Question about Keytec Sony Multiscan E500 21 in. CRT Monitor
I have 21" Sony Multisan E530. The black color is displayed in different levels of green - light, dark, bright. It's especially irritating when I watch films, because the dark borders in the top and the bottom of the overlay are green instead of black.
If the owner's manual covers it, I would do a factory reset on it. I would also test the PC and video card by trying another monitor to be sure. I would check the pins for ones which are bent or broken, and check the cable for pinched spots. After that, I would say the monitor has a bad signal / video board in it.
Posted on Jan 15, 2007
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Basic Picture Control- Displays the five slider controls for adjusting
the way the picture looks.
Contrast Adjusts the difference between the light and dark areas
of the picture.
Color Adjusts- the richness of the color
Tint Adjusts the balance between the red and green levels
Black Level Adjusts the brightness of the picture
. Sharpness Adjusts the crispness of edges in the picture.
Sharpness Adjusts the crispness of edges in the picture.
appear. You can choose either Yes or No. If you save the settings as a
Personal Picture Preset, the TV will store the settings so you can reselect
them easily if someone changes the settings.
Picture Presets Displays- a choice list that lets you select one of three
preset picture settings: Bright Lighting, Normal Lighting, Soft Lighting
or Personal Picture Preset. Choose the setting that is best for your
Auto Color Displays- a choice list that lets you turn on the feature that
automatically corrects the color of the picture. (This is especially useful
for tracking realistic flesh tone colors as you switch from channel to
channel.) Choose On or Off, depending on your preference.
Color Warmth Displays- a choice list that lets you set one of three
automatic color adjustments: Cool for a more blue palette of picture
colors; Normal; and Warm for a more red palette of picture colors. The
warm setting corresponds to the National Television Standards
Committee (NTSC) standard of 6500?K.
Video Noise Reduction Displays- a choice list that lets you turn on the
feature that automatically reduces noise from the picture. Audiovariable
enables the TV to automatically adjust noise reduction level;
off turns off noise reduction feature; on-fixed sets a fixed level of noise
The first step in calibrating your television lies in paying attention to your surroundings. Sit in the same spot you'd normally sit in to watch your TV. Then, make sure the lighting is at the same level you'll be using to watch movies: setting your TV to overcompensate for a brightly-lit room may give you distorted results. Watching in complete darkness may cause undue eyestrain, but a dim, diffuse light behind or to the side of your LCD TV is best. Just make sure to avoid any glare or reflection on the screen.
Next, be sure your display has "warmed up" for at least a half hour before attempting any calibration; this is to ensure that all the components of the display are at normal operating temperature and best approximate normal viewing conditions. You can take this time to familiarize yourself with the various display controls on your particular TV--get the manual out if you have to. The better you know which controls are available on your LCD TV, the better your end results will be. Though different manufacturers give different names to the controls, these are the levels you'll be adjusting:
Beyond these basic settings, many modern TVs come packed with so-called "picture enhancements" which in reality do nothing but spoil an otherwise accurate, lifelike picture. Take a moment to dig through your TVs menus and disable any of these "features." What you're looking for is anything labeled edge enhancement or detail enhancement, flesh tone or color "correction," etc. This is a broad generalization, but basically anything not listed in the five controls above can be safely turned off. Another thing to check for is often called a "Picture Mode," or something similar: in reviews, we often find best results from a Movie or Cinema mode, which usually gives the most accurate picture with the least "enhancement." A Normal mode is a safe bet when this isn't available, but definitely avoid anything called Vivid, Dynamic, or Sports mode.Sports mode may make the grass look nice and green, but unless you're watching The Masters, it's probably not that green in real life; Sports mode is just ruining the color.
On a similar note, have a look at the options available for your LCD TV's backlight settings. Like many of the settings, the backlight is probably set to its highest brightness, which is probably too bright for comfortable extended viewing, and shortens the lifespan of your LCD TV as well. Drop this setting down at least to it's "normal" value, or even try out the Low Power or Power Saver option if it's available (in dimly lit rooms).Finally, a word about Color Temperature. Without getting into the rather complicated science behind it all, Color Temperature basically refers to the peak wavelength of a light source, which affects the color tint given to images which should be "pure" white. Suffice it to say that while most video is produced to what's called a "6500K Standard," (6500 degrees Kelvin), not every TV comes out of the box set to display that standard properly. In fact, factory settings are very rarely are set close to 6500K.
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