maybe this is just my imagination and my eyes are missing something.


Don't get me wrong, I realize that out of the box they have settings that differ from one another.
 

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I was about to say the same thing...


If all the settings for each "mode" were the same, wouldn't the picture be the same?

That's the way I see it also. If you were to copy the "Movie" mode settings to the "User Defined" mode settings the two pictures should have identical results. The names are just given to a pre-defined set of settings to make it a little easier for someone who isn't comfortable adjusting their TV.
 

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That is not correct. These settings aren't just "labels."

If you were to copy settings from one mode to another, the picture will NOT be the same.


There is more to it, go read through the D62U Settings & Tweaks thread to get a better understanding.


Here is a post which highlights the different Gamma values each settings have, making these modes more than just labels:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...6#post10575376
 

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OK just got my 46" in last night -- hooked up Comcast coax straight in for now (I don't have a box)


Got the unencrypted HD signals just fine (NBC, CBS, ABC PBS, CW) - picture looks GREAT when they actually broadcast in HD


I am getting good results on many analog stations too - I went and bought a Motorola cable signal booster last week and hooked into the main cable split (after 2-way one to modem, the other to tv) - A world of difference in my signal quality(even before on my old 32" CRT)


OK finally my question: so you can't save setup/prefs on individual stations (or even analog versus digital) - ??
 

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Unfortunately, we could use a different setting on different shows on the same channel. There is very little consistency in broadcasting. I will say that since I changed my settings to those recommended by Baloo75 on the other Sharp Aquos 64 thread, the channels not only look a lot better, they don't seem to be as dramatically different when I change between them.
 

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Here are the settings I posted over in the thread:


Thought I would throw out my settings for my 46" D64U. I have noticed that many of you that have been posting screenshots have very red fleshtones. I spent about 60 minutes with Avia and have what I believe to be pretty good color. Interested to hear if anyone tries these settings if they think so also. I don't have anyway to measure the neutral axis so anyone that has a device to do this pleast post your settings.


AV-Mode = USER

Color Temp = middle

BackLight = +9

Contrast = +36 (I like a bright picture)

Brightness = -12

Color = -1

Tint = +11

Sharpness = 0


CMS Hue:

R = +5

Y = -5

G = -1

C = 0

B = 0

M = -10


CMS Saturation:

R = +6

Y = 0

G = +15

C = 0

B = +3

M = +15


Note, you will probably want to play with the brightness and contrast to suit your taste. If you want to faithfully reproduce to the NTSC standard the above Color, Tint and CMS settings are pretty close (though not perfect).


Thanks for the PM Mike, forgot this thread even existed.
 

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Thanks for posting on this thread baloo75. Since this thread primarily focuses on settings and there are a lot less posts, more people will be able to take advantage of your great settings. I am not sure what some of your advanced settings are, but the ones I have been using with your settings are:


DNR Low


OPC: Off


Advanced Menu

Color Temp: Middle

Active Contrast Black: Off

Fine Motion Advanced: Off

I/P Setting: Fast

Film mode: Off

Monochrome: Off

Range of OPC: Off
 

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Currently I have the following:


Active Contrast: Off

Fine Motion: On

I/P Setting: Slow

Film Mode: Off

OPC: Off

DNR: low
 

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Here are the settings I posted over in the thread:


Brightness = -12


Note, you will probably want to play with the brightness and contrast to suit your taste.

I had to adjust my brightness back to "0" last night. The "-12" is just far too dark and I have Fine Motion OFF which when ON (like you use) makes the picture even darker.


A good example is X-Men 3 at 50:45 into the movie. It's a shot of Professor Xavier's wheelchair sitting in a lowly-lit room. I was watching/testing last night in a room lit by two lamps on each side of me and each with 100-watt bulbs. At "0" brightness I could make out all the details. At "-12" it was far too dark.


I wonder if the sets vary from unit to unit in the manufacturing process so that "-12" on one looks different than "-12" on another. Furthermore, we really aren't comparing apples to apples because I have a 52" screen and yours is 46". I believe smaller screens have better brightness or contrast.
 

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Mine is a 42" and -12 is too dark in most situations.
 
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