Note: Where I said "gain", I meant to say "drive".
So, I'm too lazy to read back everything I've missed in this thread...
But I'd just like to add some things from my previous posts from months ago.
Any minor image retention I gave my TV by torturing it is totally gone, I can't see it no matter what color slides I use... and it has been gone for a very long time. However when I watch station that has a high contrast logo up all the time for an extended period I often use the "zoom" setting to zoom in past it.
Also, I was using Anikun's service menu settings, but I started noticing things have been drifting back yellow/orange as now I have 1200 hours on the panel. Another thing is, I kept noticing blacks were looking magenta/red and not so black/grey with some sources. So, I spent the last couple of hours tuning the white balance by eye using my monitor as reference, and I'd be willing to gamble I have it quite close to ideal with a very low deltaE. I no longer see the reddish blacks anymore either. The monitor used as reference once upon a time calibrated with a colorimeter.
It's not perfect, but it's damned close and it looks great to me. If anyone cares I will list what my settings are.
I also ordered this: http://www.amazon.com/Xrite-EODIS3-i1Display-Pro/dp/B0055MBQOW
I think it should be interesting to see how close I was able to get it by eye once I have a chance to try out the colorimeter.
On custom with normal temp (using Anikun's original settings as a starting point):
The main things I did were dump Green gain from FF to EF, I also adjusted the cutoff slightly. I increased the blue gain/cut slightly, and reduced the red cut (but not the gain) by 3-5 notches. Skin tones look much better now and instead of yellowish/orange it's a bit pinkish at worst. Another interesting side effect is now that the All drive isn't at "FF", the "color" setting in the normal settings menu actually has a large impact. I had to turn it down a little because I could tell the colors were a bit overdriven/oversaturated once I made my white balance changes... and I seem to remember before I made these changes messing with the "Color" setting hardly did anything unless I moved it like 20 ticks... now I can tell a difference with ONE tick.
I'm sure I screwed something up since I don't have a meter yet, but still looks better by my own subjective measures. I think grassy scenes look slightly better if I switch back to Cinema with Warm2 which is still using Anikun's settings... but my by-eye calibrated Custom w/ Normal temp looks better for almost everything else.Edit:
Also, to the person saying they thought things were too yellowish/orangish... it isn't just you... and it isn't just your brain tricking you... This set really does tend to have a bias towards yellow/orange on warm2, especially in skin tones where it should be more pinkish than orange. I was able to clear this up by adjusting the white balance. Actually... at first I only dumped the green gain way down and the cut a bit... then adjusted the blue gain/cut up slightly (from Anikun's previously posted settings)... which made things pinkish... a little too pinkish... at which point I dropped the red CUT a few notches and it seems to be about the ideal level of pinkness for skin tones now.
I notice if I set it to "Warm 2" on custom which I didn't mess with, everything looks yellowish, but when I set to "normal" (the one I tweaked in the service menu) things look a little pinkish, which is how they should
look on warm2 imo. Warm should == a little bit red/pink... at least in my mind... not orange/yellow.
Hope I didn't ramble on too much and hope this post was coherent... I'm pretty tired right now.