Last week I had my KDS-60a2000 ISF calibrated...$350 - and definitely worth it!...
Here's a description of what we did - creating 3 ambient light settings for each input; calibrating Neutral color temperature to 6500k grayscale; using two inputs for cable tv (one for standard def and one for high def); Media Center PC connection; other assorted stuff...Enjoy - R
Gary Mollura; Syracuse, NY; email@example.com
1.\tKDS-60a2000; December build SP3
2.\tTime Warner Digital Cable with High Definition channel package (Central, NY)
3.\tPace DC-550P cable box (pass thru) using s-video and dvi outputs.
4.\tDell 8400 Media Center PC w/ nvidia geforce 6800 graphics card, 256MB, Forceware 93.71, passing 1080p HDTV setting, 1834X1024 resolution (underscan)
5.\tInput 1: s-video out from cable box for standard definition channel viewing
6.\tInput 6: dvi out from the pc: 1) pc usage, 2) dvd player usage via Windows Media Center)
7.\tInput 7: dvi out from cable box to hdmi (pass thru) for high definition channel viewing
1.\tCalibrate grayscale to 6500k for all inputs for all light level based picture modes.
2.\tCreate 3 light levels for each input using picture mode:
a.\tLow light/no light/dark
b.\tStandard room lighting
c.\tBright room lighting
3.\tNo Service menu changes
4.\tCreate settings for each input and picture mode (custom, standard, vivid)
5.\tDo all the other wonderful calibration things that ISF recommends
Selecting Color Temperature:
Neutral and cool color temperatures are the only two of the color temperatures that are available on all picture modes. Neutral color temperature was picked for calibrating grayscale as close to 6500k via the white-balance advanced setting using the red, green and blue gain and bias. While you may get finer calibration using the service menu adjustments, we felt this would get us close we didnt need to get EXACTLY to 6500k across all the IRE ranges (30-100 IRE track in the range of 6498-6671): close enough in my view.
Using Picture Mode for Ambient Lighting Settings:
We set up Custom for best color/picture at low light/dark room viewing. The setting up of the white balance under advanced setting for red, green and blue bias to 6500k under the Custom setting maps over to the Vivid and Standard settings. I didnt realize this! So once you set up the Custom setting for each input, you can then use the Picture Mode to create set ups for various ambient light settings. We then used Standard setting for standard lighting (some lights and/or some outside daylight normal day2day viewing). We then used Vivid for bright light setting (middle of a bright day) Once the white balance is setup via the bias and gains, all you need to do is tweak the picture, brightness and color settings for Standard, Vivid and Custom.
My calibrator found that once Custom was setup, Standard was very close, Vivid was just slightly blue not very noticeable and with adjusting picture, brightness and color we could easily compensate.
Use of Picture, Brightness and Color
With my setup, from time2time, you may want to make program specific changes. I only need to tweak these three settings. I adjust brightness (black level) by using 1) hair to adjust bringing the number up so that I can see individual hairs, or 2) using a suit coat to bring the number up so that I can just see the cloth pattern/characteristic. Color is adjusted up just enough to make faces/skin to a natural and healthy skin tone not red or orange toned. Picture is adjusted based on amount of room light I rarely adjust this and leave at the calibrated settings.
Attached is a pdf file and an excel file of my settings
Enjoy - R
rhack1_KDS-60a2000_Calibration_Settings_020207.pdf 15.349609375k . file
rhack1_KDS-60a2000_Calibration_Settings_020207.zip 22.1708984375k . file