With the help of my SpyderTV, I adjusted the RGB gains/cuts and also inputted measured settings for the xyY of my primaries into the CCA menu -- the measured Y was significantly lower than the default value. This resulted in my "normal" temperature setting going to D65 and RGB primaries all fell to 100% of norm +/- 2%. Prior to adjusting cuts/gains, the blue was at 141% and red was at 120%.
Since I do like the edge enhancement offered by DNIe, I turned off the black crush in the service menu so that now I can enjoy the benefits of DNIe without the negative impact on black level.
SpyderTV guided me through the user settings as well. I ended up with a contrast of 93 and brightness of 28 -- according to SpyderTV this gave me 150-170 cd/m2. The contrast was significantly higher than your recommended setting of 40-45, although it does look nice and there seems to be a good range between white and black.
I realize that a real ISF calibration would probably be more accurate and extensive, but has SpyderTV at least put me in the ballpark?
Originally Posted by Eliab
Your display has quite a few things wrong that will have a huge impact on overall image quality. Grayscale, gamma, color space, color decoding, etc. Of course, it is also only as good as the incoming signal. But once calibrated, it is actually far more accurate than a Pioneer CRT/RPTV.