Originally Posted by Otto Pylot
Keep in mind that if you do find settings for your model they could look totally different on your set because of component variability and viewing conditions. If you can't at least adjust the settings yourself with a disk, and you do find settings but they don't look good, then the only options left are learning how to calibrate yourself or hire a professional. The professional settings are usually achieved with a light meter and software, so unless your room conditions are exactly the same as someone else's, and your components have the same tolerance values, it's a crap shoot.
Yep - I completely understand. I will either spring for a pro calibration, or borrow a meter and SW from a tech at work (I work for a video equipment company).
Copying the "Pro" settings from someone else *NEVER* works. I've proven that many times
Last night I played around with the basic settings on my M471i-A02 using the following AVS Forum Test Patterns played from my Apple TV:
4-Flashing Color Bars.mp4
5-Sharpness & Overscan.mp4
I was able to use the Color Tuner menu to turn on only the BLUE primary when using the flashing bars pattern to set color saturation and tint - which made it very easy.
I started with the "Calibrated" mode on the TV and performed the following sequence of adjustments:Started with these settings:
Picture Mode = Calibrated
Auto Brightness Control = OFF
Backlight = 80 (BL was arrived at after many iterations - my room is pretty bright - 80 works best for me)
Color Temp = NORMAL
Black Detail = OFF
Smart Dimming = OFF (I hate Smart Dimming on the M471i - puts horizontal "glare" across the picture on dark scenes)
Noise Filters = OFF
Film Mode = AUTO
---Then performed this sequence:
- Adjusted Brightness using the 'Black Clipping' and 'APL Clipping' patterns (Brightness = 60)
- Adjusted Contrast using the 'White Clipping' and 'APL Clipping' patterns (Contrast = 68)
- Adjusted Sharpness using the sharpness/overscan pattern (Sharpness = 5, anything higher started creating outlines/halos)
- Adjusted Color using 'Flashing Bars' pattern and by turning only BLUE on in Color Tuner menu. (Color was perfect at 40)
- Adjusted Tint using 'Flashing Bars' pattern (Tint of -3 was perfect)
The biggest surprises were COLOR and SHARP settings. Anything above 5 on sharpness started to cause outlines on the test pattern.
COLOR in the low 40's really helped skin tones look more natural and prevented extreme over saturation on shows like 'The Voice'.