Originally Posted by rallyman03
I'm new to the community and really appreciate your opinion. I have quite a bit of experience with tvs and electronics in general and have always been one of those people that keeps up to date in this area. I just purchase a Samsung un55f7100 and I am looking into calibration as I want the best out of my tv. Instead of purchasing isf calibration from best buy I wanted to try my hand at using hcfr. I've read through a couple guides and have a rudimentary knowledge as I have spend 5 years in installing/selling tvs in the past.
My question is if im going to be using hcfr to calibrate do i want the spyder 4 express (no ambient light sensor) or do i want the pro model (ambient light sensor)? If I do go for the pro model how does hcfr use this sensor. Do i have to input initial readings or does the sensor/hcfr take the light into account when displaying other values? My tv does have day and night settings so if I can take advantage of properly calibrating both scenarios i would like to. But if HCFR doesn't use this info then Ill save the money on the sensor.
Thanks for your input.
the hardware in the differents spyder 4 is strictly the same : buy the cheaper one (spyder 4 express or spyder 4 hdtv...)
the sensor is not necessary for our purpose of display calibration, always calibrate in controled light room (a bat cave at night, with no light is the optimum
The calibration is viewing image in respect of the international imaging standard, for night and day settings calibrate with due respect to the standard
If you really want to calibrate a day settings (some says is no more real calibration...) you can try a lower gamma or boost 100% white but check for white clipping, color clipping and eye strain...
but with that least solution you are quite out of the standard...
i'd like to say : "it's always preference vs reference"
hope this help
ps : for more education in calibration stuff, you can look at the Michael Chen tremendous site http://www.tlvexp.ca/
some calibration tips, very good articles, a calibration quizz, an e-learning and somes awesome calibration video training
take a look
ps n°2 : if you're more serious about calibration, take a look at the display 3 or display pro colorimeter, a way better than the spyder 4 (better repeatability, more accurate at low light level, more fast and work with all others cal software (hcfr, chormapure, calman) if in the future you want to update your gear).
The i1 pro spectro REV D (used for 250 / 400 $) is the way to go if you want the accuracy of the spectro
the best combo is the D3 + i1 pro, the D3 profiled with the i1 pro (best of both world : accuracy and speed, good repeatability, accurate at low light level from 0,001 ft/L...)Edited by realzven - 12/30/13 at 4:14am