I have a few questions on "poor-man's" calibration of the set. From what I understand, my C9 is pretty accurate out of the box, just needing a few environmental tweaks. I had been doing just the basic stuff (brightness, contrast, color balance) on my plasma, and now the C9. Following the suggestions from rtings.com, I have received excellent results (to my old, decrepit eyes). I do have a couple of questions, however (as per usual, I am doing something wrong):
First, rtings recommend that, for SDR, I leave the brightness at 50 and instead vary the OLED panel setting. Using the pluge pattern of the Spears & Munsil calibration disc, I found that the OLED panel setting does very little to affect the pluge pattern (4% and 2 % bars visible). I had to adjust the brightness setting up to 60 to avoid black crush. What am I missing?
Second, the contrast (SDR): Again, using the Spears & Munsil disc, I have to basically reduce the contrast to minimum to even begin to start seeing the highest graduations (mostly the top 3 or 4 white bars will always blend in with their neighbor, and I can barely see the darkened square in the color bars). I am obviously misunderstanding the correct application of the test. I simply left the contrast at the default of 85.
The color balance is pretty much spot-on, and all of the HDR settings have been left at default. As I said, it looks fantastic to me, but I want to understand what I am doing wrong. Thanks!
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