Unfortunately, there are steps in calibration that the Avia disk doesn't tell you about. These are left out because they make the assumption that your display and source are talking correctly. If your TV isn't set like the source, you will end up making the conclusions that you've made, believing some subjective or default setting is the "best". Every display is different. Some don't even have menu options for those settings. This is why you hear them say on the cal disk , "IF
your display has a ...setting, do xyz".
I don't want to begin some flame war, but I think that most will agree that a proper calibration is really important to any device displaying images correctly, and that on a digital display, it's all but mandatory
Yes a display might look ok with everything set to defaults. Set properly though they look a LOT better. This isn't subjective, it's a fact.. When you see a display set up correctly, what you saw out of the box will no longer be acceptable. There are things that I can guarantee you cannot see with a "eyeball it in" settings. It is impossible for the display to put that detail on the screen. Physically impossible. It simply won't display all colors, period.
Iris and Gamma, yea they're subjective to some degree. They change so little that sure, most any setting will work ok. THOSE are the things you set subjectively from movie to movie. Not the contrast, brightness and color controls.
With improper settings, there are details which are not on the screen, period
. I'd just about defy you to set these with anything but a test image. This is not hard to figure out and it's an indisputable fact. Now, if you want to make the statement that "I like it wrong", then that's fine, it won't affect my display any. Just please keep in mind, there are settings on any display that have one and only one correct value, and others that you can use to please your eye. Do
the absolute ones first, and it'll make the image more pleasing.
If I set my display with a calibration image and I can see all the graduations properly, and you set yours and with that same image displayed, you cannot see all the graduations, you can pretty much assume that there are things that will be on my screen that won't be on yours.
Just fyi, imho, the Avia disk is about worthless...
Other than that, leave everything else at default (e.g white peaking to 0, no BC) and you are done. As K-Spaz mentioned, color space can be an issue (especially with an HTPC), but if you are using a BD player, you're best off leaving it at AUTO unless you see in that player's thread in the BD forum that it has color space issues (should be rare though)
While I agree with this, unfortunately for me, my Panasonic DVD/VCR combo does not work correctly in "Auto", via Composite or component, of which I have to use both.