I wanted to express my gratitude to Ray. I heard an interview with Ray on The HDTV & Home Theater Podcast with The HT Guys. I had a number of color calibration questions that had been bugging me for the longest time so I decided to send an email to Ara Derderian, which Ara was kind enough to forward to Ray.
Ray quickly replied and suggested that a phone conversation would be the easiest way for us to discuss my questions. We arranged a good time for both of us and had a lengthy and very enjoyable conversation!
To say that Ray is generous with his time and knowledge would be a severe understatement. I had been wondering about differences between the Rec. 601 and Rec. 709 standards, how displays handled the different color space standards and how the color decoders figured into all of it. My own, casual research had turned up a few answers, but I really did not understand most of it. Ray managed to make everything crystal clear! He was patient, friendly, courteous and professional; and most of all, it was abundantly clear that he simply loves this topic and his work, and that his vast knowledge is the result of many years of professional experience as well as an infectious and genuine enthusiasm for all things home theater!
If you have the opportunity to speak with Ray and/or hire him for his THX certified calibration services, I highly recommend that you take it! For some calibrators out there, it is just a job. But with Ray, you get so much more than just a one-time service. You get an education! And you get to meet someone who is happy to simply talk to you and treat you like a friend.
My sincere thanks to Ray and also to The HT Guys for introducing him to me and allowing us to get in touch!