Originally Posted by Cronin
I just want to point out that it appears he did the SM adjustments in LOW color temp using the DVE disc. If I read him correctly, he did not use the D-Nice SM offsets which work in color temp MID. Yet even then, the only real difference he noted was a "moderate" change in magenta and cyan. Make's you wonder how much value calibration really has if the only changes he noted are considered "moderate" and in only 2 colors. IMO, it doesn't really matter if a meter reads D65K or D8k on your set if you can't *see* a significant diference between the them, especially for $500.
It was interesting to me, as I took the same approach to my SM adjustments: Low, DVE, etc. I incorporate DVE user adjustments only for my various DVD inputs, though. My D* and OTA settings were done by eye. The screen images look about the same, but the user settings are quite different.
I tried D-Nice's suggestions, but didn't find them quite as "true" looking as my own (which are almost identical to pro offsets privately shared with me by other members). Of course, that's a minority opinion here.
I really doubt I'm at anything near D8k, though. That's closer to where I am with Mid, which I do still use occasionally when the source material seems far too red. I'm used to different color temps generated by various aquarium bulbs, so I have some basis for judging, even if I'm a long ways from being a pro.
Despite being well satisfied, I never stop looking for possible improvements, so I was interested in reading someone's reaction to a pro calibration after they had done the best they could on their own. I always wonder what the starting point was for others who have written glowing reviews of their pro calibrations, but haven't seen much detail posted regarding this.
I haven't made up my mind one way or the other regarding spending $500+ on a calibration (a lot of money for me), but I found Trackman's input to be more informative than most.