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Hello all!

My first post, and I am already about 100 tabs open with excitement in learning more here. Some really thoughtful and interesting posts here, but unfortunately I haven't found a post about my new TV.
(side note - I started with a 50'' and thought for $250 more the 60'' was a good idea, it's big and I hope the "holy **** this thing is big" factor is normal. I also had a cracked screen, and now stripped screws thanks to the folks who delivered it, so I am on my third one, fun times)

I am now ready to calibrate my TV and I started with the AVSHD 709 calibration MP4 videos to tune my TV.
(AVS HD 709 - Blu-ray & MP4 Calibration)

However, I am so new to doing this myself, my previous TV I was able to find some settings online that worked out quite nicely but for this TV I found none. Therefore, my goal, with your help, is to tune this TV to optimum settings (for free) and share my findings with all.

Maybe one of you has already done this and will make quick work out of this post. Perhaps someone with the tools and technical know how is close to me in Seattle and wants to come over (drinks/bribes of course).

One thing I noticed in my first stab at calibrating the TV was that no matter what the white settings are at, I still see grey bars. Seems like this is OK but I was hoping that this TV would be pretty stellar and have the technology to allow 'perfect tuning.

So in short, help a noob learn and I will do my best to pay the favor forward. Many thanks for your time and help.
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Greetings

http://www.tlvexp.ca/2013/03/poor-tv...ity-not-happy/

Give this article a read. It covers your real options for getting to a better image on the TV. Real tangible results. The only real path to better viewing.

A summary is:

1. Get a test disc and follow the instructions. (free-$40) If you follow the instructions correctly ... things get better ... if you don't ... well.
2. Get hardware and software along with the test disc and learn how to do all this yourself. Spend the next year scrounging around on the net looking for info. You might get to a better picture eventually. ($150-$500) Just like buying a pro camera does not mean you suddenly take professional level pictures. Learning not included when you buy a hammer.
3. Hire a good professional to calibrate your TV and you get to the best end result in about 3-4 hours. ($250-$450) If you hire a bad one ... well who knows what you end up with. This is not unique to the world of calibration ...
4. Get professional level training along with the hardware and software. Training can cost ($100-$2000) and paying more does not guarantee you get better training. Add this to the hardware and software costs. You can actually get pretty damn good training for as little as $100 ...

http://www.tlvexp.ca/2012/12/the-fru...oneer-lottery/

This article discusses the real odds that you are facing when you decide to copy settings. And that is probably what you are asking anyway.

Summary .. you have less than 4% chance to do better than stock settings in the TV. That said ... you have a greater than 96% chance of doing no better or worse than the same stock settings. But since you can never verify without gear and knowledge if you are truly in the 4% or 96% group ... the stats don't matter and it is simply a game to find settings you like ... liking .. doesn't make it correct ... 2+2=98 ... I can like that a whole lot, but it is still wrong. You just swap out one type of wrong answer for another one since the correct answer does not matter to you.

If verification is not important to you, then you are no longer talking about calibration ... and why are you in a calibration forum ...?

http://www.tlvexp.ca/2012/01/setting...u-might-think/

An article on setting contrast. Follow the three rules for setting contrast.


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Hello all!

My first post......
Welcome to the forum. Many AVS members come to this section of the forum with a screwy idea of what display calibration is. They make false assumptions based upon ignorance or wrong teaching. One of the more wide spread and persistent myths in the AV hobbyist community is that swapping settings from other devices is a reliable method to achieve accurate performance. These two "sticky" threads from the top of this section of the forum apply to your inquiry:

' Display Calibration: Root Fundamentals'
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1021933

'Sharing display menu settings?'
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1055906

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Thank you George and Michael!

MichaelTLV - Thank you for this. I will read the articles you sent, and I am happy to say that using the AVS HD 709 MP4s via USB seemed to help, but I am hopeful for even better tuning of the sharpness, this was the hardest to tune for me. I read a few articles from the folks at Sony and many of them mentioned that their factory settings aren't designed to "wow" on the showroom floors, and I am curious to what you think about just using factory settings on Sony vs. other brands. Sounds like Samsung does tune the colors in the wrong direction to "wow" folks.

I understand the difference between calibration for true settings and real-world enjoyable settings now and I am hoping to get a better idea of what those end up looking like. I want to look at skin tones, and highlights on details (for video gaming) as my main points of trying to get a 'good picture'. I might get addicted enough to buy the equipment, but I am not there yet.

GeorgeAB - I read the articles you linked to late last night and was tempted to respond with a shrugging smiley, I should have read them first before making a fool of myself.

Anyways, I completely understand the logic here and that 'sharing settings' doesn't make sense based on the different environmental concerns.

That said, I am not a purist, and at the end of the day I only matter what makes me and my guests say, "That's a good picture!". Ideally I will have settings that work for my style, which is 60% movies/tv and 40% video games.
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Thank you George and Michael!....

