All, Just got the Digital Video Essentials DVD and ran through the basic calibration section. In this disk, and the Avia disk I used before, they commented during the sharpness section that if you don't see much difference, just keep the sharpness all the way down. Never saw much difference with the Avia disk at low sharpness levels. Not the case with DVE though!!! With DVE, at the very end of the discussion part, it also shows the entire sharpness pattern de-focusing, as an example when you have gone to far low with sharpness. I ran the test pattern, and oooooh my, my set was completely defocused. I ran it up until I saw the white artifacts surrounding the black lines, ran it down until they dissapeared, and kept going down. This is when I discovered the pattwern went completely out of focus, even hard the read the text of the pattern. Anyway, on my Pioneer 643, 16:9 set, Sharpness was -28 (-30 to +30 scale). Now it is at 0. (Using Denon 1600, component cable connection.) Quickly watching the opening of Lion King, I now realize I have been watching everything completely out of focus (way too little sharpness) for over 9 months. The details I have now is almost 3 dimentional. All this time I was convinced that the soft picture was what I have heard described as "filmlike." Am I am idiot or what? Could Avia have steered me wrong? Does the sharpness pattern work on DVE but not Avia? Anyone else seen this? Thanks, KenRen PS. Very unhappy with the color and hue portions of DVE. Damn Pioneer puts the adjustment overlay menu right on top of the critical portion of the test patterns.