EV Essentials HD Calibration

Posted by: GregM

EV Essentials HD Calibration - 11/30/12 10:30 PM

I just used this to calibrate my Epson 8350 in hopes of getting better contrast and black levels and to my mixed surprise, found the settings I had very close to optimal based on the test signals.

I did find one issue however. While viewing the gray scale ramp and 2% and 4% gray scale images, the 2% image was simply not viewable. Even if I bumped brightness all the way up to where the 4% was a very bright gray, the 2% was simply not there. I have to think this is an error on the disc and wanted to see if anyone else noticed it or if my projector is completely lost on this calibration.

Greg
Posted by: GregM

Re: EV Essentials HD Calibration - 11/30/12 10:37 PM

Nevermind.

I just ran the same tests on my Panasonic Vierra and what a difference!

Both the 2% and 4% gray levels were there and I can clearly see why this tv has such better viewing than the Epson 8350 projector. The black levels and contrast are just worlds apart between these two.

Greg
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: EV Essentials HD Calibration - 11/30/12 10:42 PM

Well, that pretty much kills any inclination I might have had to get a projector.

What is the model of your Panny?
Posted by: St_PatGuy

Re: EV Essentials HD Calibration - 11/30/12 11:01 PM

New TV fever is catching!
Posted by: GregM

Re: EV Essentials HD Calibration - 11/30/12 11:13 PM

Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Well, that pretty much kills any inclination I might have had to get a projector.

What is the model of your Panny?


TC-P50ST30

Keep in mind my PJ is three years old, only a couple hundred hours on the lamp though, and maybe the newer ones are much better. Also keep in mind that $1,200 for a 106" image is way cheaper than say a 90" tv that runs $10,000. Front PJ's are still a great deal on $/inch. Maybe a $5,000 projector would take care of this but I can't afford that kind of money.

Greg
Posted by: Gary Vose Sr

Re: EV Essentials HD Calibration - 12/01/12 12:16 PM

That particular projector was an entry level projector three year ago. An entry level JVC projector today would be leaps and bounds better than this Epson model, with it's feature set, but especially with it's black levels/contrast.
Posted by: GregM

Re: EV Essentials HD Calibration - 12/01/12 08:45 PM

The problem, believe it or not, was with my Onkyo 809 receiver.

When I plugged the BD player directly into the Epson, the test signal from the DV Essentials Blu Ray calibration disc displayed correctly. When I routed back through the 809 information was either missing or the image was just so dark they could not be brought out.

I performed a firmware upgrade and now all is well. At least with respect to the PJ displaying information correctly that is. The image still lacks contrast/shadow detail but at least now I know I have it setup correctly.

Greg