Originally Posted by Vader2000
I came upon this thread a few months ago, which happened to be within a couple weeks of starting to read Mad's headphone gaming guide. It was cool to see you in both places. I appreciate all the work you've done to help people identify the different panels in the lottery as well as sharing your calibration settings.
I've decided to go with the UN40EH5300, simply because I want that third HDMI port (could care less about the smart apps, though). The Xbox and PS3 will already take up two and my wife is requesting a Wii U this year, so it's the best option. I'm just waiting for 2013 models to start rolling out so the price will come down some more.
Anyway, I had a question about your calibration. What kind of room lighting did you have while performing calibration? I typically game and watch movies with the lights on; otherwise my eyes get fatigued sooner. Will calibration require any compensation if my ambient light amount is different from yours? Thanks!
I recognized your avatar from Head-Fi
You should calibrate in whatever lighting and environment your going to be using the TV in. So if you use it at night calibrate it with the lighting you have at night. Vice a versa for day. Or have two different calibrations (day cal/night cal).
I just wrote my backlight setting as "20" as I know that it will vary for each individual person and viewing environment. I don't necessarily use 20 though.
With my setup I always use bias lighting with my TV, which is when you have a light source behind
There are several advantages to this:
1) Reduces or eliminates eye strain and viewing fatigue in dark viewing conditions.
2) Eliminates image contamination due to reflections, haze and glare on the screen from conventional room lighting.
3) Enhances perceived black levels, contrast ratio, and picture detail by enabling dark adapted viewing (the ambient light keeps your pupils from dilating, which makes blacks appear darker on screen.)
4) Adds depth to the image.
I highly recommend it. It should help if your getting eye fatigue while maximizing the screens picture quality.
I actually have TWO different bias lights on my TV.
One is a long CCFL tube mounted in the middle with "daylight" reveal bulb in it.
The other is a set of LED light strips that change colors/brightness via a remote.
I use the single bulb for general purpose monitor/PC stuff. I use it just as a would a conventional lamp in the room, but it also provides the benefits of a bias light at the same time.
I use the LED lights when I'm watching TV/Movies/Games as it lets me dim the light low and control the color.
When I'm just using the TV as a PC monitor I usually keep the backlight around 5-10 which is 25-50%. When I'm gaming I turn the backlight higher, anywhere from 15-20 (75%-100%). However, I also switch to Standard mode which lets the automatic backlight dimming engage, so the backlight floats around a bit automatically and will go lower on dark scenes. For games I think automatic backlight dimming makes more sense than movies, and has less of a detrimental effect. For example, it works well when and provides a cool effect when you switch a flashlight ON and OFF in a dark room.
I keep the rest of my calibration settings the same (I don't compensate for the different backlights) and just change the backlight and the mode: I switch between PC, Movie, and Standard modes depending on what I'm watching. I have them all setup to look essentially identical to each other.
I use PC for...monitor/PC use. Movie for TV. And Standard for gaming, and also for some movies/shows that have a lot of dark scenes (where the automatic backlight dimming is more beneficial)
Hope that helps!
Oh, here are two pictures showing an example from each of the two bias lights:
This is what both lights look like installed on the back of the TV: