Originally Posted by mac336
I know nothing about calibration
Is this something I can do manually? I read that I need a disc
Is calibration just messing with the contrast, brightness, etc or is it some other more technical setting that I need to mess with?
any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm sure there are some threads on this already, but having trouble finding them
Hoping that this doesn't simply become part of the Background Noise over whether or not a Professional Calibration is worth the cost....
1) Age your panel fairly aggressively - slides or not - at least until you approach the end of your Return Period. Helps uncover any Infant Mortality Issues.
Our 60ST50 seemed to "settle in" by (around) the 400 hour mark - certainly, that is the usage hours by which Quick Onset IR no longed seemed a Significant Issue.
Black levels also improved over the first couple hundred hours, as did screen uniformity (lost its initial yellowish blob and a vertical "shadow").
2) BY ALL MEANS GET THE AVS HD709 DISK! Not only is it free - will cost you a blank DVD to burn a copy - but it includes several short videos on HDTV "calibration" that are well worth watching.
One of the commercial disks may also prove useful - Disney's WOW seems to get the best User Reviews; while DVE has the best filters (per memory) but has a reputation as being difficult to use; Spears & Munsil (? Spelling) seems to tread the middle ground.
Some DVDs / Blu-ray disks also come with Calibration Aids. These are rather simplistic, but still better than nothing - see whether you have any THX movies (or Sony blu-rays?) in your collection.
3) You can play with the disks while accumulating a few hundred hours on your tv - then, if you are not satisfied with the PQ, you can explore the option of paying for a professional calibration - with at least some confidence that the underlying characteristics of your panel are likely to remain fairly stable....
There is always a question - or Discussion / Debate / Argument.... - between a Pleasing Picture and an Accurate Picture. In an ideal world, these would both be the same - but, just as no two panels are Exactly the same, so also are no two "Sets of Eyes" exactly the same. And while there is certainly a point in favor of 'Training" oneself to "appreciate" an accurate picture, in the end it is YOUR panel and YOUR eyes.... Still, if you understand the concepts behind calibration, and what a "properly calibrated" picture SHOULD look like, you can at least better decide for your self whether or not you are willing to "re-train" your vision, if necessary.
Enjoy your panel!