Originally Posted by chucklee
I went back and made the adjustments that Z-Mad had made from his original settings (which I had saved on an un-used HDMI input), and - while the washed-out greens I had observed with his original settings are better - I still find the colors to be dull, as compared to not only my settings, but the appearance of my old Mits RPTV. Fleshtones are dull - everyone looks as though they have been dead for about 12 hours.
There may very well be differences in either software or hardware on my Sharp that are causing this variance.
As for personal preferences coloring my perception, I have never run my sets in "torch-mode"... I have always prefered a natural and realistic appearance (or, as realistic as the source material will allow). The only difference in how I have set this unit up compared to my Mits RPTV is that I have opted for a Medium Color Temperature setting, as opposed to the Low setting I ran with the Mits. Either way, I have balanced out the colors with a calibration Blu-Ray - although whites may not be 100% ISF, as I will admit to preferring a slightly cooler white on the flat panel.
My earlier warning was just because of the YMMV effect; of course everyone is free to try whatever settings they choose, but the only way I have been able to get mine close to reproducing accurate images is by using a calibration disc. The cost is incredibly cheap compared to the expense of these displays, and well worth the money and time.
Hey chucklee, certainly any enthusiast is rather a fan of natural and realistic colors and picture in general, and tries to get to the most accurate tones, good contrast and black levels, etc. I would have been surprised if your preferences were any different, so we are certainly in agreement on what generally makes up a good picture, even if with some small differences in personal preferences. It is just a little odd that your description of how those settings turned out on your set was/is so far from anything I have seen on mine (and a couple of other people on their sets too), hence the "torch settings" comment. Maybe there really is a significant enough variance between the sets that may be causing so drastically different results, although it does surprise me a bit. I would really gladly try out your settings too, just for comparison and to see how much difference the panels can have (of course if you don't mind sharing them or sending them in a private message, as I asked Eric290 too).
As I described in my initial posting, although I didn't use a WOW disc, I did use Calman calibration patterns and the calibrated Panasonic VT50 as the reference TV (which is known as the ultimate picture quality TV on the market today and the reference TV of all pro calibrators). So when I say my settings look great at least on my set, believe me they are getting darn close to the top picture quality on the market today.
So yes, anyone is free to try them out and see if they work for them or get them on the right path at least, so they can tweak the settings to their "perfection" or to compensate for any panel variance, with or without additional tools like the WOW disc, etc.