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post #841 of 874 Old 04-19-2014, 03:11 PM
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Hello everyone,

I am brand new to this forum, and this is my first post.  I wanted to just put out a HUGE thank you to Doug Weil over at Clearly Resolved.  

I am the proud owner of a Panasonic 60ZT60 and Doug came out to do the calibration on it last month.  It has been an all around great experience working with Doug.  Being a new owner of a decent HDTV, I had a million questions to ask and Doug happily answered them all for me.  When the day of the appointment came, not only did he do a fantastic job calibrating the set, but he took the time to educate me about everything that he was doing which was awesome.  I am a complete novice when it comes to these things, and literally knew next to nothing about what the settings actually changed and the importance of each one.  Doug explained it all in an easy to understand way, and answered all my questions throughout the whole process. 

In closing, I just would like to thank Doug for the outstanding work and customer service.  It exceeded my expectations, and I know that whenever I get my next theater system, I have my calibrator ready to go.  

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Thank you very much for the nice review and kind words. It was great to work for you and I look forward to seeing you again somewhere down the line.

Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by htwaits

" My experience with UMR and D-Nice is that both of them check with known source material to be sure the results from the calibration are as expected. At that point, including before and during the calibration, I or any customer can point out any individual issues relating to taste in picture quality. I've never felt the need to do that."

I had Jeff Meier (UMR) in here last Sunday, and my experience is as you noted. He's more than happy to involve you in the process.

And watching him squeeze every drop out of life out of an older VW-60 with a new lamp was very cool. After all the intial rocket science work was done, he puts real world material on and retweaks everything so the weaknesses are worked over. He knows that tweaking one thing will affect other measurements and then cycles back through based on any changes made. At the end, my Calibration report looks beautiful and the real world picture looks as good as it could possibly be.

Pay the man his money.

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Hi everyone. Chad B was here yesterday and did a bang up job on my Panny 55VT60, calibrating it using the High panel setting for Day mode and the Mid panel for Night mode. I had been running modified CNET settings at Mid and was very pleased with the overall picture but Chad was able to get a more accurate picture (especially skin tones) and more brightness/contrast juice out of my set, especially in Day mode (almost 49fl) where it looks as good if not better than the Samsung 8500 series. The transitions between light and dark areas are also cleaner. Night mode at 40fl is better than the 40.5fl than my own settings came in at. The image is brighter (great black levels) and the detail and shadows are better. In a dark room, Night mode is plenty bright and in a moderately light room, even in the evening, Day mode is excellent. My calibrations charts are awesome with many of the result being close to perfect. His test disc, The Black Knight, looked great as did several of my own favorite Blu-rays in either Day or Night mode. Chad is one of the nicest guys that you will meet and spent 4 1/2 hours with me, explaining what he was doing, answering any questions and engaging in general chit chat. Those of us in in the San Francisco Bay area were very fortunate to have had Chad agree to make a calibration tour in our neck of the woods. I would not hesitate to recommend him if he is available in your area.
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Hi everyone. Chad B was here yesterday ...
Thanks for posting your calibration comments. I've added a link to your post in the flat panel (post number two) lists that are linked in this thread.

If you have further comments to make about your audio or video calibration, it would be great if you could use the edit command to add them to your original post. Enjoy. smile.gif
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I had Chad B calibrate my sony vpl-vw 600 and my marantz 8801 with audessey pro a month ago. He spent a full day helping to tweak speakers, the projector and give me ideas for further refinement. The picture on my projector was already great,but he made it even better. He was able to achieve much more brightness than I had been able to on my own. I was tending to use the projector in high lamp mode, but after calibration and tweaking, I now use the low lamp setting with the same light output! It has made a great improvement in the pq.

The biggest impact on my system was the audio, which I had done with audessey myself. He did an audessey pro calibration and the difference is AMAZING!!!! The bass is so much better and refined than before. Dialog is now easily understood over the effects etc. I was always raising the volume to be able to hear the dialog, and then lowering the volume during explosions etc. Now I just leave the volume at one setting.

If you think your system looks and sounds good, but haven't had it calibrated, I highly recommend getting it calibrated!!!! And Chad B is one to do it! I will probably have him come by whenever he travels through my area to adjust thing as I add new things.

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I had Chad B calibrate my sony vpl-vw 600 and my marantz 8801 with audessey pro a month ago.
Thanks for posting your calibration comments. I've added a link to your post in the flat panel (post number two) lists that are linked in the signature area at the bottom of my post.

