Originally Posted by nick2003
Has anyone determined if this set has red push or not? Looking at the test patterns on dve it seems like the red is pretty much perfect with color mode 3 on 50 but fleshtones look a little red.
I still have yet to try DVE (and probably won't get the opportunity, since I'll be returning the Westy shortly), or use much other than DVI, but if I had to guess, here's what I'd say the different color modes seem like via DVI from my PC. (If you're using a DVI/HDMI player, component or other analog inputs YMMV.)
COLOR3 ~9500K (with some red push?)
That's the way they sort of look to me just comparing with a cheap ~6500K bias light. So if you're seeing some red push via COLOR3, it may not be your imagination.
What I think initially threw me off, and led me to believe these were something else (ie possibly color space controls) was the behavior of the color-clipping with CONTRAST in the COLOR1 & COLOR2 modes. Since 6500K is supposed to be the standard for video, I suppose I was expecting that to look the best under all conditions. But it looks as if COLOR3 (9500K?) may be the native temperature of the display, and consequently may exhibit the least funkiness toward the ends of the palette. And it looks pretty good to me with some types of films (ANH for example).
COLOR2 may possibly have the more "correct" palette though for 6500K material, with everything else correctly adjusted. On digital films like Shrek2 and The Incredibles, I got the feeling reds and blues were a little overemphasized with the COLOR3 setting (via DVI). COLOR2 seemed to yield a more subtle-looking palette to my eye on those films by comparison. Most TVs have color more in the 9500K range though OOTB, so that may look more "normal", and possibly better on some types of films.
Performing a more complete color calibration including HUE and SATURATION adjustment (trying both COLOR2 and COLOR3) probably wouldn't be a bad idea, especially for the analog inputs. In some brief tests with component I noticed that adjusting HUE seemed to take some of the sallowness out of skintones with COLOR2. And it seemed like SATURATION could be adjusted a bit as well. As with everything YMMV.
You might also try comparing the same color patterns on both DVI and on the analog inputs, to see how well they match. Using 6500K bias lighting may or may not help some too. And the colors may differ a bit depending on the firmware as well. Again YMMV.
Sorry I can't provide more definitive info on this stuff. Hopefully it'll get better sorted out though by others. Alotta smart cookies round here.