Ok, I've had a chance to do some more testng with the Avia disc and another DVD player. In a nutshell, this is what I posted last week:
Originally Posted by CCLAY
Avia disc thru an Oppo 970 player set to 720p thru an Audio Authority component video switcher to the RS2.
With Gamma at 'normal', which I believe is 2.2 and color temp 'middle', I ended up with the following:
Tint 0, tint was greyed out but fortunately wasn't an issue. The flashing bars for color and tint were completely gone with Color at -12.
With Gamma at 2.5, color temp 'middle':
Little need for adjustments vs. the factory 'normal'. Maybe a tick here or there but that's it. I found the blacks were very black but I lost a lot of detail in dark scenes.
With Gamma at Theater 1:
Close to the same, Contrast -6 but Brightness at -5
I'm finding myself going back to Theater 1. I found Gamma 2.5 to be too dark. I didn't play with any of those individual W, R, G, B curves though.
gregr made a comment on how those numbers seemed too low and he was right. It seems my AA switcher has an issue in the main component output that is causing these low numbers.
I borrowed a Toshiba A30 player and ran the disc first thru the AA unit, then direct to the RS2. Here's what I got:
Theater 1 for gamma.
Toshiba thru the AA switcher:
Contrast -6, same as the Oppo
Brightness -3, -4 on the Oppo
Color -2 versus the -12 on the Oppo. Strange.
Toshiba direct to the RS2:
Now that's more like it. That's where I left my settings at.
I didn't have time to run the Oppo direct to the RS2, but I have a feeling the contrast will come up and possibly the color as well. Contrast and color are very directly related I'm finding but it is strange that the Oppo is forcing me to be so low on the color.
I then put on some HD material and looked at 2.5 gamma. Much, much better now. A most amazing picture. Still just a touch too dark in shadow detail, but this is where I think gregr said you could bump up a bit in the offset adjustments on the low end.
My bottom line. No matter what my adjustments ended up being, the resulting image was still very, very good. The short of the long is that the RS2 is pretty fantastic out of the box in a lot of areas so I can't see anyone having to do a huge amount of calibrating or spending a lot of time trying to 'get it right'.
It's already right.