Hi Michael ,
Thank you for taking the time to answer to my post and linking me to your site.
I did read the article you wrote and thought that it was very insightful and I can tell by what you wrote that you are indeed a person whom has a great knowledge of not only tv`s.
It was a very interesting read
I must admit , I came from reading it , with not more information , however a sense of knowing that what is important is not always important..
I completely comprehend what you have written and what you are stating.
In my case a tv is far more than a tv. I use my tv for a computer display , for normal tv viewing , for watching movies and so on. The future may very well include gaming as well.
My UN46F8000 is not a BMW , at least not in my eyes , it is however an integral part of my day to day living enjoyment.
One would suppose that I just answered my own question , well I guess the question was answered to a certain degree before I asked , but I do value an alternate opinion , from time to time !
Anyway , getting back to my F8000 , here is whats going on:
I have Comcast cable tv , and an RNG-150HD cable box , it has a "CUE" , it was not very noticeable with my previous tv ( Sony / KDL-40XBR2 ) , but it seems that the Samsung is a bit more sensitive.
I can very easily dial in , lets say , the Weather channel. The colors are great and the contrast and tint ratios are perfect at least to me.
However , when I tune to another channel , then I find myself readjusting the settings.
I never had to do that with my Sony.
I receive a few channels "in-the-clear" , and those channels are far more stable , than the same ones used with the cable box.
I have chased CUE`s in the past and it is never a fun thing , so I guess if someone can take the F8000 from being a pain to being a thing of enjoyment , then sure , calibration would be worth it.
My main problem is once the calibrator as worked around the cue and most of my cable box channels are stable , how long will it last ?
For example , we both know that tube tv`s are like a light bulb that will loss there brightness over time , and thus making a one time great calibration fail.
My dad had a tube replaced in an old 32" Sony and after the replacement was installed it was calibrated by computer hookup only , no optical comparator was used.
That tv has long since lost the good picture it was had , due to the dimming of the tube with age.
CCFL / LCD tv`s I can see that a similar thing would happen.
Now I beg the question , are LED / LCD tv`s longevity good enough to last the life of the tv ?
In other words , LED`s in general can last for years for even decades , however IC`s / Resistors, Capacitors and the like are much more likely to fail first before an LED burns out.
If that statement is true , then I can easily see where a calibration should bring many years of near perfect viewing enjoyment.
However there are so many variables involved , that no one can predict the length of time a tv or even a calibration will last , any more than a length of string.
Thank you sir for your help and guidance , for now I do believe that my question is indeed answered , to a certain degree.