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Panny S1 w/ PS3 Question

Tysonm
01-24-2010, 12:30 AM
I got the 54" Panny S1 and got a PS3 with it as well since I am trying to use it as a blu ray. My problem is, I went and rented a blu ray tonight to watch on the tv and noticed the picture looked like crap and after I figured it out, my PS3 was only outputting 480i, I tried changing the setting to HDMI and when I click on the setting to use the HDMI the screen goes black for 30 seconds and then comes back on (the scrolling at the bottom says, if the screen goes black for 30 seconds and comes back on, then the settings you chose didn't work) I don't know what else I can do to get my tv to play 1080p or how to get the PS3 to output 1080p ??? Any suggestions would be great!

Tysonm
01-24-2010, 12:47 AM
So I figured out that my problem was that I had my tv on the HDMI slot 1 setting when it should have been on slot 2. The picture looks great now, but my friend that works at BestBuy said "the tv will look ok, but if it were calibrated by a professional, it would make the picture look amazing! Because they have special tools" How much does it normally cost to have someone come in your home and calibrate your tv for you? Or is it cheaper to buy the tools yourself? My friend said he can get a set for $150.

HiDefRev
01-24-2010, 01:49 PM
You can get a great calibration disc at www.amazon.com for $30 or less. They are easy to use and do a great job. :2cents

Tysonm
01-24-2010, 03:47 PM
Would there be a noticeable difference between a disc calibrating my tv or having a professional do it?

mytime
01-24-2010, 03:59 PM
Would there be a noticeable difference between a disc calibrating my tv or having a professional do it?

Depends on who the pro is and how sensitive your eyes are to subtle changes. Some here swear by a pro cal and some believe a cal disc does just fine. At the very least I would use a cal disc (and I have :D). BTW I used this..http://www.amazon.com/Spears-Munsil-High-Definition-Benchmark-Blu-ray/dp/B001UM29OC/ref=pd_rhf_shvl_1 on my 50 S1

overwhelmed987
01-24-2010, 06:24 PM
Do the calibration discs have burn-in/break-in images? Someone at work ordered one of the Avia II discs and received 2, so he said he'd let me have the dupe.

N1CK3RS0N
01-24-2010, 07:17 PM
Depends on who the pro is and how sensitive your eyes are to subtle changes. Some here swear by a pro cal and some believe a cal disc does just fine. At the very least I would use a cal disc (and I have :D). BTW I used this..http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=spears+and+munsil&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=4215878155&rk=1&ref=pd_sl_85m44rptk8_e on my 50 S1

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I am interested in hearing about this calibration stuff. I never really heard of it before. I'm looking to buy my first HDTV soon. Check my post: http://www.highdefforum.com/flat-panel-tvs/107301-help-me-pick-my-first-hdtv.html

mytime
01-24-2010, 07:54 PM
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I am interested in hearing about this calibration stuff. I never really heard of it before. I'm looking to buy my first HDTV soon. Check my post: http://www.highdefforum.com/flat-panel-tvs/107301-help-me-pick-my-first-hdtv.html
I edited my post. The new link should work.

Tysonm
01-25-2010, 12:03 PM
Does the calibration disc only change the basics: Brightness, contrast, color, sharpness? or does it change settings that you can't change without the disc?

jkkyler
01-25-2010, 03:26 PM
Does the calibration disc only change the basics: Brightness, contrast, color, sharpness? or does it change settings that you can't change without the disc?

The discs do not change anything by themself. Rather, they let you make changes to get your tv displaying an accurate picture.

PFC5
01-25-2010, 03:32 PM
They provide reference material so you know what it SHOULD look like and have test screens so you can make the adjustments to match what the reference material should look like on your displays. ;)

s2mikey
01-25-2010, 06:20 PM
Does the calibration disc only change the basics: Brightness, contrast, color, sharpness? or does it change settings that you can't change without the disc?

Yes, only the basics. The cal discs are a solid tool but are nowhere near as detailed as an actual professional calibration. In a pro cal, they will enter your service menu and adjust RGB values and various other settings that are NOT available to consumers unless you know how to get in. And, if those settings are changed by anyone other than a professional calibrator your warranty is voided immediately. And, yeah, they know you were in there via local software/firmware in the TV.

A real calibration will attempt to get your TV as close to video standards as possible. Now, the funny part is that not everyone will like such settings. "Accurate" means accurate to measuring tools, NOT what you or I might think is visually accurate. So, a calibrated TV will be set to a standard that has been established by video professionals, movie industry, ISF, etc, etc.

Its not a bad idea, but bear in mind that a calibrated image may not appeal to you. Just saying.