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5.0 out of 5 stars Tweek this masterpiece to perfection., 29 Jun 2013
This review is from: Panasonic TX-L39E6B 39-inch Full HD 1080p Smart LED TV with Built in Wi-Fi and Freeview HD (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
Most of us will have never used a TV which has so many parameters of adjustability, so before they drive you all insane in search of picture perfection, here are the perfect picture settings i have come across to make this masterpiece really sing!

The below settings should cater for ALL screen sizes in the Panasonic E6B range.

FIRSTLY, HIT THE MENU BUTTON AND SELECT PICTURE SETTINGS, NOW GO IN TO VIEWING MODE:

Select True Cinema.
Backlight: 76
Contrast: 80
Brightness: -2
Colour: 50
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 0
Colour Temperature: Warm 2
Vivid Colour: Off
Adaptive Backlight Control: Off
Ambient Sensor: Off
Noise REduction: Off
MPEG Noise Reduction: Off

Now GO TO ADVANCE SETTINGS:

Adaptive Gamma Control: Off
Black Expander: Off
Clear White Effect: Off

White Balance: R Gain 4, Green Gain 0, Blue Gain 3, Red Cutoff 0, Green Cutoff 0, Blue Cutoff 0

IN COLOUR MANAGEMENT: R Hue 0, R Saturation 0, R Luminance -3, G Hue -14, G Saturation 0, G Luminance -5, B Hue -14, B Saturation 0, B Luminance -1

Gamma: 2.2

NOW GO TO OPTION SETTINGS.

Film Cadence Mode: On
1080p Pixel Direct: On

NOW FINALLY, GO TO SCREEN SETTINGS:

16/9 Overscan: Off

And thats it, Now Enjoy!
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2013 13:30:51 BDT
Robert says:
Hi Alvin

I maybe in the minority, but one of the main reasons I chose the E6 was because it had many picture set-up options.

IMO, much better than too few and if you don't want to use them just choose one of the Standard pre-sets.

Again, I maybe in the minority, but I did appreciate you providing details of your settings which I found most helpful.

The only personal changes I have made are:-

Backlight from 76 to 40
Colour from 50 to 40
Colour Temp from Warm 2 to Normal

That to my eyes, in my room, gives me a great picture and has been 'tested' using the BBC test card (girl and clown).

Although I have left Gamma at 2.2, can you please advise why you chose this over the, I believe, 'correct' standard of 2.4?

Many thanks for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2013 13:59:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Oct 2013 09:19:12 GMT
Rolo says:
Well, there are two approaches to setting up a TV. The first is what you might call the professional approach which is to set the TV up as neutrally as possible to accurately reproduce the colours transmitted. This is not a fixed setting because it does depend on the viewing conditions (a set that looks accurate in a brightly lit room will no look correct in a dark room), but it is something that, if you have the right equipment, can be measured objectively.

The second approach is to set up the TV so it pleases you. It is your set, and you can obviously do what you like with it (even though it might annoy the hell out of the people who made the programmes if they saw it). I know some people who turn the colour up to maximum, others who turn the contrast right down. I can't watch these pictures, but who am I to tell people what they want to do.

So I think there is basic advice you can give to make the picture as neutral and accurate as possible (which often means turning off settings that 'enhance' or 'sharpen' the picture or, as you say 'reduce noise'). When it comes to fiddling with the more arcane settings hidden within a TV such as this, my advice is to leave them alone unless you have access to very sophisticated test equipment.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2013 19:40:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Oct 2013 19:50:06 BDT
Hi Robert.

A gamma setting of 2.2 is usually considered the ideal setting, personally i found 2.4 made the overall picture just a tad too artificially dark, but as Rolo has already correctly stated, personal preference rules king at the end of the day.

I have provided a link all about HD T.V Gamma which you may find useful, this also confirms the 2.2 Gamma setting is the correct setting. http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/what-is-gamma-20080511108.htm

Best Regards.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2013 08:41:29 GMT
Robert says:
Hi Alvin

I agree about 2.4 giving an unnaturally dark picture and preferred 2.2.

