Black and white prints with x shades of light black... what am I missing?

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Black and white prints with x shades of light black... what am I missing?
11 months ago

So I have a lowly Canon iX6560, with 5 inks (CMY dyes, black dye and black pigment), only 4 of which (CMYK dyes) it uses for photo prints.  Last week I rented a Colormunki and profiled my monitor and papers.  Curious about what the big fuss is about color shifts in black and white prints, I made a test print with my new profile, and it came out about as neutral as could be.  The only deviation I see is a slight tilt toward warmth in the light tones, obviously caused by the warmth of the paper itself.  So what is the advantage of having a printer with several shades of gray?  Do you force the printer to use gray inks only for B&W prints (not possible with my printer) to forego the trouble of color profiling?

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