...using either DVE or Avia?
Seems like quite a few don't. Your second purchase (first being your HDTV) should be a calibration disc. For a "mind-boggling" $29 bucks, you can make your new shiny HDTV display look like a million bucks, so don't be cheap.
Some hints that I have learned, that may help:
- let the tv warm up for a good 30 minutes
- room lighting should be adjusted to when you do the majority of your watching
- make no picture adjustments on your source (DVD/BluRay)
- make sure to start out with all display settings centered and sharpness at ZERO
- Brightness and contrast are settings you'll need to go back and tweak..more on that later
- Color is pretty straight forward, but run the levels up and down several times to get an average best setting (remember, BLUE filter!) Don't get too bent out of shape if you see some decoder error--it's gonna happen. Out of 4 TV's I own, guess which one had a perfect color decoder? The $127 RCA on the patio---go figure. Just try to get the best adjustment possible, it will look good.
- Tint will do a fine adjust of your color settings (in essence). Just as with color, run the adjustment up and down numerous times and get a best average setting.
- Sharpness. Contrary to popular belief, and mentioned on DVE, your TV may be too "soft" at zero. Use the test pattern as described. Sometimes it helps to move a little closer than typical viewing distance to get this just right. My Samsung DLP NEVER shows clipping or jaggies, even with sharpness at maximum. So what do you do then? Back it down to zero, and work up until the picture is sharp, and stop. For my set that was "20" on a 0-100 scale.
- Back to brightness/contrast:
If you find after adjusting these 2 that contrast is still blowing you out of your room, bring down some; then go back and re adjust brightness to correspond with the contrast level. The 2 controls feed off of each other, so I found the easiest way is to give contrast the priority, then go back and get the correct brightness. All too often people way overdo the contrast setting. There should not be "halos" around white lettering on a black background, bright sunlit scenes should still have detail in them.
Remember, CONTRAST is WHITE level, BRIGHTNESS is BLACK level. Sounds counter intuative huh? Is scenes are too white, back off on contrast; if dark scenes are too dark, up the brightness. Spend alot of time getting these 2 just right, you'll be rewarded with a very rich, natural picture. If gray levels are not right, color never will be.
A word about television:
I start with my BluRay calibrated setting levels and go from there. I had to back down contrast some, and then recalibrate brightness (remember?). Color was a little over-done on TV, so I dropped it a few settings.
TV is going to require compromise, as channel quality is all over the map. Pick your most often watched channels and calibrate by "eye" using your source calibration settings as a starting point.