Originally Posted by born2win413
So far as I can tell, this whole forum is based upon personal user's experiences right? Is there like an official calibration plan that I can go off of instead of trying everyone of the mentioned calibration here which is a lot... sorry so bare with me. thanks, LN52A550
While each user has their own preferences, I think there's a few things everybody should do. If you have your PC hooked up to your TV via HDMI, you can use some of the test patterns located on http://www.w6rz.net/
. If you don't have a PC, but have a bluray/HD DVD player, you can pick up the appropriate version of DVE (digital video essentials), or there's a DVD version as well. If you have a DVD with THX optimizer on it, that works too.
Or if you have a computer and can burn a DVD and have a bluray player or an HD DVD player, there's a free calibration disc in http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=948496
You'd probably get the biggest gain out of setting your brightness and contrast correctly. DVE has some guided tutorial that tells you which pattern to use and what to look for, but basically you look at a grayscale ramp (search the w6rz site for ramp) and set your brightness control so your blackest value is near the dot, and the whitest value is near the dot. People will argue about blacker than black and whiter than white, but I'm not going to get into it here.
The other pattern you can use is the flashing color bars in conjunction with the "blue mode" in the picture options to set color and tint, but I found it doesn't work that well.
I'd suggest reading through the AVS HD 709 thread
if you're going to use that disc. DVE will just guide you through what you need to do.
This won't help you much on TV sources, since you can't display test patterns, but you can take the brightness and contrast settings you got from a calibration disc and tweak them a little based on what you see in TV content.
You can't set white balance and color space settings correctly without a measuring device, so you can either leave them at default or take a setting from this thread. Or you can just fiddle with it until it looks good to you.
Some of the other options, like dynamic contrast, energy saver, and backlight, are more up to personal preference. I wouldn't set dynamic contrast above low though, it starts clipping details above that setting. I also wouldn't use the black adjust setting because it crushes blacks (i.e. you lose shadow detail).
In the end, it's really all about what you want to see out of your TV. You should, after changing some settings, look at some movie you really like and see if it makes it better or not. Purists will argue that you need to calibrate your TV to a standard to see a movie exactly as the director intended it, but I say just go with what you're happy with.
If you really want to calibrate your TV, you'll have to do something like what's described in this guide
. I'm actually going to attempt to run through that this weekend (I'll have my colorimeter tomorrow). I am one of those people that wants my TV calibrated to see a movie as it's intended to be seen, and I have the patience (stupidity?) to try to do it myself