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Old 09-25-2005, 08:50 PM   #1 (Print)
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Have you ever had a professional calibration done on your TV?

Have you ever had a professional calibration done on your TV? I have one scheduled for this Thursday. I'll let you know my experience when it is completed. Anyone have any experiences they want to share?
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Old 09-26-2005, 05:43 AM   #2 (Print)
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Best audio video money I ever spent. While not inexpensive, it made a big improvement in both picture quality and lifetime of my CRT set.
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Old 09-26-2005, 06:16 AM   #3 (Print)
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Thanks Alv

That is great news. My system is just a moderate one, around 4-5K total (audio & video), but I think the picture could use a lot of tweaking.
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Old 09-26-2005, 06:58 AM   #4 (Print)
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Definitely worth the money if you use the right person. Just make sure you have done your homework about the guy.
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Old 09-26-2005, 07:36 AM   #5 (Print)
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Hi Tase,

Definitely keep us in the loop on this. I live in the same town as you, and if the experience ends up being good, I'd also be interested in finding out more about who you brought out to do the adjustment. Thanks.
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Old 09-26-2005, 08:07 AM   #6 (Print)
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I've heard calibrations on the A10's are difficult due to changes in the service menu....interested to hear how yours turns out.

Let us know!
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Old 09-26-2005, 08:45 AM   #7 (Print)
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I have had my display ISF calibrated. Great choice.

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Old 09-26-2005, 09:03 AM   #8 (Print)
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I HIGHLY recommend getting your TV ISF calibrated. Hands down, night and day difference after calibration. I've used Gregg Loewen @ Lionav on 2 different RPTV's. I recommend him to anyone considering having a TV calibrated.
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Old 09-26-2005, 09:31 AM   #9 (Print)
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Two years ago I had my old Sony XBR rear projection calibrated. When the guy was done the color and picture were so life like my wife could easily tell the male actors on her soap opera were wearing lipstick. She asked me why I paid a guy to screw up our TV. Even after a month or two to get use to it, neither my wife nor I cared for such an accurate portrayal of the content.

Now we have a DLP and a LCD and we've never had either one calibrated.
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Old 09-26-2005, 09:32 AM   #10 (Print)
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What is the range of cost for these calibrations?
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Old 09-26-2005, 09:32 AM   #11 (Print)
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I also had my plasma ISF calibrated and I'm glad I did. You can find an ISF trained person here.
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Old 09-26-2005, 09:52 AM   #12 (Print)
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Hi Tase,

Definitely keep us in the loop on this. I live in the same town as you, and if the experience ends up being good, I'd also be interested in finding out more about who you brought out to do the adjustment. Thanks.


Just like mpaquette, I am having Gregg Loewen come out. I expressed some concerns that others had with the A-10 and he said there wouldn't be a problem.

I will let you guys know on Fri.

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Old 09-26-2005, 10:01 AM   #13 (Print)
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Mark, you won't be disappointed. Gregg does great work and will take the time to explain what he's doing, if you're interested in that kind of thing. He'll also demo some material when he's done to point out the differences that calibration has made on your set.

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Old 09-26-2005, 10:22 AM   #14 (Print)
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I'm like a little kid. I can't wait till Thursday.
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Old 09-26-2005, 10:42 AM   #15 (Print)
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Gregg is coming to my house tomorrow!

I'm having my Samsung HLR6167W calibrated by Gregg tomorrow. I know it can project a much better image than I have it set for and can't wait to see the difference.
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Old 09-26-2005, 10:42 AM   #16 (Print)
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Tase2. You won't be disappointed.

I had Gregg do my Tosh 34HFX84 in April. Best money ever spent.

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Old 09-26-2005, 10:48 AM   #17 (Print)
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I'm having my Samsung HLR6167W calibrated by Gregg tomorrow. I know it can project a much better image than I have it set for and can't wait to see the difference.



JJVike - please also let us know how your calibration goes. I've got a Sammy HLR-5067W, so if the results are stunning on yours, I would assume mine would benefit the same.
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Old 09-26-2005, 10:56 AM   #18 (Print)
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Mark, you won't be disappointed. Gregg does great work and will take the time to explain what he's doing, if you're interested in that kind of thing. He'll also demo some material when he's done to point out the differences that calibration has made on your set.

