So yesterday GS came by to do a free cal. Yes, we all know the quality of GS cals, but it was free
so I decided to give it a shot. Let's not start a flame war for trying GS. Please contain any flaming to the quality of the cal
There was always a chance I could get a good apple (but I don't think I did)
Prior to even fully setting the appointment, I asked some questions about him, namely equipment, experience, whether he'd ever done an Elite, and whether he'd be using the ISF day/night modes. Only the answer to the last question should have scared me - "If the TV is has that option then yes." He should have known that this TV has that option.
When he arrived (early due to a cancellation), I again asked about ISF day/night. He had to look up instructions on how to even activate the ISF modes (not a good sign). On the plus side, I now have the instructions on how to access the ISF modes
As soon as he got in, he immediately "complained" that there were less settings available than on the standard mode and this probably wasn't a good idea (another sign). However, he said that since that was what I wanted, that's what he'd do. So he went on his way and started the calibration, but immediately said that the controls on the TV were having no effect. I quickly realized that he had no idea how to use the 10 point control (he was confused by that name). So, he was trying to calibrate the 100% position while still on position 1 of the 10 point. Once I showed him how it worked, he continued
Next roadblock was his inability to level out the colors for the greyscale. I watched as he played with the blue level. He pushed it all the way down (-50 I think) and the blue was still showing way too high. He was clearly getting flustered. He eventually got it to a point where he was "content", but not happy. He may have had to push the other colors up so that they were at least level. He then went on to ISF night and went thru the same pains. Throw in some accidental losses of settings by apparently not hitting the "Complete" menu item and the appointment was really starting to stretch on.
At this point we finally put in some real source material and it looked HORRIBLE. Even he admitted it. Every face looked like they were suffering from the worst case of rosacea you've ever seen (significant red push). He was befuddled since his readings were relatively good. At this point, he decided to use the regular modes where he felt he had more control
He also just copied values between the two HDMI inputs I use instead of separate cals since "they should be the same (sign number...oh I've lost count)
So he used moive and standard (I told him to leave Movie THX alone since that is where I have Newbie's settings stored - It's also the "pre-calibration" numbers in the reports below). He claimed (and I admit I don't know if this is true) that all the settings are essentially the same and are just names for the factory defaults that are shipped.
So he proceeded to calibrate though two inputs - standard for daytime viewing and movie for night time viewing. He seemed to have a slightly easier time with the standard controls (i.e. non-ISF), but still had difficulty. When he was done, real source material was put in and faces did look like faces again. The colors do seem to have good pop, and when switching back to Movie THX, it now seems "muted" for lack of a better term. However, looking at the graphs, it seems that it is a much worse cal, so I'm confused. Maybe the experts can explain.
All in all, he spent over 4 hours here, which was surprising, but also annoying since it essentially killed my entire Saturday.
I'm attaching the cal reports (with personal info omitted). They are named appropriately (ISF Day, ISF Night, and Complete which is the non-ISF mode cal). There is also a spreadsheet with the values he set in the ISF day mode which seem totally out of whack - multiple setting pegged at or near the max scale.
My gut tells me his equipment was all messed up. The graphs that should equate to horrible picture (the regular cal) seem to actually have the best picture, and the ISF graphs, which look reasonable to me (although I am new at this) show s HUGE red push in actual source material.
Complete Report ISF DAY.pdf 251k .pdf file
Complete Report ISF NIGHT.pdf 251k .pdf file
Complete Report.pdf 252k .pdf file
Settings.xlsx 16k .xlsx file