Originally Posted by Anderegg
I just finished calibrating my EN32EH5300 TS01 using my Spyder4. I am in TV news/production (I own a DSC chart and vectorscope!) and I am very anal about things looking natural and perfect! My gold standard for what a TV camera should produce is 60 Minutes interviews, the TV show. The blacks are deep, but just above blacks are not washed out, and faces look perfect, the right color, tone, saturation. As a profession I am a night time news photographer, so the ability to SHOOT very low light and still get black detail without it turning grey is important to me, as is not getting overexposure and clipping in highlights at the same time. I am not a fan of the "flat" look. Anyway, here are my "9300k 1.8 gamma" HTPC settings I use now. The PC is set to limited 16-235 RGB, and I first calibrated the TV with a stock PC HDMI output, then reran the Spyder on the PC after initially getting the TV calibrated on it's own. It is worth mentioning that Gamma 0 on my set = 1.9. The +/- adjustments are simply .1 increments from 1.9 in either direction. I also used the HDMI low black level to increase contrast. These settings took hours to get right, as the Spyder only wants to spit out unsaturated very ugly brown Warm2, with buried blacks if left to it's own judgement. Maybe it gets better deviation figures in ugly brown mode, but it has to uglify everything to get a good average apparently.
Service Menu WB adjustments
Sub Brightness: 112
Red Offset: 129
Green Offset: 127
Blue Offset: 124
Sub Contrast: 117
Red Gain: 137
Green Gain: 127
Blue Gain: 154
Colortone: Warm 1
Spyder4 always wanted 98 for contrast, and around 38-39 for color as well as that R53 tint shift, regardless of the other settings tested. Alternate HMDI Normal black level brightness value would be 31, if you prefer a slightly flatter picture. Contrast in Spyder testing for both low/45 and normal/31 blacks at base 0.14cd/m, was just under 1700:1. Adjusting the brightness even 1 notch positive, would bring the black level to 0.28cd/m, and drop the contrast down to 1400:1. Yes, hard to calibrate, due to even the slightest variation causing pretty sizable changes in specs. I use this for watching cable TV on Windows Media Center, very happy, looks as good as the EVF on my broadcast cameras.
this also works for the Sharp HH02, the improvement is abysmal
. thank you very much I love my TV once again.
I wonder if the Advanced Settings also works in PC mode, since in this mode I cant change the Color nor Tint, I have started to use PC mode and stream netflix from my laptop as I have the Impression it looks even better this way. But I dont know if I should revert advanced settings, Or I should move the tint and color from my laptop settings, since I cant change the TV in PC mode. Ill appreciate any help. thanks!
Also Id like to add that for sharp panels, few more points on Color makes the image much better, I noticed this since in PC mode the color is fixed at 50, but I dont recommend beyond 45 since it will bleed on more saturated images.
could also anyone confirm that Standard PC mode using netflix on IE Edge, looks better than the TV netflix app?? or
For PC mode Im using similar settings besides Anderegg's as above:
Brightness: 31/HDMI Black level Normal
Colortone: Warm 1
Edit: I changed the settings to Brightness: 31/HDMI Black level Normal and changed my video card to output limited black range, it looks much better now.
I really would like someone in this forum to test the following just so see if i'm right:
is very important to use exactly these values:
- Optionally use the advanced Service menu settings from Anderegg's
- Connect your laptop to the HDMI DVI input.
- Change the input name to PC in the TV sources tools
- change your video card to output Limited Color Range (very important) and 59Hz Freq.
- change TV video mode to Standard, Contrast: 98, Brightness: 31, HDMI Black level Normal ,Gamma: +1, Colorspace: Native, Colortone: Warm 1
- open netflix using Microsoft Edge, and play anything on it. Edge should stream 1080p unlike other browsers.
- compare the image vs the built in Netflix app
can you see the difference? which one you like the most?
Edit: I continue testing different options, there is another combination that I like even more:
I switch the Video card output to Full range, changed the TV source name to Bluray, Then I setup the settings just like the ones from Anderegg's settings but instead of Movie mode I'm using standard mode, brightness should be 50-51/HDMI black level Normal. Sharpness I left it at 0, since it introduces noise in Bluray mode.
For some reason, Movie mode makes video noise brighter inside the darks, and in Standard mode, that noise blends much better in the dark areas. I also see more wider colors in both dark and bright areas.this is using netflix from Microsoft Edge browser.
I hope this helps anyone else. I'll continue trying to improve the image to the max. thank you.