Mark Paquette


Gregg is amazing. After about 15 minutes he says "Your display is now ISF calibrated. Then he begins to work on your set. ISF calibration doesn't cover 1/10 of what a good calibrationist will do. The difference is like night and day. He made my three year-old Mitsubishi RPTV look absolutely stunning.
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Old 09-26-2005, 11:48 AM   #19 (Print)
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This is all such GOOD news. Wow Gregg must be a very busy man.

I am assuming we all have the HD Tivo, so my question is:

Can Gregg be a magician with the D* SD PQ?

If he can make the SD picture look great, than there will be no doubt that this will be the best money I have ever spent.
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Old 09-26-2005, 12:24 PM   #20 (Print)
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Gregg was the guy who did mine as well He is awesome.
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Old 09-26-2005, 12:36 PM   #21 (Print)
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I just had my Mits DLP calibrated on Saturday by Craig Rounds. His work was excellent.
This is the second set I have had calibrated and it's worth every penny.

The only suggestions I could make are to tell your calibrator what your viewing habits and what material you watch most and under what lighting conditions.
I watch mostly sports so I had plenty of sports programming in HD saved on my tivo to view.
Craig first calibrated my set using a lens filter to improve blacks but we both agreed that my set lost some snap as a result. After removing the filter he had to re do the gray scale and it added at least 45 minutes to the job, thats what I call service!
The end result is a superb picture with much less edge enhancement and jaggies. Even SD looks 100 times better.
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Old 09-26-2005, 12:40 PM   #22 (Print)
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Is how much this costs a secret?
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Old 09-26-2005, 12:43 PM   #23 (Print)
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The price varies for different type of TV's and services.

The price range is probably between $250-$700.

If you contact any ISF professional, they will give you a quote.
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Old 09-26-2005, 12:46 PM   #24 (Print)
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Is how much this costs a secret?


I paid about $250 last time I had someone calibrate my Plasma. I noticed some basic picture differences, but my main reason for paying for professional calibration it was "piece of mind". I wanted to make sure my Plasma wasn't set up in such a way that I was encouraging it to die faster than necessary.

I think I paid somewhere around $400-500 when I had someone calibrate my CRT projector a couple of years ago (this was before HD, and the setup was significantly more complex than my current system, including surround sound).
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Old 09-26-2005, 01:12 PM   #25 (Print)
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I used Gregg Loewen last Fall as well. he actually calibrated my Sammy HLP4663 twice -- once with his old gear and the 2nd time w/ his new $30k color spectrometer that he had just got. I think I was the 1st for that Probably spent 80-90 mins at my place. The picture is stunning.

The only thing I dread is that if it craps out at some point and I have to get a new one under the service plan I got from TV Authority.

I think the cost was like $250-$275. I can't quite remember. Not too bad for a guy coming from Maine to Chicago.

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Can Gregg be a magician with the D* SD PQ?


SD vs. HD, it makes no difference as it uses the same settings for the HR10-250 inputs. Both will improve, though HD will obviously look much better to begin with.

One thing to remember is to make sure that your calibrator copies the settings to all the inputs (ie component, HDMI, DVI, etc..) so that all your equipment sees the benefit and not just the HR10-250. This assumes that settings are not shared across inputs, of course.

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Old 09-26-2005, 01:15 PM   #27 (Print)
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Any idea where to find a list of reputable professionals in your area?

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Old 09-26-2005, 01:17 PM   #28 (Print)
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I really want to get my new Sony LCD calibrated, but there aren't any in the Scranton, PA area.

I might call someone from Philly, but I don't know if I want to pay for their travel time as well.

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Old 09-26-2005, 02:34 PM   #29 (Print)
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I really want to get my new Sony LCD calibrated, but there aren't any in the Scranton, PA area.

I might call someone from Philly, but I don't know if I want to pay for their travel time as well.

Gregg Loewen travels all over. Give him a call or email.
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Old 09-26-2005, 02:36 PM   #30 (Print)
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SD vs. HD, it makes no difference as it uses the same settings for the HR10-250 inputs. Both will improve, though HD will obviously look much better to begin with.

One thing to remember is to make sure that your calibrator copies the settings to all the inputs (ie component, HDMI, DVI, etc..) so that all your equipment sees the benefit and not just the HR10-250. This assumes that settings are not shared across inputs, of course.


Is that something I need to specify to Gregg?
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