Originally Posted by sotti
Well TV's have all sorts of native controls, RGB cuts, gains, tint, color, gamma, some even have full CMS. But you don't control the input to the unit. So Calman provides a great tool to create a workflow and manage the process of calibrating the display to be as close to accurate as possible.
PC's on the other hand typically have RGB gain at best, but you control the source output (via an LUT in the video card) and on top of that ICC aware applications can further manipulate colors with respect to the measured primaries of the monitor to even more closely approximate the correct color.
You could use calman with a monitor, but you wouldn't make many changes and you could use iMatch with a TV but it wouldn't calibrate that very well.
I've never used the iMatch software myself, but it's the native software from xrite for their probe, I'd assume that it's not only the best, but probably the only commercial app.
It is interesting that computer displays would have less control over the picture than TV's!
I don't think I implied that I intended to use CalMAN to calibrate my computer display or i1Match to calibrate my TV. However, since CalMAN is designed for TV calibration and i1Match for computer displays then it is this later usage that interests me.
My problem is although I have done computer display calibration with an older Spyder and am familiar with the procress in general I have never used the i1Pro nor CalMAN or i1Match. And, since putting together a kit involving these products is in the area of $1000 USD I am not inclined to break out the CC before learning as much as I can about them.
Again, it seems the i1Pro with CalMAN is about the best package for TV calibration one can come up with short of the big buck system that only make sense for pros that get paid to use them. I mean, that's the imperssion I get here and if I'm wrong please tell what's better. Also, of particular interest to me as a photographer is the ability to do the best job of calibrating my computer display so that when I edit an image in Photoshop I know the output will be consistant. So, the long-and-short-of-it is that I want to be able to calibrate both TV's and computer displays and if I'm going to pay more for the better probe (i1Pro) then it would be wise to use it for both types of calibration.
I should mention that I had good look calibrating my first Viewsonic LCD computer display (20 inch, 1600x1200) using the Spyder but when the display went bad and was returned to Viewsonic the display I received in return, although the same model, was never able to get a good calibration on it. I should also mention that my next computer display is likely to be a higher end LCD of at least 24 inch and perhaps as much as 30 inch. I do not have it yet so I can't tell you what it will be only that it is almost certainly going to be a higher end LCD. My new TV is a higher end LCD (Samsung LED LCD 'ln46a950').