Originally Posted by sefmiller
I hav noted that a lot of blu-ray players come with there own picture modes (cinema, rgb, normal etc). Does the normal mode change the tv's display in any way? This would further confuse calibration.
Pretty much ignore all these other modes. They are all horrible and all do processing that has an effect on the image, but doesn't tell you what. For example, on many of them the Cinema mode reduces the luminance output across the whole output, almost as if it's trying to create the effect of an ISF Night setting when the display is in ISF Day mode. Of course, doing this just crushes dynamic range and gamma and leads to a washed out image. Vivid modes are even worse as they just bump up the luma and chroma levels, and you will find that the peak white value is now 200 or 205 instead of 235, so you've lost a ton of dynamic range again.
Even in normal mode some of the players aren't correct. Recently the Pioneer BDP-52FD came through and it did just fine in YCbCr modes (4:2:2 or 4:4:4). In RGB mode neither was correct. One mode compressed 0-255 content down to the 16-235 range, and one expanded 16-235 content out to the 0-255 range. Neither took 0-255 content and left it as 0-255, which is what it should do for a normal display, and to pass the benchmark.
Players have gotten better in the past year it seems, but there are still plenty out there that have issues (clipping BTB and WTW are issues). Since you can buy a player that passes the benchmark and has decent performance (The Panasonic BDT-210) for $130, and you get Avatar 3D included with that, there is no reason to have a player that fails these. If you need a universal player or want the best performance (better DVD scaling, a Source Direct mode, dual HDMI outputs, etc...) then go with the Oppo players. You can move your poorly performing player to a bedroom system or somewhere that it won't bother you as much.