So it has almost been a year and I decided to re-calibrate my display (Sharp LC60SQ15U). It is taking an awful long time to it this time around as I am using different equipment (metered) and software this time and it is taking some getting used to.
Here are some of my thoughts (feel free to comment): I had bad SOE when I first purchased and had turned off Film Mode due to this. I have not noticed any issues with Film Mode off (hundreds of hours of viewing). My opinion is that Film Mode is pointless. Also, during the past year I have exclusively used Movie Mode with adjustments made to reflect D65. I had Active Contrast off, Motion Enhancement to Low, Clear Picture Processing off, Digital Noise reductions off, and I had actually been using the automatic backlight with a low of -11 and high of +16. The 2-point adjustments reflected D65 (as closely as possible).
What I have noticed within the past couple of months (I don't know if this is a symptom of recent activity or if I'm just being more critical as my tastes become more refined
after-all isn't this what happens as we get older?) is that the detail in the darker scenes has been lacking. I wouldn't necessarily say that blacks were "crushed" but I also wouldn't say that they weren't. It is just that detail was lacking significantly in the darker scenes. As a consequence I have decided to go old school and do Rec. 709.
I have found it exceedingly difficult to get a decent gray scale calibration (D65). Below 20% White was astronomically out of wack! Blues were way too high on both the low end and the high end of White. Red was also very low in the lower end (below 20% White). I cannot seem to fix this. I have kept Green on both RGBlow end and high end completely neutral as most if not all the guides that I have read suggested. This doesn't seem to be common practice but I'm wondering why that is.
Contrast was adjusted from 27 to 30 this time around. I set the backlight to +4 and left the Brightness to 0. This exhibited a near perfect 34-35 ftL with 100% White as the Rec. 709 guide suggested.
Again, I was a little out of wack in the high end (above 80% White) and the low end (below 20% White). The middle (where it really counts) was pretty good!
I haven't touched CMS yet but I am actually pretty impressed so far with these HUGE adjustments as compared to my original calibration. I feel like dark scenes have astounding detail in comparison to before.
If anybody is on the fence at trying Rec. 709 and wants a near perfectly looking picture grab a meter (X-Rite EODIS3 i1Display Pro) and try it out. It is actually a lot of fun!