I am in the process of calibrating my 8th generation Pioneer Kuro. I have a PDP-5010FD. I bought an Eye One meter, I have Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics blu ray and I downloaded the ColorHCFR software. I have a guide I am working from. I also ordered a service remote for the Pioneer plasmas.
Anyway, I was trying to set Contrast according to the guide, and I was told that I should shoot for a range of 30-40 foot lamberts light output when reading from the "Window 100% level w/ new PLUGE" pattern from the DVE disc.
Yet my readings from my Eye One display 2 meter are much lower than I would expect. I have placed the meter in the center of the white box on the "Window 100% level w/ new PLUGE" pattern and did my readings.
In the Color HCRF software, I clicked on the green triangle to take continuous readings. I then monitored the "ftL" readings as I adjusted the contrast.
However, I could not get the readings above the 20s regarding light output. At normal contrast (35 or so) I only get abour 23 ftL output. Even turning the contrast all the way up, I still only am getting about 28-29 ftL.
I have heard elsewhere that the target range for light output is 30 to 40. And the Kuros have a reputation of having pretty damn good image quality.
I would think I should be able to hit 35 or so on a calibrated 8g display.
What do you think? Is there perhaps a problem with my meter? Or do you think my readings are okay?
Is there anything I can do to increase the light output on the 5010fd?
Now, I DID buy this set in late 2007 and it has seen a reasonable amount of hours, so perhaps the brightness has dropped a bit but I still would like to see greater light output readings.
Another thing I am thinking is I would like to calibrate two picture presets, one for night and one for day. I want both to have accurate colors and grayscale but I want the day setting to be brighter. Similar to the ISF day and night settings on the Elites, but obviously with less accuracy due to the less exact picture controls on the non-Elites. But the same idea.
What do you think? Are my readings low for light output? What can or should be done to perhaps increase the light output on my 8g Kuro?
Thanks and I really hope to get some good responses because I am stumped.