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Samsung LE40A656 Settings

by Vincent Teoh
5 June 2008

Here are the user menu settings we obtained after calibrating our Samsung LE40A656 review sample for critical viewing in a dimly lit environment for high definition and standard-def sources respectively. While these settings yielded images closest to D65 and Rec.709 or PAL standards for our set, they might not do so for yours due to differences in ambient lighting, video source, firmware version, and service menu baseline settings.

Nevertheless they should provide a good starting point for achieving picture quality that comes close to the standard used in film studios. That said, we highly recommend using a basic calibration disc like the Digital Video Essentials Blu-Ray to at least set the black level [Brightness] correctly on your Samsung LE40A656 LCD TV.

* [Backlight] should be increased (up to 7) in a brighter viewing environment to preserve shadow detail and perceived top-end luminance in the face of stronger ambient light.

** [100Hz Motion Plus] should be disabled for film-based material (e.g. movies, American dramas like CSI) to avoid the "video" effect. For video-based content (e.g. sports), set [100Hz Motion Plus] to "Low" to boost motion resolution as long as you're not bothered by the few interpolation artefacts.

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