Sharp LC37 P50E - Advice for optimun set up?



Hi All

Just purchased the above after a brief and quite disastrous flirtation with a Philips 7520 plasma. Not too bothered about hdtv for a coupe of years or so, so was advised by many that the new p50 screens were best buy for my needs (sport via sky, dvd & console gaming).

At £1160 I have to say I'm delighted with results so far, but I've simply taken it out of the box, plugged me periphs in and turned on. So not being of a hugely technical disposition, I wondered how owners of the same set have managed to achieve optimum performance? Also, is it worth investing £££ in a decent scart lead and connections? Some say yes, others no, wondered what peoples thoughts were here?

Any help and advice much appreciated! :smashin:


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As you're a new member I'll let you off but you should really do a search as there are already a number of threads with this information.

My current settings for the LC37P50E with Sky+ and DVD both connected via Scart with RGB enabled are:

Daytime Viewing -
Backlight: -4 (OPC On)
Contrast: +27
Brighness: +12
Colour: -8
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 0
Advanced Settings left as default
Colour Temp: Middle
I/P Setting: Progressive
DNR: Off
Quickshoot: On

This is OK for daytime viewing but at nightime with normal living room lighting I turn OPC Off and revert to my manual backlight setting as OPC will set it too dark. The only difference I use for DVD is I have the backlight set to -6 as I usually watch films in near darkness and Surround Sound On.

Jim Barry

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I am finding the centre positions for brightness and contrast quite reasonable. The default colour saturation is definitely a bit high and I have this turned down to -5 or so. I have completely given up on OPC as it seems unable to stabilise itself.

For TV, I have film mode turned off and I/P mode set to interlaced. This results in a smooth picture with no extra in-set sharpening (as far as I can tell). However, interlace "jaggies" are evident, despite the fact that this TV is supposed to eliminate such effects by virtue of the 1:1 correspondence between scan lines and pixel rows. The "progressive" setting results in a steadier still image but adds a sharpening effect that spoils the picture slightly.

For DVD, I am experimenting with the Film Mode option. It appears to do a pretty good job of removing motion artifacts from film based material. Unfortunately, it introduces the same sharpening effect as the progressive I/P mode. Also, the film mode detection seems to be rather flaky. With the I/P Mode set to interlaced, I can see the picture getting repeatedly sharper then fuzzier as the film mode detection kicks in and out (try playing a 2.35:1 widescreen movie and keep an eye on the top and bottom edges of the letterboxed picture). Consequently, it is necessary to keep the I/P Mode set to progressive to disguise this effect.

I have the sharpness control set to -9. Despite my utter hatred of sharpening filters, I do not use the -10 setting as it actually appears to introduce a softening filter, as opposed to just disabling the sharpening filter.

Regarding cables, it's best to use a decent quality SCART lead but there's no need to spend silly money. The entry level XFT02 IXOS cable can be had for under £15 or you could spend a bit more and get the XHT601. Of course the digital HDMI connector will give the best result.


Apols, must have missed the search facility yesterday, though thanks very much for the help guys.

I'll be having a good play with the cables just as soon as this right arm's out of plaster...
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