Greetings all. First time user here. Just installed a new KD-27FS170 yesterday. It replaced my 11 year old 27" Sony Tinitron. So obvously, I got used to a less then bright picture. Also, the old set had only composite input.
So, I expected a noticably brighter and sharper image--which is what I have. All my components are S-Video plus the component connection of my DVD player.
Overall, I am very pleased with what I see. The one excpetion is the rich blacks along with (seemingly) lack of shadow detail (clipping?). This occurs only where and when signifgant image areas are very dark--channel to channel, scene to scene. Many times things are satifactory and highlights do not seem to clip and contrast levels are good--I rather not change them.
Where I do see a difference is between S-Video and component inputs from my DVD player. I seem to regain a noticible amount of shadow detail when using component over S-Video.
Unfortunately, my Motorola cable box only has S-Video (and composite) outputs, so I can't test the difference with cable TV.
I hope I made some sense. Thank you in advance for the replies.
Joined: Mar 09, 2004
From: Schaumburg, IL
Posted: 2006-07-22 11:20
Most TV's, out-of-the-box, are set up with highly contrasty pictures. You can try using modes such as Pro or Movie, which are usually a bit better.
You can try increasing brightness, which adjusts black level. You may also want to turn down contrast, which adjusts white level (it can be harder to see loss of near-white than it is to see loss of dark gray.)
If you don't have one, get a reference DVD like Avia or Digital Video Essentials (DVE). They have instructions and patterns to help you set proper levels.
----------------- Sony KDL-46EX700, Onkyo TX-NR609, Sony BDP-S370, WDTV Live Streaming, Motorola DCT-6412, RCA RCRP05B.
Thank you. I like the idea of a reference DVD--I'll get one.
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