Ha! Cool, I'm chuffed, though most of the heavy lifting was done by Ursa, cnet, and many others in this thread, including yourself, of course.
Looks like I haven't posted full settings since last October, before the previous firmware update (V.1.60.10-004-0443_125). I didn't change much after that update (raised the brightness a notch) because that firmware gave me flashlighting and clouding where I had very little before (most of it went away after a factory reset, but never completely), and I was waiting for the firmware fix like everyone else. Thankfully the latest firmware (v1.60.10-020.0643_125) seems to have completely fixed the clouding and flashlighting, and improved the slow backlight too. To my eyes than TV looks better than ever (after 5 months (!) of looking it's worst) because it's the first time reasonably functional Smart Dimming and the new Gamma control can be used at the same time. Now if only the remote wasn't still chewing through batteries...
I ran the AVSHD 709 disk the other night and didn't change a thing except for removing that previously added notch to the Brightness. Here are the settings I'm currently using, with my standard disclaimer, of course: I'm not a professional calibrator, I just play one at home, meaning I have no calibration tools other than the AVSHD 709 disk and my eyes, so of course ymmv...
Auto Brightness: Off, (for streaming photos: High, Backlight: 100)
Backlight: custom Calibrated/film/custom sports/animation: 82, custom Dark Calibrated: 69, custom photo: 100 (Auto Brightness High), custom 3D: 96
Brightness: 52, custom 3D: 54
Color: 43, 3D: 44
Sharpness: 0, custom 3D: 60 (greyed out, but this was the previous default 3D setting)
Color Temperature: Normal
Black Detail: Off
Smart Dimming: On
Smooth Motion Effect: custom Cal., Dark Cal: Low, custom film: Off, custom sports/animation, custom 3D: Medium
Reduce Signal Noise: Off
Reduce Block Noise: Off
Game Low Latency: Off; On when gaming
Film Mode: Auto
Ursa's early Color Tuner Offset and Gain settings (I've tried his more recent ones but these seem to work best for me):
Red Offset: 1
Green Offset: 2
Blue Offset: 1
Red Gain: 8
Green Gain: 6
Blue Gain: 10
My Tint adjustment:
Cyan Hue: -5
Magenta Hue: -5
Red/Green/Blue: Hue/Saturation/Brightness: 0
cnet's 11-point white balance (for 2014 M-series) (they might not correlate with the 2013 models exactly, but they settings definitely seem to be an improvement over the default settings):
[Gain amounts for Red, Green and Blue]
Added by havasu video
These are 11-point White Balance settings. follow them exactly on the screen. Push button to select, then arrows to change, then push button again to de-select, use arrow to move to the next one over, push again when done, scroll back to the %, push button, arrow, to the next, and repeat.
5%: 10, -1, 1
10%: 16, 8, 39
20%: 3, 1, 24
30%: -8, -6, -7
40%: -24, -23, -6
50%: -48, -39, -31
60%: -50, -50, -36
70%: -50, -50, -34
80%: -50, -50, -39
90%: -42, -45, -50
100%: 0, -10, 0
Surround Sound: On
Volume Leveling: Off
Audio Mode: Custom
Also see vestaviascott's Official Vizio "M-Series" Razor Owners Survival Thread and rogersmj's Vizio 1.60 defective firmware update -- victims post here thread for more info.
These are the settings I used on my M601. However-I changed Brightness and Backlighting to 40, Sharpenss 15, Black Detail Low, but everything else is the same as above.
You will find the biggest changes are made with back lighting, sharpness, and brightness. These are tailored to your room or even the Movie you're watching. From there, and with Sharpness, black detail, and even Smooth Motion(Low-sometimes), it's all personal preference.
Make sure you do the 11 point gray scale exactly as it's shown above. It takes awhile to do each step, but double check your numbers.
Also-there's no real reason to "lock" the settings, unless someone else messes with your TV. It will not prevent Vizio from doing another "drive-by", that will totally hose your settings once again.
When you're finished, take pictures or each screen, and file them away some where. That way-you can always go back and look up the settings, and start over.
Both my M601-A3's are now on 1.60 whatever, and they look the same.
On some movies, you may want to turn the sharpness down to 10 or even zero. Same with Black Detail-you're going to have to experiment with some of the settings to see what looks good to your eye's.
I am new to calibration and am hoping someone can/will take the time to answer a few of my basic questions.
Background: I purchased a M401i-A3 for my father and want him to get the most out of his T.V. It doesn't have to be perfect, just very good, without killing ourselves. I went to his house today and he still had all of the factory settings on and the picture looked so much worse than I know this T.V. is capable of. I believe I was able to match all of the settings in the quote above, however, I have a couple basic questions.
1) The quoted settings above don't show a picture mode? I believe I started with calibrated, made all of the changes above, and then saved my settings as "custom cal". Was this correct or what is the preferred / very first steps when doing a calibration.
2) I was going to saving the above two settings (the original and the 3-4 changes shown in the reply to the original post as two different settings. Unfortunately, I found that I was only able to save "custom cal", the original settings, but it wouldn't let me save another custom setting. What am I doing wrong or is this just a limitation of the T.V.?
3) Could someone explain the following,
"Backlight: custom Calibrated/film/custom sports/animation: 82, custom Dark Calibrated: 69, custom photo: 100 (Auto Brightness High), custom 3D: 96"
Does this mean this posted has saved settings of.. (1) custom calibrated (2) film / custom sports / animation / dark calibrated / custom photo and custom 3D? The only settings that I have are Standard : Calibrated / Calibrated Dark / Vivid / Game / Computer and the "custom cal" I created based on the above settings.
4) If I switch from "custom cal" to any of the other picture modes, I will lose all of my settings correct? I know it sounds like a stupid question, but, it took some time to input all of the settings above and I would hate to lose them all.
As you can see: I just want to learn the basics of the order of doing things when playing around with the settings, how to save multiple settings, if possible, and how to make sure I don't lose my hard work. If someone is willing to review my screen shots to insure accuracy, I would greatly appreciate it, as well.
Best Regards and thank you,
P.S. I'm not sure why my iPhone photo uploads are posting sideways, but I apologize in advance.