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What would be a good calibration disk to get .. they are plenty on amazon with good and bad reviews, not able to decide.

I own a TC-P60U50/54 60 inch , bought it from sams.

Right now i am watching regular tv n movies in custom mode. Haven't touched any settings.

Please advice.


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for beginners, check out Disney WOW or DVE HD Basics (DVE may be hard to find, they changed distributor and new runs are in the works).

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I have a bunch of various discs, but the ISF guy who did my calibration used the Spears&Muncil disc, which I don't have, but it looked very well done. I have the DVE disc (and all its predecessors back to A Video Standard on LD).

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What would be a good calibration disk to get .. they are plenty on amazon with good and bad reviews, not able to decide.
I own a TC-P60U50/54 60 inch , bought it from sams.
Right now i am watching regular tv n movies in custom mode. Haven't touched any settings.
Please advice.
Thanks.

Just download AVS HD 709 and burn it to a disc. Works great.

Adjusting settings according to personal preference is not calibration.
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I'm not sure what you could hope to accomplish that couldn't be done with free materials, like the aforementioned AVS HD 709. If you don't own a colorimeter, then there is very little that you can do to accurately calibrate a TV, and the U50 has very little in the way of adjustment anyway. Without a meter, about all you'll really be able to do on a U50 is set basic stuff like brightness and sharpness (which are really not that difficult to set even without a calibration disc). With a meter, you would also be able to enter the service menu and adjust the color balance controls. You can set color/tint just by eyeballing the TV -- if you aren't taking any measurements, then I don't see how a calibration disc would be helpful with grayscale or color.

If you want the best image quality on your U50, then follow the advice of others (by putting it in cinema mode with contrast at 100, color temp at warm 2, sharpness at 0, etc.). Use something free like AVS HD 709 to set the brightness, which probably needs to be at about 56. Color probably needs to be set below 50, and you can just eyeball the TV to set that -- put color wherever skin tones look the most realistic, unless other colors then appear noticeably undersaturated, in which case you may want to settle for skin tones appearing a little oversaturated. And if you want more accurate color beyond that, then buy a colorimeter and use it to adjust grayscale and check color/tint.

In my own calibrations, I use my own images created in Photoshop to adjust color on TVs with a CMS, and I use AVS HD 709 for everything else (grayscale, etc). I've owned retail calibration discs in the past, but I really don't find them useful anymore.
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The Cinema Mode is probably your best bet in terms of picture accuracy. That said, the advantage of using a calibration disc, especially with entry level TV's, which lack gamma and advance color controls, is that they provide you with test patterns and support which help you to fine tune the controls you have, both quicker and more accurately. The Disney Wow, Digital Video Essentials, and Spears and Muncils calibration BD's are the most popular. They aren't very expensive, and are often recommended by Home Theater specialists like ISF certified Scott Wilkinson of HT.com, who has recently joined the staff of Secrets Of Home Theater and High Fidelity.


http://www.hometheater.com/content/display-setup-newbies


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Thank you all. I will follow your advice.
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Guys,
Thank you so much, I downloaded the AvcHD. It made a huge difference. I will listen to the video tutorial and re-calibrat my tv. I went on to the spears and munsil website and there advice is to calibrate , when the tv is watched most. Like if you are in the habit of watching movies in the night, got to take into account the light conditions as well.
Is there a way i can download the spears and munsil calibration? I checked on amazon and it is not available.


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Keep in mind that you are not actually calibrating your tv with just a disk alone. Calibration requires the use of meters and special software. That being said, you can still make noticeable improvements to pq with Accurate Picture Adjustments using any number of "calibration" disks. As far as viewing at night, I'd suggest using some sort of bias light behind the tv. It can make a big difference in how the eye sees the tv at night. With an accurately adjusted or calibrated tv, in conjunction with the use of a bias light for night time viewing, the pq can be phenomenal even on mid-level sets. As a side note, I'd stick to one calibration disk because they are all slightly different even though they try to achieve rec.709 standards. Make sure your blu-ray player is not performing any video processing and all of your tv's "enhancements" are disabled.
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I like disney wow, have few quite useful options and rather versatile br. For basic calibration is rather nice.
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Thank you, Otto Pylot.
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