Originally Posted by PlasmaPZ80U
Originally Posted by bewlaybrothers
It's better to have an expensive meter or hire an expensive calibration, sure. But I might've agreed if you'd used the words "can be" instead of "is." Half an hour or so of said frustration in my case paid off nicely. My and others' sets have somewhat too much red at certain defaults and way too much blue, and the excess can be cut by a standardized visual like a greyscale. It's very dependable if you know what to look for.
how can you really be sure without measuring the end result with a good meter and then comparing the measurements to those taken with the default w/b settings?
It looks better than default. Much better. If you check my settings (linked in my signature) you'll see that they're nothing radical.
The point you made is valid, but my point is also valid, which is that one can plainly see what neutral gray is if you take the time to see what it ISN'T (although everyone sees colors differently, to be sure). This is easily achieved with the technique I described.
Now maybe I'm better prepared for this because I have a visual arts background, I dunno, but I think anyone with patience and some visual sensitivity can see what looks more and less neutral on the RGB wavelengths by pressing the sliders too far in one direction or another.
It's true what you say that it may not be mathematically correct and other settings may need to compensate, but I'm pretty confident my set looks better than it ever has. My impression of the picture when I put it back on Movie/Warm2 default is that there is too much red, and way too much blue in it. The difference in the whites isn't subtle at all, and all the colors are much more well balanced now. That's all I can really volunteer about it.
Metering is better, and for those who can afford it this is not a replacement, but it's standing me in damn good stead right now.