Originally Posted by the3kgt2
I agree that every set is different. Even the exact same model manufactured on the same date might have color variations. That's the point of calibrating your set...no two sets are the exact same. I'm surprised, however, that there is so much variation between my set and Z-Mad's set, to the point that it's painful to the eye when trying each other's settings. I would believe that large TV manufactures have to resort to using some slightly different internals to keep up with manufacturing demand, which can cause variations.
Keep in mind that I am new to calibrating and as Z-Mad mentioned, Disney's WOW is a great tool but isn't professional equipment. It will get you pretty darn close though.
*Edit: Also be aware that the source can alter your calibration too. My video source is a custom Windows Media Center HTPC using Arcsoft TMT6 with an AMD video card with most driver color/video settings disabled. If your main video source is a standard blu-ray player or DVR box then your colors may appear different because it's a different video source. You should calibrate your TV using whatever video source you use the most.
You know, I had a similar experience of being surprised by how much different the same settings can translate between sets. Chucklee and I had a discussion on that once too. But after a while I came to realize that that's just how it is, and there are sometimes indeed quite large differences between sets. The main difference that seems to have revealed itself within this forum is indeed in the color luminance. There are builds out there with strong luminance that needs to be taken down a bit to get to the natural look of the colors, while this doen't seem to be necessary on some other sets where the result could look washed out.The difference between your and my set just confirms that. You need more luminance particularly on green and yellow (my other settings seem to have worked fine on your set), whereas that translates to completely overpowering green and yellow brightness on my set to the point that detail is lost and they bleed into each other with fluorescence.
Anyway, that's why I always welcome people to indeed tweak to their liking or as needed on their particular set (as you have done), unless the settings happen to translate that good that they don't need tweaking.
Btw, just FYI on how I arrived at my settings since you just joined: I also use a direct input over a media center with AMD card for generating the Calman calibration patterns. The Calman calibration pattern generator creates 10 point gray-scale patterns, and color scales allowing to check every color in 10% increments (from 10% green to 100% green, etc.) Then I use a verity of content to test the settings: still images, movies, sport channels, specifically chosen content to check if the nature shots indeed look natural (and the green grass looks as if I am watching it from outside my window and not shrill nor washed out), etc.So similar to what WOW disc does too. And on top of that, I compare it all to my pro calibrated Panasonic VT50, the reference TV of all pro calibrators with the best picture on the market today.