Originally Posted by EDH63
I did order that calibration disk, just haven't used it yet. However, I had my Plasma calibrated already when I purchased it (about 2 years old now). I've always had my plasmas pro calibrated because it makes for a much more realistic reproduction of color.
So, If I never calibrate the OPPO with the Spears & Munsil disk, It still looks fantastic. I'm not having any color issues or crushing of any kind. All OPPO settings in the "Picture" catagory are at their default settings "0". I've watched a couple of movies already, Blus, and they look fantastic. By calibrating the OPPO would mean then I would have to recalibrate the whole Plasma... yes? I spent $350.00 calibrating the Plasma, so I'm not real keen on recalibrating and throwing that money out the window. It seems that what I have right now looks good, with the calibration I have, so if I don't go into the OPPO and make a bunch of color, contrast and brightness adjustments, I'm guessing I should be ok. I just hate to think that I need to recalibrate because I buy a Blu ray player. Doesn't mean I won't.
What do you think?
Using the default Picture Adjustment (0) values in the OPPO will result in "reference" signals on the HDMI output. USUALLY this means that if your display has been properly calibrated you can just plug in the OPPO and not have to change anything.
There are several reasons why this might not be the case.
First, displays typically record settings separately for each input. If you plug the OPPO into a new input, you might not have the display set properly on that input to use its calibrated settings. Indeed your calibrator may not even have checked that unused input.
Second, displays often have quirks (let's be frank and call them bugs) which mean they don't handle all the possible input formats equally well. Your calibrator may have checked for this and arranged that all your source devices are sending video in a format your display handles well. But of course now with your new OPPO the calibrator is not there to check. So you need to figure out which combination of Color Space and Deep Color data format choices in the OPPO work best. An example of this is the consensus opinion here at AVS that Pioneer Kuro displays work better when fed RGB Video Level data format. Another example is certain Samsung displays which screw up Black levels if fed 1080p/24 video.
Third, calibration is the art of compromise. Sometimes the calibrator has to make choices as to what emphasis to put on different portions of the setup because it can't ALL be made perfect. Sometimes this is due to strange stuff coming from your current source devices. If the calibrator deliberately misadjusted an input to compensate for the incorrect video being put out by one of your older sources, and if you now use that input with the OPPO, then the result will no longer be good. You could of course change the settings in the OPPO to try to duplicate the incorrect video put out by your older source device, but really the correct answer is to change the displays settings for that input to now work with a new source, the OPPO, that is putting out correct video.
All of these, and in particular the first one, are things you can check for yourself if you get familiar with a good calibration disc like Spears & Munsil. If you DO find a problem, the first thing to look for is a basic setting mistake in your Display's setup for that input, and failing that, try to fix the video by using the level settings in the Display. Again, with its default settings, the OPPO is putting out correct video. Then experiment with the combinations of Color Space and Deep Color in the OPPO (e.g., that "Ratatouile" test) to see what works best with your Display.
If you find a problem, and have trouble finding the fix, then yes it would probably be wise to get your calibrator back in.