Good to see that someone has spooted the importance of a propper calibration and been so amazed buy the results that it's like having a new TV but it is quite expensive.
It has already been stated in this thread that you can di it your self using a in-expensive meter like the Spyder and there is FREE software that will enable you to easily calibtate your TV. You can read my guide on how to do this HERE
Here was my Greyscale tracking using factory default
As you can see there is a serious oversaturation in the RED but after calibration
The Greyscale is now tracking at almost the target D65 with minor errors showing in the red and blue under 20IRE but these errors are more likely showing due to the meter and there are no visable errors to the eye.
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This is a wonderful thread to see up on the forum. All the TVs WhatHifi looks at get calibrated so they are viewed/used to the maximum of their potential.
What you are mostly reading about in the magazine reviews are about optimised TV sets : WhatHifi can correct me here if I'm wrong.
The best you can achieve out of the box with a preset is use THX/TrueCinema if present : even these need contrast, brightness, colour etc tuned, preferrably with a test disc or off-air test card (you did save a copy before we lost BBC HD? )
It is worth noting that calibration is NOT a ONE-OFF process!! Each new source you add will need its own calibration for that input on your TV. ALSO the white balance for plasma TV changes with time, so the greyscale etc will need doing afresh every 1000 hours or so. Plasma TV phosphors take time to bed-in, so a first calibration needs to wait for at least 2-300 hours dependant on make/model of TV.
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Thanks cheeseboy - I did follow your link. What one is the best cost effective version and what sort of results are you getting ? Also, is it as easy as the website proclaims ? As per post above, I am not overly confident in calibrating myself. I was also thinking, if I were to spend that sort of money on one, then it would be possibly better off just getting it done professionally ?
Would be interested to see if their are any others using this Spyder gadget and what they think ?
Perhaps the What Hi Fi team should do a feature on calibration ? I know you have before on the thx test discs (as I use the glasses and guides as a reference) but perhaps a more detailed feature could be done on how good all these different discs and gizmos are ? Or maybe thats just not your bag ?
I've only used the spyder express to calibrate LCD monitors and Laptop displays for a few pro photographers, but they all raved about the difference it made for them.
Seems there is now one specific for HDTV/Projectors as well - http://spyder.datacolor.com/portfolio-view/spyder4tv-hd/
There's a really good review here which shows you the steps you would have to go through.
and another one here
The thing is, once you have purchased it, you will save money on each re-calibration/extra device calibrated. If you are going to pay somebody 250 sheets to come and do it for you, what happens if somebody messes about with the settings, or you want to do another device?
Thing is, if you use it once, you can always sell it on and not lose that much as they still fetch a good re-sale price as well
Either way, it's worth a think...
I have read both reviews in detail now and I am seriously thinking about buying this. I appreciate it wont give me an ISF standard but as you say it is a lot cheaper and I can keep it for life and use it on all my tv's and gadgets.
This post has been brilliant - thanks to all.
Go ahead and choose whats the best option for your...either DIY or with a certified ISF technician... I believe both ways will give you one form as satisfaction.... The message would be...TV needs callibration...and thanks to standards available, there is a reference point to say 'This is how a TV should display colours' as oppose to sound where its hard to say certain sound is a sper standard.
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