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Old 07-11-2010, 10:32 PM   #106  
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In reguards to the initial post:

Wow, the sony's cool color temp is among the bluest I have ever seen. I have never owned an LCD though, only plasmas. The calibrated pic below it looks good. My Panasonic's Warm setting doesn't seem to be as accurate. That picture is simply using the DVE disc, no meters to adjust color temp, etc?
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Hi all,

I have been lurking for about 2 weeks now, after I found this site while researching a new TV. I did my research and went with the Panny P50G25!

Quick question on calibration discs - do the DVE and S&M calibration discs accomplish the same thing? i.e. can I choose between DVE and S&M to calibrate my TV? Or do they calibrate different things?

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Old 07-25-2010, 06:36 PM   #108  
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They both do the same thing. The DVE disc can calibrate the HT surround as well.
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I also have the DVE disc. I have used it many times. The one thing I don't like is that while it gives a more natural picture, you loose some of that WOW and pop in the color. I tend to enjoy a more colorful image. My complaint about the prevalent "Vivid" setting most tv's come on is that they look too blue. Typically, just lowering the color temp from High to Medium will go a long way in reducing the excess blue in the image.

I do think the DVE is fun to play with and a good buy.
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with the obvious advantage of getting a calibration disc, do they also fix stuck pixels?
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No Beware. they just calibrate the picture, so that the color is accurate, the blacks are deeper and your whites are brighter.
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with the obvious advantage of getting a calibration disc, do they also fix stuck pixels?
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No Beware. they just calibrate the picture, so that the color is accurate, the blacks are deeper and your whites are brighter.
Hi Beware, hi kharaa,

kharaa is exactly right that the discs won't help at all with stuck pixels; for that, try downloading PixelFixer, but don't get your hopes up too high.

Also, kharaa, I'd rather say "the black levels and white levels are more accurate." This does not always mean darker blacks and brighter whites, though. Oftentimes an uncalibrated picture will involve badly clipped/crushed blacks and whites; correcting that won't deepen them, it will bring back the information detail that was lost in the clipping.

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Old 10-06-2010, 03:46 PM   #113  
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Hi - I recently finished my break in for a Panny P50G25 and used the S&M calibration disc. I always run the TV in THX mode for accurate picture, and after using the disc I seem to get optimal contrast and brightness settings that are far below what others seem to have been getting (my contrast and brightness are around 40 and 75 respectively). Is this normal?
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Hi - I recently finished my break in for a Panny P50G25 and used the S&M calibration disc. I always run the TV in THX mode for accurate picture, and after using the disc I seem to get optimal contrast and brightness settings that are far below what others seem to have been getting (my contrast and brightness are around 40 and 75 respectively). Is this normal?
If you arrived at the settings by correctly using the disc, then yes, the display is maximized to YOUR environment.
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No Beware. they just calibrate the picture, so that the color is accurate, the blacks are deeper and your whites are brighter.
Nope.

A calibration disc and the controls they tell you to use cannot adjust color saturation nor the proper hue of each of the three primary colors accurately.

For that you need a professional colorimeter. And . . .

Not all displays are capable of accurate primary color hues due to the phosphors they use. These are consumer grade displays we are talking about and not commerical or professional grade which cost many times as much.

All they do is get you in the ballpark which is an improvement over the out of the box settings.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:38 PM   #116  
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Ok so I've read though several theads on here and have found th site very helpful.

I have 2 seperate questions though:

First, should I run some sort of break in slides on my new Panasonic G25 or is keeping the contrast etc. below 50 in THX mode and just avoid static images and black bars for the first 200 hr's without the slides ok?

Second, should I calibrate the TV somehow after the break-in period? What is the best way to have this done as I'm not comfortable doing it myself (frankly I don't know how)

Thanks so much!
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Some like using the slides others don't. I never used them and just avoided black bars & static images, and kept contrast at 50% for the first 200 hours and I never had any issues.

As far as calibrating you can buy this and it walks you through the process of calibrating it yourself. You will also learn a lot of info that is good to know:

http://www.amazon.com/Spears-Munsil-.../dp/B001UM29OC
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Ok, I'll probably skip the break in slides.

That blue ray calibrating disk looks like a good one. I'll check it out and probably get it once I get closer to being done with the break in period.

Thanks for your help!
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Some like using the slides others don't. I never used them and just avoided black bars & static images, and kept contrast at 50% for the first 200 hours and I never had any issues.

As far as calibrating you can buy this and it walks you through the process of calibrating it yourself. You will also learn a lot of info that is good to know:

http://www.amazon.com/Spears-Munsil-.../dp/B001UM29OC
Most of the PRO Calibrators advocate the use of those slides to help accurately activate the pixel igniting processes they indicate that they help avoiding pixel locking.
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Most of the PRO Calibrators advocate the use of those slides to help accurately activate the pixel igniting processes they indicate that they help avoiding pixel locking.
Just in case I did want to use them. Do you or anyone know the best ones to use and how to use them. Is it easy?
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