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Samsung LE40B650 Settings

by Vincent Teoh
14 March 2009

Here are the user menu settings we obtained after calibrating our Samsung LE40B650 review unit for critical viewing in a dimly lit environment for high definition source over HDMI. Although these calibrated settings yielded images closest to D65 and Rec.709 for our review sample, they might not do so for yours due to inevitable differences in ambient lighting, video source, firmware version, and service menu baseline settings.

Nonetheless, 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 LE40B650 LCD HDTV.

A word of warning: if you are not accustomed to D65 images, you may find them too yellow/ dark initially. Most computer monitors (and a lot of uncalibrated televisions) are tuned to a colour temp in excess of 9300k, which brainwashes us into falsely thinking that the whites generated by these displays are the "real whites". Broadcast and film studios on the other hand adopts the D65 standard, which is what we are striving to achieve through calibration so that we can appreciate movies in the way that the directors wanted. What we suggest is to stick with the following settings for 3 days to 1 week to get used to D65 images, and then go back to the out-of-the-box values, at which point hopefully you will realise how unnatural the colours were prior to calibration.

* Backlight and gamma should be increased as required in a brighter viewing environment (for example during daytime) to boost shadow detail and peak brightness.

** [Film Mode] was greyed out for our HDMI source sending a 1080p/24 video signal. For standard definition viewing, [Film Mode] should be set to "Auto 2".

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