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Pioneer 506XDE Settings

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Bumtious, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. Bumtious

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    Just set up my 506 & its breathtaking.

    The settings out of the box as with all domestic tvs are p..s poor, most posts are suggesting basic adjustments of colour contrast ect, but it is worth going a little further.
    Try the following:

    Set AV selection to manual
    Contrast 36 (during run in suggest 20)
    Brightness 0
    Colour - 10
    Tint 0
    Sharpness +2
    Then go to pro Adjust
    Turn Pro Cinema off
    Go to Colour detail select colour temp & change to manual then hold enter button for 3 seconds
    Adjust red high to +2
    Green high to +1
    Blue high 0
    Red low +2
    Green low +1
    Blue low 0
    Next go CTI & turn on
    DNR & MPEG NR set to low
    Set DRE to mid
    Turn black level on
    Turn ACL on
    Goto the options settings in the main menu & select drive mode. Set to 100hz

    The most important settings are the colour temp. Changing them give a better grey scale and gives the picture a 3d look. Used these settings on 4 shop demo sets & seems pretty consistent.

    Finally any one choosing between the Pany or Pio all I can say is this.
    They both have plus & minus points.
    My choice was based on the following:

    I found more control and adjustment with the Pio to get the picture I wanted. I did not like the jagged edges the Pany gives round images, the Pany also seems to have green banding to the right of lines & blue to the left. I found that after adjusting both sets in the shop that the final picture of the Pio was far more engaging and detailed with a sublime colour palate. The one thing that I preferred on the Pany was the lack of picture noise, however this is only noticeable when less than a couple of feet from the panel.

    My advice YOU are the one who is going to be looking at it for the next few years, they are both good YOU DECIDE but play with the remotes first.
    P.S still gonna have my 506 calibrated
     
  2. Blade10

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    mmm...I think your settings will produce to contrasty a picture. DRE= mid, ACL= on, Contrast= 35? Auch...
    How did u calibrate your color temp? It's pretty difficult to adjust the rgb settings from the eye point of view.
    I find the color to be pretty acurate and natural. If you want to get more real colors, you shouldn't stop at - 10 in color setting. -12 or -13 is more natural i think.
    My settings are=
    Contrast= 28
    Brightness= -1
    Color= -12
    Sharpness= -2
    Tint= 0
    Pro cinema= ADV (Works only on NTSC)
    CTI= ON
    Color temp= mid
    DNR= OFF
    MPG NR= OFF
    DRE= OFF
    Black level= ON
    ACL= OFF
    Gamma= 3
    Screen= 100 hz

    Try these settings.

    Piers from www.homecinemaengineering.com told me yesterday that "Blade,

    You are on the right lines with your current settings!"

    Nice to know :)

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2070641#post2070641
     
  3. Zop

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    Thanks guys for posting your settings, great for comparison.

    Keep em comming.

    Bumptious - you were brave lurking in the RGB zone.

    Can't wait to order my 506. None in the country yet, expected November, (I have recently moved from the UK)

    Cheers Zop
     
  4. rtoonen

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    What do you mean with the first line? How do you set AV selection to manual?

    I never touched the colour detail screen, but I understand the 506 has an automatic colour temp change? Is this the reason I sometimes notice I change in colour temp (or contrast) when watching certain scene's on DVD? I will try the manual setting because the colour/contrast changes are getting on my nerves. :rolleyes:

    thanx, for posting your settings. My 506 will be calibrated on Nov 8.

    Rob
     
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    Sorry, but sharpness +2 on a 506??

    If you haven't got access to a calibration disc, try the THX optimiser on most THX certified software. It suggests around -11 for a good source with EVERYTHING switched off - DNR, DME etc.
     
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    - 11 in sharpness????
     
  7. Blue Triangles

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    I have my sharpness at +3. Is that a problem?
     
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    I would say that it is difficult to determine the difference at levels around "0", but I find text ect. to be a bit more relaxed at around -2. But I think -11 is way off.....
     
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    If you turn the sharpness down below -5 the images becomes very blurred and soft. I find '0' is about right, even with the DVE disc test pattern.
     
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    Hi Blade 10

    I used DVE disk to calibrate, the reason for the drive changes are I feel the screen is calibrated from the factory to give a heavy slant on blue, this gives a bit of an orange look to skin tones. In changing to these rgb settings the colour is more rounded so does not need to go down below -10, however you are right about contrast. I failed to say that this is a daytime setting, at night I drop it down to -28 and colour down to -14. Actually I have used manual settings for day viewing and have the night settings set in Movie.

    Rtoonen

    Press home menu select picture select av selection and select manual mode.

    I use each of the imputs on manual as you can fine tune each input for variations of output from each source. Can't do that with the Pany

    As I have stated I am trying to contact Piers as I want to get him to calibrate
    my set, I have left a message on the phone number on his web site.
     
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    Sorry, wrong thread.
     
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    Hi Bumtious..

    I have just tried your colortemp settings and you are right! While watching a football game green was suddently green and not with the blue tint!
    Though I only use one setting, cause I never really watch tv during day.
    So I keep my contrast at 31, brightness -1, color -13, sharpness 0.
    CTI on, DRE OFF, ACL OFF, Gamma 3, Black level ON.
     

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