Originally Posted by Ungermann
I don't have any issues with using Spyder2 with plasma TVs. I do my measuring in a dim or even in a dark room. Spyder correctly pointed out to elevated reds at 10% stim which I did not pay attention to at first, thinking that anything below 20% stim was not worth attention. After I fixed the red cut, Spyder correctly reflected the change in grayscale.
So far I don't have reasons to say that Spyder2 is "limiting" at 10% or 20% stim. Maybe it works better for plasma than for PTV.
Well, I only have a problem reading the low IRE's when I'm using it with the green filter on, and HCFR set to LCD mode. If I take the filter off, and switch to CRT mode, then I have no problem getting readings... it's just that according to HDholic, that gives inaccurate readings.
I also turn out all the lights in the room, and even turn the computer monitor so it's facing the opposite direction from the TV while I'm measuring. I figured this is best to ensure the readings are not contaminated with light/color from any external sources. Is this in fact the best thing to be doing, or should I have lights on in the room?
What I ended up doing is re-calibrating my TV last night. I set everything back to default, and this time I calibrated my Standard temp settings using the green filter w/ LCD mode, and Medium temp using the filter off w/ CRT mode. Didn't finish until 2:30am, so I only had time to give each temp's results a quick glance. Both of them looked fairly good. The medium temp looked a little warmer, but I'm not sure if it's due to being inaccurate, or if the other setting is simply lacking. Tonight I'll be switching back and forth between the two to see which looks better to me.
One thing though... Last night I picked up some component cables to see if that would change the picture quality at all (I was previously using the stock [cheap] HDMI cable that came with my DVD player plugged into the DVI jack in my TV [using a cheap HDMI to DVI adapter]), and the results I had were a little bothersome. With the HDMI cable, I previously could not display blacker than black levels. With the component, I could display the blacker than black levels, but when I'd bright up the 0IRE gray window, I could actually see the window, even after doing my best do set bightness properly. Is this normal? On a related note, will the really expensive cables really make much of a difference in picture quality?