Originally Posted by R Harkness
As I mentioned, I hadn't been able to watch much content since I had umr calibrate the projector. I'm finally getting some more quality time with my RS55. And I'm happy!
Last night after my wife had a movie-night with her friends at our place, I threw on the Taxi Driver Blu-Ray to check it out (which I've watched a number of times on my previous RS20 projector). I left the settings/gamma as umr calibrated them. I found myself being blown away, both by the effects of the calibration and by the prowess of the projector itself. In terms of calibration, I could not get over both how cinematic it appeared, and also how accurate skin tones looked - and there are so many skin tones in various lighting throughout that movie. In shots with several people, the variation in skin tones is so obvious from person to person, yet all realistic. Cybil Shepherd looked so natural...as if I needed anything more to increase my crush on her in that film! Generally, the increase in visibility of detail (shadow detail/shading) and the realistic yet richly saturated color, combined with the contrast, solidity and clarity of the RS55, was a revelation on this disc. It's the combination of all these things that puts so much varied and realistic visual information into every frame. It looked so freaking good I couldn't believe it, how beautifully shaded all the night photography was, how much detail was preserve, how much color and image detail there was, and the way the bright city lights cut through the dark areas with such aliveness. Absolutely killer. I ended up watching the whole thing because I couldn't tear my eyes away.
I also put on the black and white film Night Of The Hunter, a great criterion Blu-Ray restoration, and was captivated by the detail and depth and the correctness of the look of black and white.
Next up I threw on the Alien Blu-Ray and, again...jawdropping. There was a sensation of seeing layers of detail, shading, and color that had gone missing on previous viewings - an absolute cinematic smorgasbord. I just kept pinching myself at being able to view my favorite films at this level of picture quality. Again...I watched almost the whole thing. Same with the Stevie Wonder concert Blu-Ray, which was astoundingly clear and colorful.
It's still the case I can get a deeper looking black level and a higher sense of contrast by upping the gamma a bit (though apparently losing some calibration accuracy while doing so). But I can also appreciate the precision brought to the table by the 2.2 gamma as calibrated by umr. And of course a 2.2 gamma tends to be brighter looking than a higher gamma as well. I found I could blow up Alien quite large on my Stewart 1.3 gain screen while still keeping the lens aperture at -11, and it looked bright and vivid.
Ever since getting the RS55 I have felt I wasn't going to truly know how happy I was with it until it was well calibrated. Now I have the impression that is pretty much true - now it has that cinematic quality (vs video-like) that I was looking for, but also has the "wow" factor mixed in from the E-shift and high contrast. (As to motion issues I've mentioned, I was a bit aware of them while watching some of Midnight In Paris with my wife and her friends, but afterward it was mostly a non-issue on all the other content I watched. I get this sense my eyes have been latching on to the sample-and-hold effect and that after a while my brain adjusts and starts to forget it...or something).
When I think of watching Jaws in Blu-Ray (to be released this year) or, no doubt, Ridley Scott's Prometheus...the anticipation kills me. I still can't believe we consumers can have this in our homes!