If you have further comments to make about your audio or video calibration, it would be great if you could use the edit command to add them to your original post. Enjoy. smile.gif
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Gregg Loewen recently calibrated my 80" Vizio M801-D-A3 and it looks a million times better. He worked wonders on this beast of a TV. Out of the box, the set was so disappointing that my wife and I were ready to return it. Gregg was nice enough to schedule some calibration in the area the week we received it so he could check it out and see if a return was necessary. The TV had a lot of issues like the colors being off, blacks being improperly processed, and everything being pretty washed out. He got everything dialed in great and we even adjusted the viewing position for best performance. I can't recommend Gregg's services more. He did a wonderful job.
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Gregg Loewen recently calibrated my 80" Vizio M801-D-A3 and it looks a million times better.
Thanks for posting your calibration comments. I've added a link to your post in the flat panel (post number two) lists that are linked in the signature area at the bottom of my post.

If you have further comments to make about your audio or video calibration, it would be great if you could use the edit command to add them to your original post. Enjoy. smile.gif
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I have known of Mr. Bob and Image Perfection for a number of years and had the pleasure of seeing his personal setup. I was blown away! It was the first time I had seen such an accurate recreation of reality on a TV set and I couldn't take my eyes off of it! I gave him the nick name of Mr. Flesh Tone at the time and still tease him about it. Ever since then he has helped me with various sets I have purchased.

Last year I picked up an inexpensive 4k Seiki television that had some people commenting on the poor picture quality however, on my set that Mr. Bob personally calibrated, the picture simply pops and anyone who sees it comments on how great it looks.

He's also done my 70" Sharp LCD, 65" Panasonic Plasma and 42" Toshiba LCD sets. These are not top-of-the-line sets either, yet he gets them looking like I spent thousands of dollars on them instead of the few hundred that I did.

Having my sets calibrated has breathed new life into my movie collection and I find myself watching them again to see all the details and depth I had been missing out on.

He is friendly, professional and has a great eye for detail. Basically he knows his stuff and is quite willing to take his time to share his knowledge and answers all my questions.

Final words.... Life's too short to put up with a less than spectacular picture…. Get It Calibrated!
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I made this post a couple of day's ago on Pg. 422 Post#12654 in the ZT owners thread, but forgot to post it here also.


Well today was the day I got our TC-P65ZT60 calibrated. I had the pleasure of Chad B's company. He arrived promptly at the scheduled appt. time where we then discussed viewing habits. After setting up the equipment he spent the next 4.5 hours fine tuning the day, night, and 3D picture modes. During this time Chad was both professional and personable answering all the questions I had .

The pre measurements were all off and all the post are now closer to where they should be. With the RGB almost flat and DE Avg. under 1. When finished it was time to try out the settings, Chad showed some content and I also checked out the settings with content we watch. The day mode with the extra brightness looks like it will help our daytime viewing as the house has many windows. I darkened the room to check out night which is the main viewing for BD movies. The detail and coloring was a lot better then before and I'm looking forward to the latest releases. The 3D mode is a little brighter, as with the depth and color while looking through the glasses more pronounced.

All in all I'm very happy with the way the ZT is now calibrated. I could go on and on but we have a movie to watch. My Thanks go out to Chad again for a job well done and answering questions I'm sure he's answered many time's before.
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Anybody in the Los Angeles/Venice Beach area have any suggestions for a calibrator in the area? I just bought the F8500 and am about to hit the 200 hour mark. I have played with some others suggested calibration and it made a HUGE difference! So I am excited to see what a calibrator can do.
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Anybody in the Los Angeles/Venice Beach area have any suggestions for a calibrator in the area? I just bought the F8500 and am about to hit the 200 hour mark. I have played with some others suggested calibration and it made a HUGE difference! So I am excited to see what a calibrator can do.
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Anybody in the Los Angeles/Venice Beach area have any suggestions for a calibrator in the area? I just bought the F8500 and am about to hit the 200 hour mark. I have played with some others suggested calibration and it made a HUGE difference! So I am excited to see what a calibrator can do.
David Abrams is located in the LA area. UMR and D-Nice both do tours to your area. All three of them have very good reputaions here at AVS.

You can read owner's comments about their work in the links found in post number two of this thread. Check any of the high end plasma display lists.
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David Abrams is located in the LA area. UMR and D-Nice both do tours to your area. All three of them have very good reputaions here at AVS.

