Originally Posted by rrussell50
thanks for the reply, i guess overall I am looking for education on these devices.
I am looking for accuracy of color. My set currently has CMS and I have calibrated it along with a 10point greyscale. I was looking to take this a step further. After I get the best most accurate picture I want to focus on the scaling.
Did that help or did I just dig my hole deeper?
Does the enthusiast level provide graphs? How far off was yours to begin with? Are you below a delta of 3 after calibration?
I don't think it's a great time to be buying a scaler--at least from a future-proofing standpoint. The industry is moving toward 4K, but HDMI 2.0 is just trickling out, and HDCP 2.2 seems to be a bit of a mess ATM.
If you're looking for something to tide you over, a DVDO iScan Duo is the cheapest scaler I know of that includes a CMS that can be automated (you could upgrade your existing Calman software to support automation I believe). It's not nearly as fancy as what the new Lumagen models or an eeColor can achieve, but unless your TV is horrendous I would think that coupled with the CMS in your TV should be able to get you to a level of accuracy you'd be happy with.
For scaling movie or tv content (SD to HD) DVDO units can exhibit ringing, while the Lumagen units don't. On 720p and above this doesn't seem to be as much an issue.
For classic gaming (8 and 16-bit systems) DVDO supports 240p better than Lumagen, but the ringing is objectionable to many without the use of something to re-introduce scanlines. The Lumagen looks very soft by comparison.
Of course this is only one person's opinion. Hopefully others will chime in. This forum is pretty dead unless you're interested in the Darbee or incremental Lumagen updates (at least they update!
If I had the money or the time I'd probably invest in an eeColor, but that's because I just gravitate to solutions that are obtuse and convoluted. I'm also old-fashioned in the thought that devices dedicated to one particular task are better at it than a general handy-man approach.
When you've exhausted the CMS and scaling fields of interest you may move on to noise reduction. When you do I might have an Algolith Flea available.
Powerful bit of kit, but I no longer really watch SD or overly-compressed sources...