I'm not even sure if this is even in the correct forum. The CRT proj forum seemed lacking many RPTV posts (via search.) Anyway, my dvd settings look unbelievable, but many of my cable stations look extra dark. My cable is just analog as of now, but some stations look worse than others and the majority look extra dark. I believe my brightness is set for around 58. The pictures aren't all that great but I know GIGO, it's the darkness that irks me. It seems to be mostly the first couple channels (which are the broadcast nets.) Any idea on a solution. I tried to change from film to video but that didn't help. BTW, I used VE and all the "bad modes" are turned off. I believe the picture is also set to medium. BTW, it's contrast that kills the set, not brightness, correct?