Originally Posted by sarends
I am a new owner of a 51" F8500 and am thrilled with it! I do have an older 50" Samsung plasma that we also enjoy, although the F8500 is allot better!
I have done some basic setup optimization using settings of others here at AVSFORUMS, specifically Glenee and this has helped us enjoy the set even more. I want to obtain a professional calibration after our set is thoroughly broken in. I bought a Spears and Muncil disk (latest version) and I went into the basic menu where you set contrast, brightness, color, tint and sharpness. I think I adjusted the tint one notch - everything else stayed thesame. The advanced sections of the disk are numerous and I have no clue which (if any ) of these I should mess around with - any advice? Should I play around with the settings or at this point should I just wait for a professional calibration? I appreciate your thoughts.
I am so not the guy to give advice on the S&M disc, haha. I did the same thing basically. I bought it when I bought my meter, hoping that it would have the patterns needed to use with the meter, but as far as I can tell, it really doesn't. I think I spent about an hour just looking at the different patterns, to see what they were. but the first time I popped it in, I just looked at it, said wtf, and 5mins later I gave up, haha. most of that stuff is way over my head, and if there's an explanation for what each pattern shows, I haven't found it(didn't really look either)
I use the avs709 disc instead. it came with instructions, and I'm already familiar with it. technically you SHOULD get the exact same results regardless of what reference disc you use, if they are truly 'reference'. the only benefit I saw with the S&M disc is that it had a lot more material to compare displays with. the avs disc is great for making changes to your settings, but the S&M has patterns/video that's useful to assess the performance of the display.
I suppose you could use some of things to decide whether you want to turn some of the features on/off like the MJC, or cinemasmooth, etc. I wasn't able to really pick out much personally, other than noticing motion looked awesome at 1080/60i, and terrible in every other format...
so I guess I would say, if you've done the brightness, contrast, color, tint, and sharpness, I don't think there's a whole lot else you can do without a meter anyway. if you want to play with some of the features to see how you like the motion for different content(a lot of ppl have cinema smooth on for 24p content, I did not like the way this looked personally) then the S&M disc could help with that. otherwise, get some hours on it, and wait for the full calibration