Originally Posted by shibez
sweet lucid thank you very much taking time doing this "semi pro" calibration.
im excited to look over all the settings
I just want to get confirmation that for the brilliant modes these are negative numbers for the tint you were getting?
Yes, they are negative numbers for tint. That shocked me as well but once I viewed content with them it looked good. I also don't know why your fan kicked in higher when starting up when set to Brilliant since the lamp output is the same for all picture modes. So don't worry about bulb life, it will be the same regardless of the picture mode you select. Remember, the video processing is done before it hits the light engine.
I think Mitsubishi did the customers of the C10/638 series of sets a huge disservice by not providing a "Neutral" Color Temperature setting for each picture mode. Without the individual color adjustments it's not possible to accurately dial in this set. So you have to live with a "Low" (Warm) or "High" (Cool) Color Temperature setting. Ideally, I'd like a "Neutral" Color Temperature (not to be confused with the natural picture mode) - between Low (Warm - yellowish) and High (Cool - blueish), since I find myself changing between Brilliant Low and High depending on the content I'm viewing. If a Neutral Color Temperature was available then I wouldn't need to do that. Hopefully I can use my PC to calibrate things further to get the color temperature more neutral.
The C9 didn't have this issue since it had individual color adjustments and used the same video processor chip as the higher end models. Mitsubishi purposely crippled the lower end series of HDTVs by using a less quality video processor this year but didn't factor in that the set would need a neutral color temperature mode to make up for the lack of individual color adjustments. This is the first year that the C/38 series used a lower end video processor chip so they probably didn't have time to include that setting or didn't realize the impacts of crippling the lower end sets with no individual color adjustments.
Don't get me wrong, these are great sets for the money paid (if you get them heavily discounted/on sale). Anyone needing proof of that just needs to watch a 3D animated Blu-ray movie on these sets to be blown away. And even with a neutral color temperature we still wouldn't be able to accurately calibrate these sets like the higher end models but that additional mode would allow for more universal handling of the various kinds of content.
I'm not going to use this as my primary HDTV for the long haul, just for about 3 years. At that time I'll probably move it into the bedroom where one doesn't need to be that critical about their HDTV. But if the price difference wasn't so much (over 90% more for the 738 series and over more 150% for the 838 series) then I would get one of the higher end models. I just couldn't see making an investment in the higher end sets considering that full frame DLP chips (to allow for full HD resolution 3D) are just around the corner. Also, the full frame DLP chips will add more picture clarity and higher resolution (if wobbulation is still used). Also 3D will get better over the next few years so there's no reason to invest a lot in a HDTV for that feature at this point in time.
Either way, the picture quality is more than acceptable for most people. I'm just super critical when it comes to video (same for audio). But even with that said, I can easily live with this set considering the price paid. And that's saying a lot since I could easily afford the higher end models.