You can read owner's comments about their work in the links found in post number two of this thread. Check any of the high end plasma display lists.
I have one question. I live in a loft with floor to ceiling windows directly behind the TV and floor to ceiling windows a distance off in the background. The sun is bright all day long and changes thought out the day. At night my place gets VERY dark. How does the calibrator know the correct setting for my individual TV during these two different times of day? Does he spend the night? LOL

Just curious how he would figure out the dark room setting if he's there during the bright room conditions.
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I have one question. I live in a loft with floor to ceiling windows directly behind the TV and floor to ceiling windows a distance off in the background. The sun is bright all day long and changes thought out the day. At night my place gets VERY dark. How does the calibrator know the correct setting for my individual TV during these two different times of day? Does he spend the night? LOL

Just curious how he would figure out the dark room setting if he's there during the bright room conditions.
they know what the ranges are for the conditions you have.
you can help by adjusting the contrast to a day brightness you like and then
adjust it at night to get a brightness you like.
the calibrator can measure what you have set it at and try and use the same values for you.

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I have one question. I live in a loft with floor to ceiling windows directly behind the TV and floor to ceiling windows a distance off in the background. The sun is bright all day long and changes thought out the day. At night my place gets VERY dark. How does the calibrator know the correct setting for my individual TV during these two different times of day? Does he spend the night? LOL

Just curious how he would figure out the dark room setting if he's there during the bright room conditions.
You should ask one or more of the calibrators that I suggested that question. There is no cure for direct sunlight on a plasma that I know of.
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I have one question. I live in a loft with floor to ceiling windows directly behind the TV and floor to ceiling windows a distance off in the background. The sun is bright all day long and changes thought out the day. At night my place gets VERY dark. How does the calibrator know the correct setting for my individual TV during these two different times of day? Does he spend the night? LOL

Just curious how he would figure out the dark room setting if he's there during the bright room conditions.
It is always much better to have your display calibrated when you can control the room lighting.

Any calibrator that cares will tell you the same.

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I have one question. I live in a loft with floor to ceiling windows directly behind the TV and floor to ceiling windows a distance off in the background. The sun is bright all day long and changes thought out the day. At night my place gets VERY dark. How does the calibrator know the correct setting for my individual TV during these two different times of day? Does he spend the night? LOL

Just curious how he would figure out the dark room setting if he's there during the bright room conditions.
I have a plasma tv. like another poster said there is no cure for plasma tv with bright sunlight. F8500 does put out a lot of light but you still need some light control.

Calibrate a night and day mode.
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Please PM me if you're aware of an owner reporting on a calibration that isn't already linked in posts one and two. I'm only able to find the reports that are in the threads where I'm subscribed. Thanks for the help.
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WOW!!! Just as a follow-up, just had my visit with Mr. Bob Jones, who worked tirelessly for two full (at least 12 hour) days on my Mitsubishi 73909.

Picture is like never before -- absolutely perfect (ah, yes -- Image Perfection. Now I get it!). The application of his knowledge and skills brought out the full potential of this set, and I am truly appreciative. Believe me, I have spent a goodly amount of time today watching all manner of movies, sports, etc thoroughly enjoying the superior picture I had been missing. I am sure that much of what he did would never even occur to 99 percent of others. And, I think he was a bargain.

I understand he has another engagement or two here on the East Coast -- not sure when he now plans to return to California, just know that he extended his trip here for a few more days. Get him if you can!

Anyway, Highly Recommended. Just wanted to take a moment to give credit where it is due.
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So glad I could help, Len. Your excellence as host made my stay much more fun than being just a hefty job. Let me know when you want to get together again!



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Christmas came early for me, last week. When I saw that Mr Bob Jones was in my area I knew the time had come to revive my comatose Mits 65813.

Bob has already detailed (here and here) what was wrong with my set and what he did to get it in fantastic working order. I was concerned when a picture first appeared and it was like a double image of the device selection bar with a gremlin chasing thru the input options. He hadn't seen that weirdness before but suspected the set of front panel buttons may be the cause. We exercised the stiffness out of the buttons and that problem was solved. I really enjoyed watching and helping Bob clean the optics, do the shimming mod and fine tune the colors and image. I learned a lot from Bob's helpful explanations and I'm well prepared to maintain my set for years to come.

