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Picture setting for HDTV after break in period.

Jammers
01-19-2010, 08:30 AM
I'm in the middle of breaking in my new Panasonic Plasma TV and wonder after the break in period what would be the best settings to use? I've had the picture mode on custom and contrast and color at about 50. Standard looks to dark and Vivid is way bright. How do people feel about the THX picture mode? And what are the best settings for contrast, color etc etc?

HiDefRev
01-19-2010, 09:43 AM
You'll need to calibrate your set to determine this. Every home is different, and what works in one home may not work so well in another. You can purchase a calibration disc, such as the DVE disc at www.amazon.com . They are very inexpensive and will help you calibrate your TV for your home. :)

PFC5
01-19-2010, 09:59 AM
THX mode is the most accurate. You will probably think it is too dim at first but that is how it is supposed to look. Definitely get the calibration disc as this will help you adjust everything for the lighting in your room where the TV is.

Jammers
01-19-2010, 10:29 AM
The problem is it seems most of the calibration discs are for blu-ray players and i just have a regular dvd player.

PFC5
01-19-2010, 10:53 AM
They have a DVE (digital Video Essentials) for NTSC which is the USA SD DVD format. ;)

Jammers
01-19-2010, 11:29 AM
Is this what you are talking about? http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Video-Essentials-Entertainment-Component/dp/B00005PJ70/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1263921905&sr=8-3 If so it appears to be a bit outdated and the reviews for it were less then favorable. There has to be a disc more recent for standard definition DVD players to play then this one.

PFC5
01-19-2010, 12:33 PM
It is from 2004 or 2005. By then there were already digital displays so it is fairly current. Not much has changed really.

You could get AVIA II which came out in 2008 also:

http://www.amazon.com/Avia-II-Artist-Not-Provided/dp/B000X4NJNS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1263925867&sr=1-1

Jammers
01-19-2010, 12:52 PM
K thanks. :thumbsup:

Loves2Watch
01-19-2010, 12:52 PM
Or you could purchase this one - http://www.ovationmultimedia.com/htt.html

easy_13
01-19-2010, 01:05 PM
Are the BD calibration discs >> the SD calibration discs? Should I rent/borrow a BD player to do the calibration?

Loves2Watch
01-19-2010, 09:46 PM
Are the BD calibration discs >> the SD calibration discs? Should I rent/borrow a BD player to do the calibration?

Use whatever player you have currently connected and use the appropriate DVD or Blur-ay associated with it...