I understand the difference between calibration for true settings and real-world enjoyable settings now and I am hoping to get a better idea of what those end up looking like. I want to look at skin tones, and highlights on details (for video gaming) as my main points of trying to get a 'good picture'. I might get addicted enough to buy the equipment, but I am not there yet.....

Anyways, I completely understand the logic here and that 'sharing settings' doesn't make sense based on the different environmental concerns....
If you seek what is correct in video industry terms, that IS the "real world." Going by feel in a community of varying opinion, intuition, guesswork, and individual preference used to be referred to as "group grope." That activity is encouraged and practiced freely in the display owners sections of the forum. If you don't care to seek for what the program author intended, display calibration is not a worthwhile solution for you.

Sharing settings makes little sense primarily because sample-to-sample loose tolerances prevent reliable repeatability beyond general picture mode options. Varying viewing environment conditions could be considered a close second.
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If you seek what is correct in video industry terms, that IS the "real world." Going by feel in a community of varying opinion, intuition, guesswork, and individual preference used to be referred to as "group grope." That activity is encouraged and practiced freely in the display owners sections of the forum. If you don't care to seek for what the program author intended, display calibration is not a worthwhile solution for you.

Sharing settings makes little sense primarily because sample-to-sample loose tolerances prevent reliable repeatability beyond general picture mode options. Varying viewing environment conditions could be considered a close second.
Thanks! So let's start with the basics then. Does it matter if you use MP4s on a USB to calibrate a TV vs. a blu-ray? Is the only option for USB to use the AVS HD 709 files? Any others out there you would recommend? I get mixed messages across the forums.

I want to say that my research thus far tells me that it won't make a difference. However I would love your thoughts on the matter.

I don't want to have to change my settings from input to input, and want to freely change between my xbox for gaming and my cable box for watching a show.

Any good tutorials would also be helpful in this, especially how to adjust sharpness and white levels (like I mentioned before, my black levels allowed me to get the reference area solid black but my white level adjustments never got rid of the blinking grey bars from reference and above.

Thanks again!
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Cehvee, You are using the USB version because you don't have a bluray player ?

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Cehvee, You are using the USB version because you don't have a bluray player ?
My xbox one plays blu-rays, but I don't have a blu-ray burner to make the disc. If there is a hard copy available then I could go that route.
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Will your Xbox play avchd format? If so you just need a DVD burner for that version
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Will your Xbox play avchd format? If so you just need a DVD burner for that version
Looks like it should support that, what burner would you recommend to make the DVD?

Do you think this makes a difference vs. MP4 on USB?
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Maybe for your purpose no, for more advanced calibration yes IMO
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Maybe for your purpose no, for more advanced calibration yes IMO
Interesting, I would like to know what it would help with and what you would recommend so I can try to see.
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Did you visit the site? There are tutorial videos for setting user controls.

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My xbox one plays blu-rays, but I don't have a blu-ray burner to make the disc. If there is a hard copy available then I could go that route.
Hi, Xbox One can't play Recordable Blu-ray (BD-R) due to DRM.

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That is correct, but users have reported that DVDs work just fine:
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Looks like it should support that, what burner would you recommend to make the DVD?

Do you think this makes a difference vs. MP4 on USB?
Hello, some TV's are handling differently the files you playback in USB Mode with those what are entering to HDMI Inputs, a lot of times there mismatch.

Also some TV's are disabling a lot of advanced calibration controls in USB Mode.

The best thing is to take some measurements (Grayscale/Saturation/Luminance or ColorChecker) from your Blu-Ray player and then use the same patterns to measure them from your USB..... Check the reports to see if the measurements from the both inputs are matching closely under meter repeatability tolerance.

But you have to check also Contrast/Brightness/Sharpness/Clipping patterns using your HDMI vs. USB to see if they are matching also.

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sorry for slightly off topic question, does anyone know how the KDL60W610B differs from the 630? Is seems to be a Costco specific model number, but I can't find anything that tells how it may differ from the 630. thanks.
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Greetings

Usually you are just looking at a difference in hdmi inputs or something minor like that. Picture is the same.

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Kdl60w610b == kdl60w630b

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sorry for slightly off topic question, does anyone know how the KDL60W610B differs from the 630? Is seems to be a Costco specific model number, but I can't find anything that tells how it may differ from the 630. thanks.
I made this same inquiry with two different Sony reps, both of whom said the KDL60W610B & KDL60W630B are in fact identical from a hardware & software perspective. The KDL60W610B is Costco specific model number which is only sold in the U.S. KDL60W630B is the model number generally found at just about every other retailer that I've seen, and it is sold in both the U.S. & Canada. Either way, it is the same TV and you cannot go wrong with this one. I looked at a lot of 2D LED-LCD HDTVs around 60" over the past two months, and thought that the Sony KDL60W610B offered the best picture overall (I have no interest in 3D TVs) now that Panasonic exited the plasma TV business. It's not as good as my Panasonic plasma, but I doubt that any LED TV will match it PQ-wise.
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