Originally Posted by TopperMcFly
I hear what you are saying. But I can point to several posts where people feel that their picture looked very dull and drap
after a pro Cal and felt like they wasted their money.
I've been collecting calibration reports for years now and that hasn't been my experience. The only reports I've ever excluded were reports where the calibrator wasn't named or where the calibrator didn't have a user name here at AVS. The purpose of the calibration lists that I've maintained has been to help people answer for themselves their questions about the worth of having a calibration done. I've never excluded a report because of the "looked very dull and crap" factor. If you read all those reports listed
you won't find any like your describe unless the BB boys were involved or someone even more anonymous.
I don't have the time to read all the display threads at AVS so it's possible that I've missed some reports, but I don't think it would be a sample much different those I did find.
The fact is that there are a ton of people that do not like a calibrated look.
I'm not sure what a "ton of people" would be, but I think I pointed that out already.
They like pop and somewhat over saturated colors. This does not make one person right or wrong. It just means different strokes for different folks.
I am not the only person that feels this way or felt like cinema mode on most sets look like dirt was thrown on the screen.
I would never debate anyone on these points.
I always use D-Nice settings but I always end up jacking up a couple settings because I prefer pop to accuracy. I will never turn someone away from a pro Cal but I will always warn them on what the expect.
A good professional calibrator is going to be just as careful to be sure that any prospective client understands what they will get from a calibration. Do you follow D-Nice's instructions exactly before you make your personal settings adjustments? That's all D-Nice asks people to do. Start with his base line, take a look at the results, and tweak to your own satisfaction.
I will be the first person to admit that my contrast numbers are high. That is why I stress that the contrast number is the one that may need to be dialed down for personal pref. I stand behind the rest of my numbers though in terms of what is pleasing to my eye and I think others will like them as well.
That last bit seems to be important to you. I'm sure that the best calibrators feel the same way about their work.