Are you likely to spend $300, $500 or more for a in home calibration? BTW, most calibrators will do more than just calibrate your projector – depending on the calibrator and the price, such as calibrating your disc player.
While most images in this review are post calibration – here’s one that is pre-calibration. Not bad, not bad at all! Naw, really pretty darn good, but it doesn’t measure that great.
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The Home Cinema LS100 has four modes – Dynamic, Game, Bright Cinema and Cinema. Now as with most projectors, differences between a mode called Bright Cinema, and one called Cinema, is typically not a difference in brightness, but the settings of other factors such as saturation, gamma, etc. so that the “Bright” mode, looks better in ambient light. You can all understand how cranking up saturation, making skin tones over the top, and bright colors even brighter – to offset the washout that would affect those skin tones and colors from ambient light.
That’s the case here. With this Epson, it turns out that Dynamic, which is more of a “native mode”, and typically with a strong green shift. But the other three modes all measured the same, per Eric’s measurements.
Eric did a “quick-cal” of Dynamic which starts out over 30% brighter than the other three modes. The goal was to tame the green a bit.
I only used Dynamic in my photo shoot of images when shooting in my living room set up when the room is exceptionally bright – with sunlight coming on through the bi-fold doors into the living room. For the photos taken when the room was just its normal bright, not super bright, and for the night shots in that room, and photos in my theater, I used Game mode, which Eric found to be (strangely) the most accurate mode – as Eric put it, “it had a slightly better color gamut than Cinema” to base his calibration. Of course, calibrating Bright Cinema or Cinema should yield almost identical post calibration results.
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If you use our settings, use Dynamic when you are dealing with too much ambient light, but use Game – our post Calibration “Best” mode, for everything else.