Thanks for purchasing a Samsung unit!
You are correct that often times, people want to configure the settings for the particular room. Your post reflects the very purpose of calibrations, in that every person?s eyes see the same picture differently. However, there are some calibrations that tune colors to their ?most true?, where the grass isn?t as green, the sky isn?t as blue, etc. And while that picture may be mathematically close to reality and accurate in color spectrum, it doesn?t always suit the taste of the viewer. Such is the case of Movie Mode.
That particular article may have been tuned to a theatre room, where there is little to no ambient light in the room ? the very purpose of movie mode. In a brighter room, it may not look as desirable.
The settings out of the box will usually default to Dynamic. You can reset your settings if you?d like. The instructions are on page 24 of your owner?s manual, or you can get there through the menu:
Picture Mode > Picture Reset > OK
You can always look around the internet and see what other people recommend and try their settings. However, if someone suggests that you to go into the ?Service Menu?, don?t. I would highly recommend that you NEVER go into the Service Menu. You could damage your television.
We added the ?Detailed Settings? in the menu to do pretty much everything you?d want to do to tweak your television. And if you run into trouble, you can always reset your television like noted above.
I have read the CNET article on the Samsung LN46A550....Which I own. Most articles you read about LCD TV's always seem to get around to read that Manufacturers Settings need tweaking for your Room. The 550 has Dynamic, Standard and Movie settings. I noted CNET's Calibration for the 550 is set using the Movie Mode which is the Mode I dislike the most, its much too muted for my taste. I was hoping to fine Calibration setting Tweaking them using the STANDARD Mode. It might be my imagination, my TV is 2 months old, but I was really pleased with the Picture Quality for the 1st couple of weeks of ownership more so than now. There are times when I see a "white Cast" in areas of the picture which reduces the Vividiness I has seen. Maybe its just now that I see such a sharp picture my standards are set too high, that is, I notice things that in the past were acceptable.
Doesn't anyone know what the settings are when the 550 is turned on the 1st time out of the Box?
Does anyone know if CNET or some other site has published Calibration settings for the 550 using the STANDARD MODE?
Has anyone Noticed the White Cast in some areas of the Picture as I have? Some commercials really come off very "Light", but I do disregard the quality of Commercials.