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Samsung PN51E550 picture settings

by katzmaier CNET staff/forum admin / August 29, 2012 4:55 AM PDT

Review:
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/samsung-pn51e550/4505-6482_7-35169620.html

Related products:
Samsung PN60E550
Samsung PN64E550

Calibration report using these settings:
http://scr.bi/OrCRA7

TV software/firmware version tested: 001017

Below you'll find the settings I found best for viewing the Samsung PN51E550 in a dim room via the HDMI input. Your settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9996461-1.html

Calibration notes: Movie mode came closest to our ideal picture without any tweaking, and it was very good overall, with excellent gamma and color, albeit a bit dim. For calibration I maxed out the light output (controlled by Cell Light and Contrast) and while the TV wasn't quite able to achieve the target of 40 fL, it came close at 36. Other tweaks included dialing back the color a smidge--I would have loved to have Samsung's excellent CMS to help negate the slight red push--and using the 2-point grayscale.

Unfortunately the charts were a bit spoiled by the fact that the 40 and 50 IRE light levels varied by as much as 500K, and happened to show minus-blue on the run I used for post-calibration. That brought the overall numbers into "average" territory, but isn't really a visible issue.

--Picture menu
Mode: Movie
Backlight: 20
Contrast: 100
Brightness: 45
Sharpness: 0
Color: 48
Tint: G50/R50

Screen adjustment submenu:
Picture Size: Screen Fit
Position: [no change]

Auto Adjustment submenu: [Grayed out]

3D submenu: N/A

Advanced settings submenu:
Dynamic contrast: Off
Black tone: Off
Flesh tone: 0
RGB Only Mode: Off
Color space: Auto
White Balance: [see below]
10p White Balance: On
Gamma: 0
Motion Lighting: Off [grayed out]

White balance submenu:
R-Offset: 28
G-Offset: 26
B-Offset: 25
R-Gain: 25
G-Gain: 26
B-Gain: 26

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

Note: This post was edited by its original author added link to calibration results on 08/29/2012 at 12:12 PM PT

Note: This post was edited by its original author updated "Film mode" to reflect the correction in the review; the TV can successfully pas 1080p/24 when CinemaSmooth is engaged. on 09/05/2012 at 12:26 PM PT

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Band new 60e550
by Fl4v10 / October 8, 2012 5:32 PM PDT

Hi katzmaier.

I Just bougth a 60e550 and i would like to try this settings. Do you recommend do break in the tv first?

Thanks

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Couple Questions
by Kingleprechaun / October 23, 2012 12:56 AM PDT

I can't seem to change the Film mode to Cinema Smooth, only options I'm given are-off, auto1 or auto2. I have the pn51e550 am I doing something wrong ? I followed your calibration steps. I'm also noticing lines on either side of my screen running vertically where the standard picture would end when watching any HD programs, is something defective with my set ?

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Same Issue
by Chiefms1 / December 11, 2012 11:20 AM PST
In reply to: Couple Questions

I cannot access Cinema Smooth either. It is greyed out. I just purchased the PN60E550 and downloaded a software update as soon as I plugged it in.

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Cinema Smooth
by katzmaier CNET staff/forum admin / December 11, 2012 8:59 PM PST
In reply to: Couple Questions

To get the option to show up, you have to send the TV a 1080p/24 source, typically from a Blu-ray player. With standard (60Hz) sources, like HD cable or satellite, it's grayed-out.

Hope this helps.

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