Originally Posted by AV_Integrated
This is something else that people harp onto (which is fine)...
People talk about calibrating to specifications, getting everything exact, then anyone who disagrees with it looking better, must be incorrect.
Much like everything else, it is not an opinion of others which matters, it is the end user. The owner, the guy who has to live with it. Part of ISF training is the human factor which matters as much as the baseline which things are started from.
You calibrate to a specification, then you start talking to an end user about what they like. You accept what the customer says and you make adjustments based upon their preferences.
Some people get so hung up on 'perfection', they forget that every individual, including themselves, should bias what they are viewing and listening to in a manner which suits them personally.
Perfection isn't about calibration, it's about individuals. Spending money isn't the goal, using nifty gadgets to improve things isn't either, and it isn't calibration. It's about the end user and that person enjoying their system completely. Many people will find that joy far more by keeping the price and/or time of any calibration out of the setup.
Which is fine.
You have a particular perspective . From your perspective, as a businessman providing a service for which you charge a fee, the customer or end user is always right. Whatever it is that they want, that is what you will try to give them, within reason.
But that is just one perspective. There is also the perspective of someone who values fidelity to the original source material. Let's say that's me. So let's say someone else comes up to me and says: "You know what? Citizen Kane looks much better in color. Also, the original Star Wars is a much better movie since George Lucas digitally replaced Han Solo's laser with a water pistol and added all that other cool CGI stuff."
What would I say to that person? I would say: "You are wrong."
Because I want to see the original work as it was originally designed to be presented, with the same colors scheme, same soundtrack, etc etc. Because, again, I value fidelity to the original source material, as a work of art. Just like if I was going to see a Van Gogh painting at a museum, I would probably want to see his painting preserved in such a way that I could see it as he intended it to look, rather than having the museum "enhance" it with brighter colors or whatever.
It's a different set of values from someone who thinks everyone in every movie should have a glowing radioactive orange face because that means the image has more pop or whatever.
These are kind of silly examples that I'm throwing out there, but you get my point: the end user may be the final authority on what he or she "likes" but not on what is in fact, actually best.