I'll start by saying that I'm new to the calibrated TV thing. Anyway, I calibrated the set with VE in the same light settings as I watch movies, and the picture seems so dark. Perhaps I am new to the "properly" calibrated look, so I'm sure that I'll adjust. I'm just looking for confirmation of my first thoughts on the picture. I do see already that the image is much more soothing and natural than I am used to. That's a plus. One more thing, even after the calibration, I can see the letterbox lines from the DVD against the TV's generated lines (16:9). I know that lowering the brightness will reduce this, but like I said before, it seems so dark to begin with. Any input or experiences of other owners would be much appreciated. Thanks.