Quote:My underlying theory is that your expectations may not match what a good calibration is supposed to do. If your colors are now accurate, and we have no reason to believe that they aren't, then the difference will be large or small depending on the state your display was in before calibration. Accurate colors don't produce a WoW effect unless you were putting up with either green sickly skin tones, or in the other extreme orange sun burned skin tones before your calibration.
1) I'm not sure if my eye is "trained" yet but I'm only seeing a very small difference in color - but it's an improvement.
Quote:That sounds like a good calibration.
2) The Soap Opera Effect that is present on the "Custom" setting is gone, which I like.
Quote:Grayed out controls usually mean they don't apply to the mode your display is in.
Is this because the Motion Smoother is greyed out?
Quote:HD quality? Do you mean HDTV or Blu-ray. Blu-ray should always be better than HDTV, but even Blu-ray will vary in quality such that the bad Blu-ray disks may not be as good as the best HDTV. It's hard for someone who is not watching what you're watching to comment, but it could be that you're missing the excessive blue whites that the public has been trained to expect.
3) The biggest difference to me is that the HD quality seems "lessened" under his settings... I can't make out why this is - but the "custom" mode that Panasonic has (which I didn't touch at all) seems to be appear more detailed. Images "pop" more in this setting and look duller in his. Is this supposed to happen?
Quote:My guess is that, if David Abrams recommended your calibrator, your display is reproducing your source material as accurately as possible.
Maybe calibration wasn't for me - all I wanted was to optimize my purchase for sports, movies, etc etc.
Try watching the best quality Blu-ray movies and HDTV you can for three weeks or more without constantly comparing what you see to the "out of the box" settings in another mode. See how the two different states feel to you then.
To me it doesn't seem like it's done much.
Quote:Give yourself some time with your calibration with out constantly checking to see if you got your money's worth, and if your still not happy, call your calibrator and see if he can adjust your display more to your personal taste.
I continue to switch back and forth between his settings and the Panasonic "custom" settings and am still convinced the latter is better.
Quote:No one can answer that question for you, but unless your are able to watch your calibrated display for an extended period of time without worrying if you "did the right thing" you'll never know.
Did I do the right thing?
Keep in mind that you describe yourself and being new to "all this". For instance you haven't posted any information about the conditions in your viewing room when you do your most critical watching. You also don't provide any concrete examples of the exact material that doesn't seem as good after calibration.
PLEASE don't do that now. Give yourself a worry free long vacation to enjoy your calibrated display. At that point, if you still feel disappointed, do some well defined comparisons to post.
Best of luck, and remember to enjoy.
Edited by htwaits - 7/9/12 at 7:44pm