Speaking of this PJ and dialing it in. That was the easiest calibration ever lol. With a few minor adjustments to the Gains/Drives, the greyscale was basically perfect. Didin't even have to touch the Offsets/Cuts. Only blip is at 10IRE with a deltaE of 2. Every other point is well below 1 with an average deltaE of .84.
I've never done a projector profile before, but the hardest part was actually aiming the meter at the center and positioning the tripod. I have an expensive THX Panasonic plasma, and have done some of my friends sets as well, and their "reference" THX modes could never track this well, though they came close. Even still, it required many hours of adjustments to get them to do so. To think that a budget Projector is this close to dialed in out of the box, is crazy to me. Art at PJ reviews was right. You could just increase the Red Gain a bit and be close to perfection. Calibration is always the best way to go, but if there are any out there that don't have a meter and software already, it isn't an absolute must to go out and spend the money just to profile this PJ.
Meter was instrumental in one area. I'm so used to the Warm temp of a display being the closest to reference out of the box that I assumed that this display was no different. Turns out that Normal is closest to a linear greyscale OOTB.
Brings up one oddity with this PJ that I haven't encountered with any flat panel display. When you adjust the greyscle for a given color temp, the white balance adjustments become universal. By that I mean, if you change the white balance of Normal, then switch to Warm, the same Gains and Offset values will be there. I'm used to each color temp having their own Gains and Offsets values. The values are what determines them being cool or warm. I guess on a PJ the temp is a function of the lamp? Not a big deal as there is no reason to use any other color temp than the reference one. It just caught me by surprise is all as I have never seen that before. Tried resetting all the Picture Settings, but the white balance remained unaffected. Again, weird, but maybe it's old hat to the veteran PJ profilers.
I only did the greyscale though. Going to delve into the CMS tonight and then do another greyscale run. Not going to get much of an improvement I'd guess, but I just like to do cals lol. My OCD strikes every time.