Hey fellas. Sorry I'm late to the party on this one (maybe too late?).
Anyway, I just for my hands on a new HD66. It seemed to be the most respected/affordable 720p projector out there right now.
So after messing with the settings for a few hours. I have not been about to find decent calibration settings. In fact, I enjoyed the picture of my 480p Infocus IN72 projector much more (it came calibrated from the factory and did not need any settings changed from default in my opinion. That projector is no longer working now.
All the recommendations/reviews I've read online for the HD66 say to set the brightness low (like ~33) and the contrast up to ~67. And to turn the brilliantcolor feature off, etc.
And I agree that the HD66 looks washed out on default settings. (I'm only using the HDMI input).
After trying the recommendations the first thought was "Much better", but then I come to realize quickly that the blacks are way too black! So anyone wearing a dark suit or clothes will look like they're wearing black nothingness, and dark night time scenes are hard to watch at all. The bright scenes can hurt the eyes a little because the sun/colors can be too bright, etc. BTW I'm projecting on white wall in the dark and this has never been a problem for me.
The solution is to turn up the brightness in dark scenes, and/or turn down the contrast/brightness in bright/colorful scenes. Kind of like an "auto iris" feature, but this projector doesn't have that.
I honestly can't find a "happy medium" on the settings and the nature of the scene or even changing the channel often makes me want to adjust the brightness/contrast settings yet again. I've played around with it for hours. This was never a problem with the IN72.
I know there is a more detailed 'color' sub-menu but I have not gone into that yet. I'm honestly not that picky about tint and hue and slight color offsets. I'm just having major problems with the gross calibration of the HD66.
Now I'm wondering if the HD66 is just not the projector for me, or if I'm simply incapable of calibrating the most basic of settings on my own.
Has anyone else experienced this, or is it just me?