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No Effect When Changing Sharpness

aed55
02-25-2009, 01:11 PM
The sharpness setting on my Panny 50PX80U doesn't seem to have any effect regardless of where it is set. Don't have a calibration disk to try, but thought I should see some difference especially when viewing a screen with text, such as my DishNetwork menu.

RandyWalters
02-25-2009, 01:33 PM
The sharpness setting on my Panny 50PX80U doesn't seem to have any effect regardless of where it is set. Don't have a calibration disk to try, but thought I should see some difference especially when viewing a screen with text, such as my DishNetwork menu.The Sharpness range on a Plasma is very narrow; nowhere near as extreme as on an old tube TV. Most of us just set it very low or all the way down. I think it's just a limitation of the typical fixed pixel display.

PFC5
02-25-2009, 03:12 PM
I believe they purposely limited the range of the sharpness control on the Panasonic plasmas since there really is no need for adjusting sharpness with digital displays.

Just an FYI. The 2008 model Panasonic plasmas like yours and mine use the "50" position for the neutral setting for sharpness. Setting it to around that position is the best setting. I happen to use 56 on mu 50pz80u because it adds very slight detail without EE.

You could try my settings I use that I have in the "settings" link in my signature to see if they work better for you. Many people love them and you might too.

Hope this helps!

aed55
02-25-2009, 10:43 PM
I believe they purposely limited the range of the sharpness control on the Panasonic plasmas since there really is no need for adjusting sharpness with digital displays.

Just an FYI. The 2008 model Panasonic plasmas like yours and mine use the "50" position for the neutral setting for sharpness. Setting it to around that position is the best setting. I happen to use 56 on mu 50pz80u because it adds very slight detail without EE.

You could try my settings I use that I have in the "settings" link in my signature to see if they work better for you. Many people love them and you might too.

Hope this helps!

My question about sharpness was more or less out of curiosity. Just seemed like if something doesn't have much effect, why provide it in the settings? Of course if their competitors provide a sharpness setting, they almost have to do the same, so they don't appear to be cutting corners.

BTW, I have been using your settings for about a month and am very pleased with them. I was going to buy a calibration disc, but after using your settings, I decided to save my money.:)

PFC5
02-25-2009, 11:41 PM
My question about sharpness was more or less out of curiosity. Just seemed like if something doesn't have much effect, why provide it in the settings? Of course if their competitors provide a sharpness setting, they almost have to do the same, so they don't appear to be cutting corners.

BTW, I have been using your settings for about a month and am very pleased with them. I was going to buy a calibration disc, but after using your settings, I decided to save my money.:)

Glad you like them. :D

Digital TVs shouldn't really even have a sharpness setting, but like you said, if a mfg left that out much of the public would think they were gypped.

newtodef
02-26-2009, 09:09 AM
I used PFC5's settings and they looked good but do to the difference in sets I bought my own disk and set the stuff myself his settings were very close, I only had to change a few things by a few numbers. Having the disk is good if you need to change settings for other devices like an xbox or playstation.

newtodef
02-26-2009, 09:29 AM
DVE disks have a pattern for sharpness, I maxed it out and saw no major change, then I lowered it all the way and saw no major change so I left it at 56.

Loves2Watch
02-26-2009, 09:34 AM
Remember that sharpness controls may not have any effect in some viewing modes. Make sure your TV is in custom mode when making adjustments.

PFC5
02-26-2009, 10:09 AM
Actually with the 2008 model Panasonic plasmas, the CINEMA mode is the most accurate mode and has the correct gamma, but some want it brighter so then the CUSTOM mode should be used in those instances. I only use the CUSTOM mode to make it brighter for gaming or if the sun is shinning bright into the room and use the CINEMA mode for all movie/night viewing. I hardly ever use CUSTOM mode though.

mvftw
02-26-2009, 11:39 AM
Actually with the 2008 model Panasonic plasmas, the CINEMA mode is the most accurate mode and has the correct gamma, but some want it brighter so then the CUSTOM mode should be used in those instances. I only use the CUSTOM mode to make it brighter for gaming or if the sun is shinning bright into the room and use the CINEMA mode for all movie/night viewing. I hardly ever use CUSTOM mode though.

PFC5, I used the AVIA II disk without the filter tints. Did you have to adjust the tints from the factory settings (I have a 50PX80U)???

PFC5
02-26-2009, 04:40 PM
Yes I did adjust the tint based on the 3 color filters/gels using DVE. I went with TINT: +5 based on that.

You can click on my "Settings" link in my signature to see my settings and some other links of how I arrived at them.

Hope this helps!