When I got my DVD player a few weeks ago, I ran the Avia basic televison setup procedure on my Sony 27" TV. It made a big difference. The two main changes were 1) I switched to the mode that disable Scan Velocity Modulation (probably should have done that when I first got the TV) and 2) the black level is now set higher than it was before. I now get a really wonderful picture from the DVD player, connected via S-Video cables and through my Onkyo 575x receiver. My DirecTV receiver (Hughes) also connects to the TV through the receiver's S-Video switching. I don't think this was true before the recalibration, but black never gets particularly black on the DirecTV picture now. It may be that getting used to the DVD picture has made me more picky about black blacks but I don't think so. For instance, the opening credits to Law & Order start by panning across a night-time New York skyline. The sky that is supposed to be black is more of a dirty gray and has a bit of pixelization swimming in the grayness. Even when a black screen with white titles is used, it never gets all that black. So my question is, does the DVD player put out a lower "black" signal than the DirecTV receiver on purpose or is the analog electronics in the Hughes receiver just limited in its dynamics on the "black" end of the range. I'll bet that I had pushed the black level way down in my original eyeball setup of the TV to cover up this characteristic. Or maybe I have a bad S-Video cable going from the DirecTV receiver.