Just to add to the above, the same would be true of OLED TVs. As evidenced by the blue diode panic, an OLED TV will drift over time, requiring the same kind of maintenance. It's conceivable that OLED TVs will drift more than plasma TVs. (Though I'm in no position to state this as fact.)
In any case, the TV will still be more accurate than if no advanced calibration was performed. From what I've been told, you'd typically see delta errors of around four on a plasma TV at the point of tune-up, so just on the cusp of errors detectable by eye. (As you know, it's generally observed that delta errors under three are imperceptible.)
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No way! . Didn't know that!
I'm guessing you definitely won't be getting your TV calibrated now then.
And will you get this maintenance done on yours?
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I have to say, the BBC's Glastonbury coverage looks utterly stunning on my calibrated VT65. Flicking between the calibrated settings and the THX and Normal presets, there's simply no contest. The calibrated Professional modes beat the other picture presets in every regard.
Absolutely. I'll probably be moving some time in the next year, so subtle adjustment to account for the new viewing environment would be needed anyway. (This isn't true of the cal night and 3D settings, since there's no ambient light in the room when the TV is calibrated.)
I was aware its recommended that calibration be rechecked periodically as the panel ages, it hasn't put me off. You don't 'have' to do it (its not as though the TV will stop working or suddenly give a bad picture if you don't), its just an option if you want ensure you're continuing to get the best possible output from the panel, and something I'd be happy to do.
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I wouldnt panic about a set drifitng - it would be so minor that you wouldnt even notice - if however you put a metre on it you may notice a bit of change.
However some of that could be slight variations in the readings of the metre as well so again dont panic
Think how long 3 years is - will you be looking to buy a new set in 3 years, quite possibly - 1 calibration will do you for 3 years no problems, unless you ultimately see a change, which I very much doubt. Also 3 years is a long time to be watching a TV that is considerably better than what you see uncalibrated - for say £200 thats not much a year £70 a year, less than £6 a month when broken down - its a very cheap investment.
If you are still bothered learn to do it youself - I have its not that hard at all and its extremely rewarding and you cna do it as amny times as you want for as many tvs in the future as you want - you will need new metres but thats probably 1 per new tv so every 3+ years or more depending
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Hi new to this forum, as you have had your tv calibrated Strapped, and seem to be very happy with the results would you recommend me getting my 5090 kuro done had it for 3 half years, will it make a big difference in pq, would it be worth it ?? or would I be better off in saving up for a newer panasonic ?? not really seen much to make me want to change it up until now.....
I just sold a 5090 to get the 65VT65 - let me tell you from experience - it will make a massive difference and is very worth doing!
Glad you are happy mate.
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Just for a quick addition - I have just recalibrated my set - I did it after a week of owning it and its now probably been on for 150-200 hour ish - thats long enough.
There was quite a bit of difference in the calibration needed this time so the image has drifted - however I also was getting used to the system before and I didnt get it perfect last time. The colours didnt change only the white balance / greytscale did
This is my result - I have checked through several times for consistencey of the metre
Hi ellisdj thanks for that is there much difference in pq from the 5090 kuro to the vt65 apart from the obvious size difference,and are there any issues with the vt ? as started to get red tint / black problem on my kuro few months ago when watching films in a dark room.... drives me mad!!! |( if calibration wont make major difference may have to start saving
Nice job. How come you calibrated to 2.2?
Beavis - For starters I dont think a calibration will get rid of the red tint in the blacks - I think its to do with voltages rather than settings.
There is a difference between the VT65 and 5090 - in some ways its big in others its not so.
You can calibrate the 5090 to a reference level and it has probably better blacks in a way, but the VT65 does resolve the image better, so there is more detail and you have more controls so you cna get a better calibration out of it so the image has more pop.
Having the 65" is awesome - there is no 2 ways about it - I love it - I havent spent that much time with it yet - I do plan to now my new audio cables come tomorrow - lots of films to watch both 2 and 3D
Strapped mate I cal'd to 2.2 for every day, I will then cal to 2.4 for serious movie watching - on the other pro mode.
Have a look at the images I have just uploaded - I dont know if you have the Hobbit 2D - but see how your image compares to my photos?
The image looks pretty much identical, as far as I can tell. (Viewing photos online is of course never an exact science.)
I put up a full white slide and all 10 percent grey shade intervals today, to look at screen uniformity. The cyan cast toward the far left is evident, just, but it looked more obvious a couple of days ago. I'm hoping my TV is just having a wobble, though I'll be monitoring things closely.
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