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Picture settings for Samsung Samsung PN50A530 50" plasma

by Dare978devil / July 30, 2009 2:11 PM PDT


I realize this may be a stupid question given that there are no universally correct settings. Research has shown it is based on room light, size of room, personal preferences, content source, etc. etc. However, I find myself constantly adjusting them and was wondering if there were recognized "standards" which are most pleasing.

All of my watching is with DVDs, I don't have any real 1080p sources, and I don't even have cable. I upconvert DVDs with a Samsung DVD 1080P8 hooked up via HDMI and am very happy with the picture quality. I have found recently that some movies (such as Resident Evil) which is a particularly dark movie, some of the actors look like they were wearing dayglo lipstick in the darker scenes. In other scenes, actors cheeks sometimes have odd hues, again particularly in dark scenes. If I finally get a single DVD looking great, then the next one is once again a bit off. Again, I realize the source is not consistent and some movies have much better transfers than others, but would like best possible universal settings.

As a starting point, I generally watch movies in the WARM2 setting, as I have been told this is the closest to reference material filmed.

Movie mode - WARM2
Sharpness - 0 (I have been told this does nothing anyway)
Contrast 80
Colour 52
Brightness 54
Tint 51G/49R
Cell 10

Any comments appreciated.


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: Picture settings for Samsung Samsung PN50A530 50" plasma
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / July 31, 2009 9:11 AM PDT


You might have this discussion in the HDTV Picture Settings forum. I'm not sure how to explain the differences beyond what you have - transfer and theatrical differences, and dark movies are the hardest to tune to.

Sharpness processes analog signals, but since you're using digital, it's best to keep it at 0. The TV does some processing as well, but there's really no sense in adding that additional processing.

The only think I can think of is going into your Detailed Settings menu and adjusting the gamma and working some of the other options around that. You may just find the sweet spot that represents your collection better that way. Just a thought.

I'm not trying to push you off, but I just don't have any answer beyond that. I hope that sentiment is taken with the intended respect.


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by CHUCKMALLEY / August 1, 2009 5:40 AM PDT

With my older plasma, I also keep the contrast down. Plasma has deeper blacks to start with than lcd ,so you're ahead of the game there. IMO 50-60 contrast level is plenty. Find a scene with someone wearing a shirt with stripes or patterns, if they are fuzzy looking or overpowering, your contrast is too high. If you have a dvd that is THX, they also have a menu function that shows you how to set contrast.Good luck.

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by Dare978devil / August 2, 2009 8:48 AM PDT
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Good one, I never realized that menu function would also do video, thought it was audio only! OK, I'll give that a try.


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