Pretty much my disagreement with that Cnet calibration of the 55NS720 is based of the calibrator being unfamiliar with the TV, and at the start he picked the incorrect scene mode to analyse and adjust the factory based calibration.
If he had chosen the Cinema mode, the only items that he would have changed are backlight, picture, sharpness, and white balance. Instead of doing that he butchered the General scene mode. I disagree with those Cnet backlight and picture settings even for use in a darker room.
fair enough Cinema mode doesn't usually require a lot of changes Sony seems to do a good job with that even most of the published reviews recommend that for calibration . I don't use Cnet settings but only look at them when I first get a set and try them . I have better luck with AVS HD .709 here and a little further adj. to my preferences and room
light . Sounds like you Have your Sony set the way you like it nothing wrong with that .
has a way cool color saturation test that is downloadable it works good!
OTOH I don't have measuring equipment and training either. I can see where a pro calibration could be useful on a lot of sets though most don't have a pre set as good as Sony's Cinema modes . In my case I'm fine (or think I am ☺) but it took some trial and error to be sure .
I wouldn't discourage anyone that wanted to get a pro calibration though and not being an expert I'm not qualified to advise others not to get one but can just say what works (or not ) for me ofc some sets really need them .
I believe If this Sony had CMS or in any event it surely would have saved me a lot of avregation early on with a pro calibration and believe me I would have been happy to pay someone in this case that came up with the same or maybe better results than I did after a lot of work they probably could have done it in a couple of hours maybe less .
This was THE most aggravating set of mine out of 5 to get right even though it has no CMS or maybe because of that .
I think I tend to like my pictures brighter than ~ 121 fL that many published reviewers target especially in daylight
Not saying they are wrong I'm not a trained calibrator but I'm good the way I do it after some (lots of ) trial and error learning what works here for me so far .
OTOH without measuring tools that may be where I'm at or close for all I know My brightness setting usually end up close to the published reviewers .
I like to keep black levels good and avoid oversaturation and blooming while maintaining dark/black details and avoid crushing blacks yet maintain enough color saturation the Sony Colortest file nails it those things are important to me .
I don't think I've ever seen a set out of the box that didn't need something most people just watch presets without
tweaking them ........I couldn't do that if left only to those I would have ~ 4 sets here that would have probably went back
including the Sony only one that would have stayed would have been the Toshiba with out of box pre sets
ofc Cnet gave that one an editors choice .
In fact *this Sony* almost went back
until I got it right because I was unaware you could modify and retain settings in Cinema mode until I tried it one day my Toshiba won't do that but it's out of box picture was much better and still holds it's own with the Sony just fine which is to say it has a very good picture or more accurately now the Sony does ☺
I got spoiled for picture quality and accurate color with my Sammie Plasma and the Toshiba LCD (at least in my frame of reference ) not Pannie VT/VZ PDP or Sony XBR 9XXX or OLED picture quality but pretty good none the less .
Re setting the Gamma and taking the other settings off Cinema defaults and changing color temp to neutral is the only reason the Sony is still here *this set * would not get to my liking at all in other than Cinema modes or display accurate colors unless in tweaked Cinema mode /neut color temp now it's fine ☺.
(stupid reviewers said to use general/scene/standard mode warm color temp mode on this set , only one review got it right about using cinema and neut color ) ofc after I figured it out after much trial and error also
General /standard /warm might be fine for other Sonys but not this one otherwise it pushes red and skewes the other colors and without CMS to compensate it almost went back it's all good now though .
With all the effort it took to get this one decent and looking like a Sony should I can believe in the merits of using a professional calibrator .
Cnet did not review this Sony.
they might have done fine with it if they reviewed it they did fine with 2 of my other sets .
Palmer wrote ,
I also use power saving (low) and use the Light Sensor (optimize brightness according to ambient light). After a proper brighter room calibration, the light sensor will turn down the brightness for use in a darker room.
If you calibrate for a dark room and then activate the light sensor, the light sensor will not work properly.[/quote]
That's reasonable. FWIW I don't use light sensors on any of my sets out of preference not what I read anywhere
although Low on the Sony didn't seem to be detrimental like it can be on some of my other sets in fact some are just on/off .
I watch as much in daylight as not and only change the brightness 3-4 pts at night to slightly enhance black levels on the Sony . The Sammie PDP has good blacks as is so I usually leave it alone .
Adjusting the gamma off the pre set (up ) improved detail dramatically on my Sony as it turns out a reviewers (not Cnet ) measured calibration ended up with the same gamma setting I found after some trial and error .
I liked that Genre Code chart you posted
above that's very interesting I will have to read up on that and maybe learn something .
I would imagine Sony probably has their own algorithms and ignores that in most modes I could be wrong
maybe that's what Auto mode is doing though ? I never use it occasionally I will watch sports in a tweaked Game mode
mostly because it's a little brighter and turns off all the other crap like cinema mode does for you . YMMV.