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Old 12-23-02, 09:50 AM
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New Widescreen TV Owner - any tips/suggestions welcome.

Well, I've finally gone and done it - I bought a widescreen tv (SONY KP-65WS500) yesterday to be delivered the last day of the year. Any suggestions/tips as to its settings, care and/or maintenance would be most welcome.
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Turn the contrast WAY down.
Be sure to set your DVD player to 16:9 mode, or everything will look funny.
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Old 12-23-02, 10:03 AM
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Get Avia or Video Essentials to help with the adjustments
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Old 12-23-02, 10:11 AM
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Agree with the above...

1) Kill the contrast

2) Buy Avia

3) Make sure your player is set correctly via component inputs

4) You will need a progressive scan DVD player. If you don't have one, go get one ASAP

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Old 12-23-02, 10:47 AM
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I have the Malata N996 which I believe has progressive scan outputs, but can double check that. Anyone with experience with this tv/dvd player combo separately or together would be good to hear from you. Thanks all for the helpful suggestions/tips - keep 'em coming.
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Old 12-23-02, 03:50 PM
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What do you guys mean by "Kill the Contrast"? My contrast, after VE, was set to a reasonable 40-50% on my Hitachi. If you have to "kill" anything I would say sharpness, which I do on every TV I see regardless of whether it's mine or not.
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Old 12-23-02, 03:57 PM
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Lower Contrast, lower brightness, shut off SVM. Check out
www.hometheaterspot.com

They have a section just for Sony sets and all tyhe tricks and codes for tuning. Break it in for many hours 200+ and hire a local ISF tech. He will work wonders, but will cost you 400-600 for a day of service. He also gives you a sheet with all settings. Enjoy!!!
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Old 12-23-02, 09:30 PM
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Originally posted by The Bus
What do you guys mean by "Kill the Contrast"? My contrast, after VE, was set to a reasonable 40-50% on my Hitachi. If you have to "kill" anything I would say sharpness, which I do on every TV I see regardless of whether it's mine or not.
Most sets come from the factory in "torch" mode... That is, the contrast is generally maxed out or close to... So, one must "kill" it < knock it down. 40-50% sounds just a touch high to me but if you're using VE and that's where it should be then so be it. All sets differ slightly by brand and model. The important thing is to knock that damn_contrast down from the factory settings.

Generally agree on sharpness, I've killed mine as well, but the sharpness isn't the #1 concern here in the grand scheme of set care... Contrast will burn your set up, sharpness is pretty much harmless.
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Old 12-23-02, 10:59 PM
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I'll turn down the contrast but VE said it was fine... I'll lower it more though.



ISF is out of the question, budget wise. I'd rather know how to get into the service menu of my Hitachi and do convergence myself.
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Old 12-24-02, 03:52 PM
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Originally posted by Berkowitz
but will cost you 400-600 for a day of service.
That's a joke right? If someone is coming to my house for a day of service at $600 it won't be to work on my "TV."
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