Thank you for the link. I'll have a read later.

IMO, using your recommend settings, then fine tuning Backlight, Colour and Colour Temp settings, to allow for room lighting, personal tastes etc. is highly recommended.

Pleasure talking to you.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2013 09:15:29 GMT
Robert says:
Hi again Alvin.

FYI, from your link, I read the review of the TX-L42E6B (I had read it before)

Under Calibration/Gamma is says `Pre-calibration gamma tracked closer to 2.2 than our 2.4 target which has been stipulated by the ITU as the EOTF (electro-optical transfer function) reference for flat-screen HDTVs used in dark-room studio mastering. Since 10-point [Gamma] controls are available on the TX-L42E6, we wasted no time in getting gamma to track as flat as possible to 2.4.'

As I'm not viewing in a dark-room studio, I'll stay with 2.2.

Regards

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2013 15:26:12 GMT
Hi Robert.

Yes, it is important to consider that if any TV is tested in absolute studio conditions IE in complete isolation in sound proof / darkened rooms, it will certainly preform in a different manner to everyday reality in the domestic home environment.

For serious viewing, i never watch TV in complete darkness, for night time viewing i always prefer to have a side light / standard lamp on, but never the main room light.

Sunlight can also be a problem for daytime viewing too, as in my case we have two large windows in our living room, one facing East and the other, (you guessed it) facing West, thats why i fitted venetian blinds to address the problem of direct sunlight hitting the screen, plus the fact if i draw the main curtains completely closed that frequently, the neighbours could be half forgiven for wondering what was going on! Lol.

Im very happy with my T.V settings and have now left everything alone, the Panasonic EB6 range of Smart TV's are great sets to bestow for sure.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2013 07:15:56 GMT
Nem. says:
Dear Sir, thank you for your thoughtful efforts .. having read all comments, I appreciate the time you have taken and the effort involved. A yardstick to measure by is always useful weather cream is taken or not. God bless you for your genuine help with this confusing matter,
regards,
Vaughan Pettit

Posted on 2 Nov 2013 08:17:10 GMT
Rolo says:
Having lived with this TV for for months now, I can really say it does not disappoint. Pictures from a very wide range of programmes are outstanding.

In relation to our ongoing discussion, it does strike me it's unfortunate that TV manufacturers don't have a 'hi-fi' setting where everything is set to be as neutral as possible. Upmarket hi-fi amplifiers do not have tone controls, just a volume control, as their aim is to be a faithful as possible to the original signal. TV manufacturers, however, seem to think consumers want to be able to make their pictures unnaturally bright, sharp and colourful. Which is their choice, as I've said already, but a default 'hi-fi' setting (covering all possible picture controls) which just leaves one brightness control to adjust for different viewing conditions would be great.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2013 13:25:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Nov 2013 13:33:38 GMT
Robert says:
Hi Rolo

Couldn't disagree more.

Just because you don't like/want a wide range of options/settings, that doesn't mean other people want the same as you.

IMO, the more options/settings on offer the better.

If you don't understand them, or want to bother using them fine, just use one of the main picture options.

Whatever you decide to do, it is easy to return to the default settings, if needed.

Another way of looking at HIFi Amps without tone controls is that the manufacturer may be incapable of designing these to a sufficiently high enough quality and doesn't want to be 'found out'.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2013 13:46:53 GMT
Rolo says:
I wasn't suggesting removing settings, just having one option which is a factory-set, neutral setting which is as accurate as possible and would have the minimum of picture 'enhancement' (just as some hi-fi amps have a switch that by-passes the tone controls), the purpose being to reproduce the picture as the programme makers intended. There isn't really a 'default setting' on consumer TVs - there are many default settings!

I have no desire to stop doing whatever they like to their televisions, but some sort of neutral reference point would be very useful. If you had spent many hours in broadcast grading and telecine suites, as I have, trying to get pictures to look just right, you might agree.