Many thanks to every one who contributed to our PS3 fundraising… noticed that Mr J King topped off his £15 donation with a further pound to complete the £400 required. :) It’s a shame Paypal took its cut, so in reality we’re left with about £370… ah well, time to have a look on eBay.
As a token of appreciation, here are our post-calibration settings for the Sony KDL32D3000 (primarily for HD but should also be applicable to SD with minor tweaks) over HDMI input in a dimly lit environment. During daytime or in a brighter environment, you should increase the backlight and/or gamma to a level where shadow detail and peak brightness are not overpowered by surrounding ambient light.
I have included the service menu settings this time, which was necessary to achieve D65 greyscale. Please make sure you know what you’re doing; write down all your original settings before you start messing about; and think twice before pressing any button on the remote control – you may unknowingly make some irreversible changes and permanently damage your TV. Treat this as a disclaimer: you assume total risk and responsibility for accessing and adjusting your service menu, and in no event shall www.hdtvtest.co.uk and its owners be liable for any incidental, consequential or indirect damages arising out of the use of information contained within this article.
Bear in mind that even if you applied our settings exactly, the final picture may not be accurate due to different ambient lighting, input source and intra-model variation, or you simply prefer non-D65 (bluer) images. The best way is to use our settings as a baseline and then further finetune the black level (brightness), white level (contrast) and colour with your own calibration DVD like DVE.
Enough talk, let’s see some numbers:
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