HS10 Improvement Tweaks
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Here is a link to a site specific addressing tweaks for KPxxHS10 sets.
There is an also an active listserv at egroups for HS10 owners. If interested,
you can find out more about it at http://www.egroups.com/group/sonyhs10
HS10 Screen Removal
Here's how you can remove the protective screen
to eliminate that glare/mirror effect.
Tip from Mike Emery: "I have been a little bothered by a little anomaly in my
KP-61HS10. Using Avia, the needle pulse pattern showed a significant blurring of the
bottom darkline, the edges not at all defined. This was noted even when
setting SVM to zero (this did tighten the line, but did not bring it into focus.) Similar
effect was seen in the sharpness and resolution patterns. TV display was
veiled. I ruled out a focus problem, because the white line seemed
well-defined, but everything just seemed a little soft and blurred, just enough to irk me
This misadjustment may have been peculiar to my set, but I STRONGLY recommend that you
experiment with the following settings. Once I worked with these settings, I was obsessed.
I started at 7 this morning, skipped breakfast, havent showered or shaved
yet...its 11:00 AM for cryin out loud. THIS IS AMAZING!! I CANT STOP
CHECKING OUT MY FAVORITE REFERENCE SCENES!! My jaw was on the floor, I was so
stunned. OK, enough raving...
For DVD, Im using component into Video 5, so I began with category MCP 5.
Original values for the items to be adjusted were: SSHP (3), SHPF (1), SYS (1), and PREO
SSHP and SHPF act to sharpen the picture, but not in the sense of the tradition user
sharpness control (which as you know adds artifacts.) These do not add artifacts. I
dont know how they work, but they really helped with the needle pulse. I set them
both to (3) and double-check with a multiburst to see if it introduced problems. I
didnt see anything bad. BUT the biggest effect was through the SYS function. This is
magical! I set it to (0)...yikes, bad idea...image smeared horizontally like a bad pair of
eyeglasses...but scrolling up 1 to 2 to 3 was like the final fine tuning. I couldnt
believe my eyes. The needle pulse lines became perfectly defined. I cross-checked again
with the sharpness, multiburst and resolution patterns. No problems, but holy **** the
image was razor-sharp. Started running through my favorite evaluation scenes from Mask of
Zorro, 5th Elephant, Bugs Life, The Mummy....on and on. I toggled between 2 and three, and
am not sure which is better. 2 may be just a tad more defined.
Like I said...razor sharp. I do think some may find it TOO sharp...I need to spend some
time with this to see if it will be fatiguing in the long term, but I am
really blown away. I went on and did MCP 4 (TV section) the same, and again, amazing. It
will reveal flaws in less-than-optimal signal, but Ive got really good cable, for
the most part. Weather Channel has excellent text and graphics now, where it was smeared
and blurred a bit before. Good channels look better, bad channel now have nowhere to hide!
And I have yet to fine-tune the electrical and mechanical focus....!
The best DVDs will be stunning, but a bad transfer (especially if it has excess
edge-enhancement) will offend. Same for cable/satellite. But again, these adjustments DO
NOT appear to add artificial enhancement artifacts like the user sharpness control. In
fact, I find the user sharpness at anything more than dead-zero begins to add slight
Give it a try and see if it helps! I'm curious if this is a global issue or just my
By the way, I've had ZERO luck getting information from Sony regarding the actual
definition and function of those millions of service-menu parameters. Zip, nada, null,
void. And that's after two days of trying and navigating the corporate/service maze, using
all my available resources to find and call the RPTV factory on my dime, blah blah.
Anybody else have any luck?"