01-10-2007, 07:49 AM
Just purchased the Sony KDL-40XBR2 and used fellow posters recommendation for the settings and have also used DVE, but I still have a picture that looks slightly whitewashed. I don't have the confidence, yet, to dive into the settings and start messing around. I plan on having the set professionally calibrated in a month or so, but until then I would like to improve the PQ.
Also, what are the factory settings I am reading about? How do I get a manual and a passcode for my television? Is this something I should even worry about at this point?
01-10-2007, 05:11 PM
and used fellow posters recommendation for the settings and have also used DVE, but I still have a picture that looks slightly whitewashed.
Just use the DVD (DVE) and pay little attention to others numbers.
Use a Pluge pattern for the black levels and a crossed stairstep pattern to set the white levels. These controls (Brightness for Black level and Picture or Contrast for white levels) will interact.
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Entering service menus is not where you want to go until you have a thorough understanding of the pitfalls you may encounter.
01-10-2007, 07:41 PM
Enjoyed your site. The more I read the more I figure I will need some professional help. I also enjoy your posts very much, thanks for being such an active contributer. Back to DVE for now. Any suggestions for a break in period on my set?
01-10-2007, 09:17 PM
Before a grayscale calibration we (ISF) like to have about 100 hours of run time. For user controls, go for it now. Really play close attention to the Black/White levels. Getting those wired is essential to the overall color and depth your set can muster.
It really is not too tough... just try to get a visable delineation of the top white IRE registers, say from 70 IRE on up. Make sure you can see a change in white in each step. The one thing that Sony's OOB settings does is to "crush" these last steps. What it causes is that an object is seen as a white pattern only, like cumulus clouds for example, when in actuality those clouds have many folds adding depth to them. Another way to think of it photographically is that the images are "overexposed".
Blacks on the other hand should allow you to see detail in dark scenes without being washed out. A pretty fine line and one click of control either way can make a big difference. The user controls are kinda notchy, making bigger changes than the same change made in service. For now though...just get crackin! Have fun!