Originally Posted by Pagoona
I tried clicq's calibrations for firmware 1000-102.2 and it looked incredible. The only difference I had to make was to turn energy saving off, because it looked a little too dim in my room. Then I realized my firmware was 1008.0, so I tried his calibration 1006.1 (I've read that there are no discernable differences between 1006-1008) and it didn't look nearly as good. Has anybody else experienced the same results as me?
I am NOT a calibrator or an expert on anything, BUT...
I have been reading the comments that one calibration setting that is great on one set will look different on another. I can say with personal experience that this is true. On my 46 incher, I used all the calibration settings on this forum, only to find none of them really quite fit the bill FOR MY SET, especially with color accuracy and white balance.
However, as a layperson, I was able to tweak out some beautiful settings of my own with minimal equipment, and I encourage any frustrated person out there to use the best tool you have. Your own eyes. Starting with Black Adjust at Low and Gamma -2 (borrowed from someone else's settings and really helped my blacks and popping), I set color space to auto or native, depending on which looked accurate to me (auto for broadcast TV and native for DVD). Used THX calibration from Star Wars DVD for color, tint, brightness, contrast. Then I adjusted white balance based on what I saw - found a channel or DVD program playing a bright, outdoor daylight scene and adjusted RGB offset to get any discoloring out of black (25's made mine look slightly green) and RGB gains to make white look white (made small adjustments, nothing major here). 1008.1 Firmware. Came out with a very satisfying result! Keep the backlight between 3 and 6, try to not go higher. For me, this turned out far better than someone else's settings and only took about 20-30 minutes of my time. Lighting in scenes looks natural now and colors stand out nicely. Be warned, however, that on TV broadcasts, some channels (FOX, NBC) look great while local channels sometimes look greenish or not quite right - well, it's what they are broadcasting, not my TV.
This is, of course, not to downplay professional calibration. I greatly respect someone's ability to do what I could never do. I just can't afford that. So, for someone who is not a pro and just isn't happy with other people's settings, go make your own anyway, IMHO. You will feel better about it, I hope.
I won't post my numbers. They won't look good on your TV. My white balance adjustments were small, though. TV is a "C" panel (if you still think that makes a difference) and manufactured in late January 2009.
Super happy with Samsung.