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The other elephant in the room that everyone is ignoring is that Best Buy has a long term and very well established track record of producing what independent calibrators would call a "good calibration" about 10% of the time. Which means 90% of the time their calibration offers no improvement at all or makes the TV look worse than the out of box settings. If you do decide to have a professional calibration, your odds of getting a good result are about 95% positive with professional independent calibrators who will spend 2.5 to 5 hours (depending on what you want done) calibrating your TV while Best Buy offers you about a 90% chance of no improvement or making the TV worse. I think it is time for customers to begin telling Best Buy that they have failed (miserably) at trying to establish themselves as a source of professional quality calibration, and that you understand why someone would want to have their TV calibrated, but you'll go elsewhere to get your TV calibrated.
Before anybody gets all bent out of shape... please recognize that I did say that Best Buy appears to get calibration right about 10% of the time. I don't know of any competent independent pro calibrator who would still be in business with a track record like that. In fact, every one I've met would be horrified with himself if that's the best he could do. The times I've calibrated after a Best Buy technician had done the first calibration, my measurements indicated the BB calibrator had no real grasp about calibration. Of course, I would not likely see a BB calibration if a good job had been done. But there are a lot of threads right here on AVS where you see comments about a high level of dissatisfaction with the quality of BB calibration.
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