Originally Posted by usr5000
I tried these last night and they are the best I have seen so far.....
Thanks to all the people who tried my settings and were kind enough to respond. I've been a videophile/hobbyist/enthusiast for about 30 Yrs. since I bought my first 4 head RCA VCR, a $700 enhancer, and a 19" RCA monitor with composite inputs!!!
During that time I formed a lot of opinions based on my own experience, reading a couple of thousand magazines, and spending far too much time on the Internet Googling for the latest and greatest.
Too me, the most critical thing when setting up a TV is to have overall brightness at a comfortable level, set contrast, brightness, and gamma so that you get an even gradation across the board and avoid black and white crush. Equally important is to have the color set so that you don't have obvious color tinging the display. I find most sets are adequate there. I'm still a bit dubious about having the color track absolutely true across the board. So long as nothing is seriously wrong - like fluorescent greens E.g. and grays look gray then I really don't see much visual improvement or enjoyment by getting it much closer with color sensors and 10 stage CMS, or whatever.
The sad truth is that most of us watch mostly cable programming and the consistency there is atrocious so what's the point?
I do have to chuckle whenever I read a review and the reviewer gives his preliminary impression of the picture. More often than not, it is quite favorable. It's not until equipment is hooked up and the set is tested that, oh my, this set has a decided Red push and the temp is way off at 6800K.
My favorite tester/reviewer of all time is the late great Julian Hirsch of Stereo Review (now Sound&Vision). He used to piss of all the golden ears and ultra-reviewers of his time with his views. They would typically oooh and ahhh over the latest high-end amp and super deluxe speaker cables and lots of other equipment.
Mr. Hirsch said, "Fine - let's test it but a double blind test!"
Over 10 Yrs. of reading him, I don't recall him ever being wrong. He actually proved that a 10W/channel amp sounded identical to a 300W monster provided neither was over-driven, they were equalized the same and volume was the same level (and, of course, the same speakers and content).
So, here's my point. I want the next 'Julian Hirsch' to set up the same 2 TV's. One by eye by someone who understands well, how to set up a TV and the other one as an ISF calibrated set.
Then, have a number of people come in to a room and watch one set only. Leave the room and 5 minutes later go into another room and watch the same content on another set. Then form their comments. I think the outcome would surprise many people.
The reason for the 5 minute delay is that I found that if I watch a monitor with a reddish push then I immediately look at a neutrally colored monitor, it will look like it has a GREENISH cast. I know this because I have twin 24" Dell monitors in my office and have tried this. The converse is also true. Set up one monitor with a decided Green push. Look at it for a minute or so and then look back at the neutral one - Now you would swear everything is pinkish!
Our eyes are just like our ears - they adapt fairly quickly to what they are looking at.
Sorry for the length of my rant but like I said, I've been passionate about this stuff for many many years.