Originally Posted by JForge
The luminance has really dropped after cal . . . and to me . . it's a bit too dark for my liking! In fact, I think your original settings or Dave_O's were better.
I'm not at all surprised to hear that, as you'll see.
Just a few observations after viewing in Custom mode last night. All just my opinion according to my preferences and eyes.
Brightness/Color – Vivid users will not like the Custom setting after a calibration. I don’t know if a calibrator would adjust your TV in Vivid mode or not, that is something you would have to ask them. If they would and you are firm on always using Vivid mode, then I would recommend it based on how out of whack mine was and the differences I see. Brightness is toned way down. Brightness was the first thing that jumped out at me when I purchased mine. Loved it. Still do. But how ‘real’ or ‘lifelike’ is it?
Chad calibrated my ’03 plasma 7 years ago. So when I received my GT30 in early February and saw the brightness, there was there was no comparison between the two. I assumed my ’03 had aged and new technology had made advances that these things popped. The colors and brightness on my old set looked dull, washed out, and subdued. Well, most of that is true, but after my calibration yesterday my old set isn’t looking so ‘old’ anymore. Not that my new plasma isn’t better, just that a calibration can tone down those bright colors; they become more ‘real.’ But it is an adjustment. And you can always tweak to suit your preferences so you aren’t locked into anything. I’m not making any adjustments this soon, if I do at all.
Because some do like Vivid, while I was channel surfing last night, I kept switching back and forth between that and Custom to get a comparison. You will not get the bleached white in Custom that you do in Vivid. It isn’t going to happen. The basketball court on TNT, from the paint to the hardwood floors, looked so much better in Custom. Vivid was pushing red on the hardwood and the yellow was way too intense. In Vivid, Dancing With the Stars looked like the colors were on steroids. I think that is my biggest complaint about Vivid, regardless of my adjustments. Custom really knocked those colors down to where they looked real. The Today Show looked awesome OTA this morning. Everything about it looked great.
Flash tones across the board are so much better. So much so, it’s much easier to see the flaws that were covered up by the ‘caked on makeup’ look. ESPN is one of the worst offenders. Simply put, flesh tones look natural.
Calibration isn’t for everyone and I understand money plays a part in that decision. But I would recommend getting your plasma in ‘line’ so that everything is more real looking, regardless of the mode you are using. I really liked the bright look when I bought my GT and still do, and this is going to take getting used to, but the longer you stay locked into a mode and don’t switch back and forth you really get a feel for the more balanced and ‘lifelike’ color after a calibration. Honestly, the flesh tones alone make it worth the money. Anyway, I just wanted to share some thoughts on my first night.
Enjoy your plasma in whatever mode you wish. Just enjoy it.