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Old 05-15-2008   #7
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Hi TheMoose,

So you haven't said what you think of our settings at www.tweaktv.com for your set.
I put the settings in that were suggested for my TV, a Sony KDS-R70XBR2, (mis identified in the listings as a Sony KDS 70XBR2) but there were some problems (In bold next to the settings).


* Picture Modes
o Picture Mode : Standard
o Color Temperature : Warm 2 (Not available in standard mode)
o Aspect Ratio : Full
o Advanced Iris : Medium
* Picture Settings
o Contrast (Picture) : 90
o Brightness : 50
o Color : 55
o Hue : R2
o Sharpness : 30
o Noise Reduction : Mid (typo? I think it should say Medium)

Now here's the big problem, these settings are only available in Custom mode but the suggested mode is standard
* Advanced Settings
o Black Corrector : Off
o Gamma : Off
o Clear White : Off
o Color Space : Standard (no such item in menu)
o Live Color : Off
o White Balance : Factory Default
* Video Options
o Cinemotion : Auto (Menu item grayed out, not available)

The following menu items are not mentioned in the settings,
Edge enhancer-set to off
Detail enhancer- set to off
Noise reduction- set to off
DRC Mode- set to 1
DRC Pallet set to Reality 1, Clarity 60

I changed the picture mode to custom & put in the suggested settings.
Now the suggested settings were not far from my own settings & it does look good in a dark room.
I have almost 6000 hours on my bulb so I'm sure I'll see a difference when it's time for a new bulb.
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Hi Mouse,

Thank you very much for the feedback. I am not sure what happened there, but I edited our profile based on your input. One very important thing though the DRC Mode destroys resolution on all the Sony SXRD sets and should be set to off. Take yours off! Thanks again!
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Hi Mouse,

Thank you very much for the feedback. I am not sure what happened there, but I edited our profile based on your input. One very important thing though the DRC Mode destroys resolution on all the Sony SXRD sets and should be set to off. Take yours off! Thanks again!
Thanks, I'll make sure DRC is turned off!

After living with these settings a few days & switching back & forth to my DirecTV input on the local channels I think the Tweak TV settings are a bit dark especially in the day time but then again I do have almost 6000 hours on my bulb & that could be causing the dimmer picture.

I'll try the settings on the Sharp LCD in my bedroom next.
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Hi Moose,

We don;t claim perfection with our recommendations as everyone's system is different and those variables absolutely make a difference. That is the real reason for in home professional calibration. I think you are right about your lamp though. Frankly, I think it is amazing it still alive after 6000 hours. Why have you waited so long to change it?
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Hi Moose,

We don;t claim perfection with our recommendations as everyone's system is different and those variables absolutely make a difference. That is the real reason for in home professional calibration. I think you are right about your lamp though. Frankly, I think it is amazing it still alive after 6000 hours. Why have you waited so long to change it?
The actual time on the bulb is 5789 hours as of last weekend, I finally got brave enough to go into the service menu to check the hours.
I have an extended warranty that covers the bulbs but I doubt they will replace it while it still works though.
I do have the spare bulb that came with the set but at $300 a pop I'm making the warranty replace them before I use my bulb!!
I don't know how many hours most are getting on their bulbs but I should be getting a warning soon to replace the bulb.

I have the Blu-Ray versions of DVE & HQV as well as the THX glasses & Blu-Ray calibration program on Terminator 2 & I'll play with them now & again after a bulb change.
After the bulb change I'll probably go ahead & get an ISF calibration since I know the life span of the bulb looks good.
If my dealer hasn't gotten the correct equipment yet I'll ask him to recommend a calibrator.


A quick question to you Kevin,
I know each input should be calibrated but since I run everything through my 3808ci & only have 1 HDMI going from the receiver to the set itself how will that effect my calibration?
Should I have it calibrated using the DirecTV box (720p & 1080i) or use the Blu-Ray player (1080p) to get the best results from all my inputs?
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CNet has a similar database of settings: http://help.cnet.com/hdtv/9606-12576_39-0.html
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