I have never seen an auto calibration system yet that can outdo a manual setup.
It is no different than sound really. Once I point out what to listen for, it is VERY rare for people to not prefer the more detailed, organic, and beautifully imaged soundstage that a well calibrated, quality sound system delivers.
Video calibration is similar. Once you point out the differences, I rarely see anyone go back to a non-calibrated image...if fact, in my experience, never.
However, not everyone sees or clearly recognizes all of the detail and finer points of a calibrated image unless it is pointed out to them.
The closest I came was my Time Warner installation guy. He raved about his Samsung and how it was so Vivid that it was surreal and almost hard to watch because it was so good. He LOVED this image ... until I showed him a calibrated Pioneer KRP-500M and pointed out what to look for ... he quickly changed his mind and I gave him a WOW disc as a tip for installing three (3) cable boxes.
However, I assume it is possible for some people to like or even prefer the in your face WOW factor of a bright, saturated, punchy image. For me however, anything that LOOKS or SOUND re-produced or artificial is annoying.
This could be due to the fact that I spend a lot of time in studios looking and listening to original native source content ... so I know how it SHOULD look and sound based on the original intention of the producer/director or producer/recording engineer.
I require ... and desire ... full transparency to the source whenever possible not only due to my job ... but also as my personal preference.
There is nothing wrong with those who do not agree with this ... to each his own and whatever makes you happy I always say
Originally Posted by buzzard767
I've tried the ee with three calibrated displays and was not wowed with the picture. There is a button on the remote for bypassing the LUTs and although the six available modes added pizzazz I preferred not to use them in the long run. The unit is in storage until Spectracal hopefully comes up with multi-point calibration utilizing 3D LUTs such is available with LightSpace
Absolutely. Calibration is not for everyone. THX teaches us to have the customer present while calibrating to explain the whats and the whys. Some calibrators won't take the job unless the customer agrees to be there. For those customers who are truly interested in calibration, once they are shown to look for shadow detail, flesh tones, and the proper color of items they are intimately familiar with such as fruits and vegetables they wouldn't have it any other way.