Upgrading my calibration equipment ... on a budget.
I am upgrading my primary movie watching setup from a 2010 42" LCD (LG LD520) to a 2013 60" Plasma (Samsung F5300).
I use the following to calibrate:
i1d2 Colorimeter (purchased from amazon in 2010)
HCFR Version 2.0 (I can't seem to figure out how to get the meter to work in newer versions)
AVS Pattern Disc
I recall hearing about how much better the new xrite D3 colorimeter is supposed to be and had planned on purchasing it along with either calman or chromapure, but was disappointed upon learning it would cost me around $600 - $700. It's just way out of my budget.
My i1d2 has been kept in a strict climate controlled environment in my home with cool temps ... but, as I understand it, it will have drifted by now regardless.
Question 1: Is there someone who offers a service for correction profiles that would work with my colorimeter and hcfr to ensure it is accurate? Should I even bother?
Question 2: I've read plasma's should not use the large pattern windows provided with the AVS disc. Which pattern generator disc should I purchase if thats the case?
Just trying to get prepared for my incoming 60 inch. I understand it is a set that responds well to good calibration and I'd like to be as ready as I can without breaking the bank.