Originally Posted by highdefav1
So there is only one true calibration for this panel? And no matter what environment this panel resides in, it should be calibrated the same way? Then why didn't Samsung just give us a pre-calibrated panel? Why do they have so many different picture options, almost endless?
When I get this set, I'll try your settings and I'll try other settings, whether they be someone else here or someone else on the net. Or maybe I'll try my own.
My point was is that everybody's taste is different. The poster was asking about which calibrations he should use. He tried one and it didn't seem to be that great...what does that tell you?
Indeed there is pretty much one correct calibration for each panel. As mentioned, some variation is utilized for the specific viewing environment in terms of light output or gamma detail, but for the most part it is the one correct setting, which is rather logical. Correct blue color is only one and not many, deepest black level is only the one the set is able to reproduce and not many, etc. The targets to hit are always the same.
Yes, the TV's offer all sorts of presets, which is nothing but marketing (frankly most presets are complete garbage), and yes, to offer room for these preferences for those who are not looking for accurately calibrated panel. Samsung does offer fairly well calibrated panel (movie mode is excellent), the rest are more gimmick presets from a calibration standpoint. Manufacturers can hardly achieve perfect accuracy on every panel that leaves the factory as each panel is different. Accordingly, the settings don't always translate accurately on each set, which is why generally each panel needs to be calibrated individually for the true "perfection". As one can imagine, no manufacturer can afford to sit a pro calibrator in front of every single set for a couple of hours to bring it to perfection before it leaves the factory...
Absolutely, there are different tastes, but not different accuracies when it comes to correctly calibrated picture. Some tastes are based on accurately calibrated picture, some on other preference which is not the accurately calibrated picture. So when the poster asks which calibration, I can only refer to the one accurate, or otherwise to whatever the poster likes if he doesn't care for the accurate picture (but this was not the impression given, otherwise he probably wouldn't be asking). What that also tells me is that the settings he tried may have not translated well on his panel, which is nothing unusual.