There is a HDTV Picture Settings forum on C|Net here:
I didn't see your model listed, but you can open up a new one for your television. If you track the threads by clicking the track thread box, you'll be notified when new responses come in.
The Detailed Settings menu allows you to adjust most of the picture settings to some very very specific settings. This is so you can tune your television without having to go into the service menu. I never recommend going into the service menu unless you're an authorized technician or calibration expert.
As far as professional calibrations go, they can be great. They will adjust the panel to the size and amount of brightness in your room - in many cases, however, you can get a great picture without having to do a calibration.
One note that I would like to point out is that <u>if you update your firmware, a professional calibration goes away</u>, as the defaults are completely reset. Now you might write down your picture and Detailed Settings values, but if a professional calibration tech goes into the service menu and adjusts things there, that will affect the values in your Picture and Detail Settings menus.
Most people can get "close enough" and a fantastic picture without having to pay for it, and still get every bit of enjoyment out of their television sets.
Hope that helps.
Does anyone have any thoughts on calibration for a UN55B8000. I just got mine setup and love it. However I want to make sure I'm getting the best possible picture.
Do LCD Tv's need calibration like Plasma Tv's?
Can it be calibrated through service menu or just are just the regular picture settings menu just the same? If I should do it through the regular settings menu, does anyone have suggestions or settings they have setup they can share?
Last, if its a difficult process to do should I have it professionally calibrated? Is it worth it? I'm tech savvy but don't want to damage anything since I'm a newbie at HDTV calibration.