Thank you Mr Bob! And to anyone out there with a CRT RPTV with a less than perfect picture, I highly recommend Bob's expertise.
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Enjoyed it immensely, Jim. Especially your help in hefting the triple-gun array with those big 9" CRTs during the shimming op. I could have found a way to do it myself I am sure, but having it be a 2 man operation made everything go so much faster and easier. I have both you and Len to thank for that, really, as he helped out too, on his set. Thanks to both of you!

Jim, have you pushed your viewing chairs forward now, like we talked about, so you're only 8' back from your 65" now, rather than 10'? One of the features of a super-crisp picture is a bigger picture to watch and get immersed in, because of being able to sit so much closer to the screen and have it take up so much more of your field of view. Pushing viewing chairs forward 2' closer to your screen - from 10' back to 8' back instead - increases your actual viewed picture size by 20%, taking up more of your field of view - so fewer distractions from the room - and increasing your immersion factor appreciably, giving you even more hypnotic suspension of disbelief to get spirited away by.

And thanks again for that marvelous Chinese food on that last night! So glad you had already checked out all the Chinese food places in your area and now knew exactly which one to take me to.

I look forward to your re-experiencing lots of movies you have seen before, with your new and UNslewed color paradigm and with now super-crisp HD. I went to work and redid my PerfectColor settings based on some stuff I learned doing your set and can't wait to watch a movie tonight myself!



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I had the pleasure of having Barry Vandenberg of Orlando Digital Tv calibrate my 60 Samsung F8500 on Saturday evening with great results.


Barry was very professional and involved me through the whole process, taking his time and spending some good hours on my set.


He calibrated Movie,Cal Day and Cal Night...


Movie came in at 37 FTL with gamma at 2.30 and measured black levels on continuous mode with reads as low as .0016 for my Blu -ray viewing.


Cal Day - was set at 44 FTL with gamma @ 2.18 for Directv Sports viewing.


Cal Night - was set at 28 FTL with gamma @ 2.2 for Directv primetime hdtv viewing.


According to Barry and the charts Cal- Day calibrated the best with the lowest overall de's....If I knew how to edit the pdf to take out my personal info I would post the pdf's.


After the calibration, Barry threw in some demo material that looked fantastic,I also spent all day sunday watching movies and Football and everything looked great.


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So if your in the Central Florida area I would highly recommend Barry.
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Last weekend I had Randal Robinson (randal_r), in to do a calibration. He is very professional and knowledgeable. The difference is unbelievable. He went above and beyond what I expected and experienced through Best Buy. I can not praise him enough. Thank you Randal.
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Did BB actually do a calibration on the set? Is there a night and day difference now between the 2 cals, theirs vs. Randal's?

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Did BB actually do a calibration on the set? Is there a night and day difference now between the 2 cals, theirs vs. Randal's?

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Yes, BB did do a calibration when we bought the TV. I described the experience to Rayjr in another posting ("Question to all the Pro Calibrators"), I did earlier today.
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While I typically do all my own calibrations now I've had three people come out and do calibrations over the years and all with excellent results. First and foremost is Michael Chen, whose expertise and professional knowledge is second to none. Top that with being one of the nicest guys I know in the industry and he is my all time go to guy for questions on anything calibration related. You won't find a better person for the job anywhere.

Next up is Dave Abrams. Another recognized expert who happens to be a super nice guy. Dave always does a spectacular job and I've heard endless streams of praise for his work from other industry professionals and friends alike. I couldn't recommend him more. I know he does some occasional tours but I think his primary area is the Southern California area.

Last but certainly not least is Tyler Pruitt. Tyler is a frequency contributor to this board and now an employee at Spectracal. I've known Tyler for years and his attention to detail and general know how when it comes to calibration and video is invaluable to me. He's helped me with calibration efforts many times and has done calibrations on my flat panels and projection systems always delivering superb results. Tyler does calibration on the side here in the Seattle area and he is my first and only recommendation for anyone in the area that is looking for a great calibrator for any job.

I'll state right up from that I consider all of these guys to be my friends and I've hung out with all of them many times but I don't think that any bias clouds my judgment for their excellent work.
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Last weekend I had Randal Robinson (randal_r), in to do a calibration. He is very professional and knowledgeable. The difference is unbelievable. He went above and beyond what I expected and experienced through Best Buy. I can not praise him enough. Thank you Randal.
What model TV did you have Randal calibrate?
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