So I am back from my day (thats right 12 hours with this thing **it was an entire system actually so not all of that time was on the TV) and I have to say...
This is the worst looking TV from the Factory I have ever seen!!! Now I am not saying that it's a bad TV, just when you get that thing setup with factory settings everyone looks BRIGHT orange and red, flesh tones are so unnatural it hurt!!! I felt really bad for the people that bought it cause they thought they got hosed.
On to my calibrations.
So first things first, The setup (or the important stuff actually) is the LN52D64U, a Samsung BD-1500, Connected HDMI directly between the two, an Eye One LT meter and AVCHD BluRay using basic patterns and the Color HCFR 100% color windows patterns.
So I went through the Basic patterns (setting brightness, contrast, and sharpness) and the patterns didn't look all that correct, but I did the best I could with them. Then went through adjusting the color values in the CMS.
My results on HCFR were really close and should be turning out good. So I put in a test piece and wow that orange and red and even yellow patches in the skin tone were horrible. And I couldn't figure out why. I got really worried after this, thought maybe it would be something in grey scale (service menu settings) that would be able to fix this. Also was also worried cause I spent a lot of my time trying to help these people out and things just weren't improving. so I took a break and started programming remotes.
And I stumbled upon it "AV MODE" the most important button on this remote, AND I cant believe they didn't build it into the menu so you could change the modes (it could possibly be there but I never saw it). Not to mention that menu really really should have a way to adjust values without having the whole screen covered in menu while trying to get a reading.
Anyway, If you are not using AV Mode: Movie, then don't even bother calibrating, no matter what you do it will not look natural!
So I went through the entire process again, and get this! The Brightness and contrast patterns looked proper, before I was seeing an outline of the "Grey bars" now I was seeing the entire bar of grey and it looked correct. Then I followed through with sharpness and the CMS. Here are my results.
(Note that any Input in AV Mode: Movie will have the same settings, and I was fine with the results on all other sources)
AV Mode: Movie
Color Temp: Low
Active Contrast: Off
Color HCFR REC 709 using Eye One.
Note the colors are not dead on each point but very very close in my readings (the best that the CMS would allow me, green just wouldn't budge). The results were very good when checking test pieces.
***And like all calibrators say, this may not look good on your setup, might throw things way off, unless someone comes over with a meter and checks the values you're just shooting in the dark.***
In the end the TV looks great and actually is much better then first impressions, but you HAVE TO use Movie mode. Or it will look TERRIBLE!!!