Originally Posted by Aetherhole
Gamelover, it's also my understanding that a good calibrator will ask the user's preference and set the television settings accordingly to their taste, the gamma and brightness level are great examples of this. Depending on the person, they may set the brightness down a notch or up a notch and the gamma is the same, somewhere between 2.22 and 2.5 depending on the person again.
G.M. we do understand each other
I am very interested to hear someone chime in who has tested the settings back and forth with a set that hasn't gone through the 'suggested' break-in process!
I'll share my approach so far.
I did not use the suggested break-in. Nothing against it,from reading posts it actually seems like quite a useful process for those with the patience to implement it, I just simply didn't want to go thru it and felt confident the PQ would be quite enjoyable for me given a basic level of care.
I exercised some effort to use mostly full screen content early on and do so in general. I also use the set's built-in screen save / anti-IR feature which is recommended for "time to time
" use in the Kuro manual.
I used D-Nice reference settings as initially published (post break-in) and feel it produced an excellent picture with 1 shortcoming, skin tones were too red ON MY SET
. More accurately there was too much red but it's most easily seen in light colored skin tones. I'm aware that calibrating by eye cannot match the level of precision done with calibration equipment however my approach is if something looks bad and I can fix it for my eyes, I fix it. Equipment can come into play later.
I researched use of the Basic Picture Settings such as we have on the Non-Elite before starting on my DIY adjustments:My Calibration Plan
*hopefully in order of increasing accuracy
This is where I am now on the Kuro. I have a pro calibrated television in the same room so that is my 1st reference point and I also feel a couple of my HD CRT's in the house have beautiful natural looking color so I also double check against those.
The only change I've made to D-Nice reference settings on MY set is to add a G5 Tint adjustment. I understand this may not be reccomended by some but frankly it looks great on Kuro, yielding beautiful skin tones. I'll verify it better later using the Blue Filters adjustments in step 2.
2) DIY Calibration Disks.
Next up when I get time. I have now 3 of these, haven't got around to using them yet. I have DVE HD on Blu-ray, unopened, I have the Monster Calibration Disk (this is simplest and good for fun but has no filters and won't go that far) and I have the free downloadable calibration disk from here at AVS. May work with this later if I decide to buy equipment.
3) D-Nice Non-Elite calibration guide with ControlCal.
- If "Mr. Kuro
comes thru with some good procedures I'll definitely give those a whirl if for no other reason than to assure myself of dialing in the best grayscale.
4) Paid Pro Calibration.
- If enough info get's out so that some pro calibrators feel they can do a good job with thier calibration equipment, this would be an option. In the meantime the nice thing about the Non-elite IMO is that I don't feel this is required, although it would be a nice option.
Right now I'll be happy to keep that several hundred dollars in a safe place while enjoying the great PQ on the Kuro non-elite.