Originally Posted by danbfree
That's not true at all. You can EASILY go much further out of whack trying to adjust everything you can just for a little more "pop". The TCL 615/617 on Warm color mode isn't too bad at all and people will use Cool just for more brightness and throw it FAR more out of whack, as just one example. I'm also a car enthusiast and we don't pick on each other for not going over hundreds of parameters in maximizing every tiny thing for our tunes for them either, sometimes presets on a TV are definitely close enough. I'm just using Rtings recommended settings including the advanced 11 pt and color space settings, which obviously don't apply to my exact panels. While some people do insist personally on a perfect calibration, there is no reason to be so cynical and condescending to others that don't need that level of perfection either. Not that you are, per se, but that's what you're suggesting with that kind of comment, I'd be open to hearing clarification if that's not the case.
I was being somewhat sarcastic. No calibration is perfect, and this particular TV (which I really enjoy) has some peculiarities that don't help its accuracy.
The TV has two main areas of adjustment: grayscale (which by the way is 21 point, not 11) and color. Color deviations may be more apparent, but grayscale deviations are also important. You're suggesting changing the gamma doesn't affect accuracy, when in fact it affects the whole grayscale. I guess it depends on what you consider accurate.
While this TV can look very nice and pleasing by tweaking the basic controls, it is nowhere accurate, as you'll see when you calibrate it and see the discrepancies in red, green and blue across the grayscale, and the luminance errors in the colorspace.
If you feel I'm being condescending, that's your call.