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Samsung LN40D550 picture settings

by katzmaier CNET staff/forum admin / November 16, 2011 4:56 AM PST

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Related products:
Samsung LN32D550
Samsung LN37D550
Samsung LN46D550

Calibration report using these settings:

Below you'll find the settings we found best for viewing the 40-inch LN40D550 in a dim room via the HDMI input at 1080p/24 resolution. Your settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.

--Picture menu
Mode: Movie
Backlight: 7
Contrast: 95
Brightness: 44
Sharpness: 0
Color: 54
Tint: G50/R50

Screen Adjustment submenu
Picture Size: Screen fit
Position: [no change]
PC Screen Adjustment: [grayed out]

Auto Adjustment submenu: [Grayed out]

Advanced settings submenu
Black tone: Off
Dynamic contrast: Off
Shadow Detail: +1
Gamma: +3
Expert Pattern: Off
RGB Only Mode: Off
Color space: Native
White Balance [see below]
Flesh tone: 0
Edge enhancement: Off
Motion Lighting: Off

White Balance submenu
R-Offset: 25
G-Offset: 25
B-Offset: 26
R-Gain: 33
G-Gain: 32
B-Gain: 25

Picture options submenu
Color tone: Warm2
Digital Noise Filter: Off
MPEG Noise Filter: Off
HDMI black level: Normal [grayed out]
Film mode: Off [grayed out]

Note: This post was edited by its original author added link to calibration report on 11/16/2011 at 1:01 PM PT

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Color Space
by plasmapz80u / November 17, 2011 11:50 PM PST

Why was the native color space used instead of the auto color space? Also, why was shadow detail left at +1 when +2 is better (minimizes auto-dimming backlight)?

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by katzmaier CNET staff/forum admin / November 18, 2011 1:48 AM PST
In reply to: Color Space

I measured better color points/saturation/balance using Native and better (more linear) Gamma using Shadow detail +1. I didn't notice any overt auto-dimming during program material at that settins so I didn't consider that an issue.

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Shadow Detail
by plasmapz80u / November 18, 2011 2:00 AM PST
In reply to: Measurements

On my LN32D550, shadow detail only affects auto-dimming in low APL scenes. Setting it to max (+2) minimizes this behavior while setting it to min (-2) results in the most aggressive dimming with low APL scenes. Regardless of where it is set, however, on a completely black or blank screen the backlight dims greatly after a few seconds. It dims so much, in this case, that the TV appears to be off when ambient light is present in the room (equivalent of a backlight setting of zero or so).
Are you stating that on the LN40D550 you tested, the shadow detail setting actually alters low end gamma directly and is not an intensity control for the auto-dimming backlight I described on my LN32D550? If so, up to what level of % stimulus does it affect in the grayscale?

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My measurements for gamma
by katzmaier CNET staff/forum admin / November 18, 2011 5:00 AM PST
In reply to: Shadow Detail

On the set I tested, the shadow detail setting had a great effect on overall gamma (not just on the low end). It may also control the intensity of the auto-dimming backlight, but again I didn't see evidence of such.

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My Calibration Results
by plasmapz80u / November 18, 2011 2:09 AM PST
In reply to: Measurements
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similar model
by DrNecessitor / May 8, 2012 5:52 AM PDT

Do you think these settings would work well with a Samsung LN40E55? I can't find setting recommendations for that model anywhere (Maybe the model number is a Best Buy exclusive). I just bought one and after days of fiddling with the settings it still looks a bit...off.

I can calibrate for Blu-ray fairly well with a calibration disc I have, but I'm trying to calibrate it for my Dish receiver.

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I was wondering the same thing
by boswd / May 30, 2012 4:57 AM PDT
In reply to: similar model

I too just bought this tv from best buy and it has been a "female dog" to hone in. I might give this settings a whirl but man Warm II on the on the E550 really heavy on the warm side, especially noticable when watching night time Baseball.

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No these do not work for the E550
by boswd / May 30, 2012 12:05 PM PDT

just ran them through their paces and oh man it does not work for the e550 way too washed out. Must be a different panal altogether.

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