Originally Posted by WPWoodJr
I can rent a ColorMunki spectro for $60 with shipping. Is it worth doing this to calibrate my i1D3? Or am I just chasing perfection? I have a Samsung PN60F8500, and am using the Plasma EDR setting in HCFR.
You can actually find outfits that will rent a ColorMunki for a little over half that price for 3 days.
The other thing you can do is find an owner with your same TV and same meter (iD3) and a spectro and have them share their profile file with you.
I started this way and got a 1 - 1.5 dE change versus the standard White LED/LCD profile.
Down the road I'll be getting my hands on a spectro for a couple days to run my own profile, but I suspect the conclusion is likely to be that any profile of the same TV on the same meter is likely to get you 90% of the way to what a direct profile provides (at least for similar-age panels and meters).
A year from now I'm probably going to repeat the same exercise in the hopes of being in a position to rank the impact of these four factors:
A/ specific profile for your meter type on your TV type versus stock generic profile (ie:white LED/LCD)
B/ pre-calibration profile of your meter on your TV versus specific profile for your meter type on your TV type (shared TV-and-meter-specific profile).
C/ pre-calibration profile of your meter on your TV versus year-old profile of same meter on same TV (meter and TV drift).
D/ pre-calibration profile of your meter on your TV versus specific profile of similar-age same meter type on similar-age same TV type (panel-to-panel and meter-to-meter variation over time).