I believe that setting your input to 1080i was a good choice, especially for your HD Channels. Your friend was probably suggesting the higher resolution because there is more information sent over a 1080i signal that can be used, rather than counting on your television to upgrade a 720p signal to add detail.
As far as settings, it really has to do with the room the television sits in. I don?t have any pre-programmed suggestions for how to do this in your particular setting. Every pair of eyes sees the picture and color differently, so there is no general ?one size fits all? settings. CNET might be able to give you a starting point but it's fun to experiment with settings on your own until you find something you like.
The other option is to get the television professionally calibrated, but most people can find settings they like by just adjusting the settings themselves.
Hope that helps!
Please advise on best picture settings from CNET for my model. Too..what would you advise for incoming/displayed resolution? My HiDef cable box settings can be set in either 480i/p(these I do know NOT to set)..720p or..1080i. I purchased this model in August/07 and had cable installer set resolution to 720p as I was informed from store owner where purchased, that would be best for this model. In late April of this year, I had corresponded with another member from CNET whom offered his expertise(a 'mechanical engineer who studied video processing for robotics applications')and advised me to set my cable box to 1080i or risk losing detail?
I run cable box and a Panasonic DMR-EZ47V, DVD Recorder/VHS VCR capable of High Resolution, 1080p Up-Conversion, to a Onkyo TX-SR705 AV Reciever(pass-through), via HDMI 1.3 cables. The dvd recorder/vcr is set at 480p and 'seems' to work/display rather nicely.
I decided earlier this month to set cable box to 1080i to see if I may have been misinformed about 720p setting, though I viewed a marvelous picture at that setting. Don't know if it was my eyes but..at 1080i..it seems I view a "few artifacts/annoyances" presently. Even my 10 and 8 year old daughters say same. I/we regularily watch mostly fast moving sports and action movies..in HiDef. I also don't know what my friend meant when he said, "..or risk losing detail.."??
I wish to use ALL best settings/resolutions to gain maximum use from my investment/Samsung model. Your/Samsung/CNET advice would surely be helpful and appreciated!
Thank You, In Advance.