John came over prior to the game bringing his HD-DVD Video Essentials, and given that we had some time prior to the game, we spent some time tuning the set. Honestly, most things were pretty good, though we had to tune down the color and up the brightness just a bit. There was one adjustment we made that I can tell immediately made a difference, which was tuning the sharpness down to nothing. One thing that had always bothered me was how Jack’s beard in lost seemed to shimmer in odd ways, though I was never really sure what caused it. It turns out that sharpness on digital TVs pretty much just takes the digital artifacting and makes it 10 times worse. The image looks a little softer now, but there are no annoying random artifacts on thin lines throughout the picture.
Thanks to John for bringing that over. I still have the kit as I’m going to do audio balancing this week (as we didn’t quite have the time to do it before people showed up). While my living room is only so tunable, I’m still looking forward to actually trying to balance in the sub woofer in a reasonable way. I think it will be amusing to see how off my course grained adjustments are.