Originally Posted by xtremehometheatr
Considering CMS Color Calibration Alone
Did you have your Sony/Lumagen auto calibrated with the CMS? If so, how much of an improvement did it make in picture quality from the video calibration alone? Was it a big enough improvement just for the auto CMS?
The Sony has very good results (in Reference mode) out of the box (the best I've seen) and so the CMS changes, on my display at least, were very subtle. After a hundred hours on the bulb the differences were a little more (but again, not too much) and I think this is where the CMS becomes more important. With a new bulb you can almost get away with no CMS; once time is put into the bulb a CMS will be more useful in restoring the perfect calibration. Note that my room is a batcave and the screen is colour neutral - my room does not influence the image - other rooms may do so and may benefit more from a CMS. Anyway, I would always use the CMS because I always want to nail the reference.
Consider the value of Darbee Alone
I have seen Darbee and am sold on it. I have sold my Oppo BDP-103 to get the new Oppo BDP-103D with Darbee built in, but now I am thinking I would have been better off with the Lumagen.
The Darbee is a revelation. I use it on the Sony to add the "icing on the cake". The benefit of having it in the video processor is that all sources benefit... but you can feed sources through the Oppo so you get that benefit also?
Now Considering Scaling / Video Processing Alone
My blu-rays look very good on the Sony VPL 1000ES, but just cannot get the color to seem right. On the other hand DirecTV looks bad - like as sheet of plastic over it. Does the Lumagen help reduce the halos and fuzziness of DirecTv (or similar)? Can you describe the video improvement for Blu-ray and DirecTV?
Garbage in, garbage out. Having said that, the Lumagen will help you get the most out of any sources you put through it. Clearly the CMS will allow you to correct all colour/greyscale/gamma issues, which will have a large positive impact on image quality. Halos you're stuck with, however the Lumagen will not add any further halos during upscaling; the same cannot be said for most other scalers. Fuzziness? Well, the Lumagen gives you another set of sharpening tools to use - perhaps you can use them to improve DirecTV.