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RobMason talked about both my calibration and my repair work when he sent in screenshots of the finished product after my work on his Elite 710 starting at post #5181 at this thread -

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I had my Pioneer Elite PRO-1150 calibrated by Robert Busch of Busch Home Theater in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA a couple of weeks ago. I bought the Pioneer Elite 111 in the hopes of selling the 1150 but I was unable to so the 111 went back to BB. This is why I decided to calibrate the 1150.

Robert confirmed the scheduled date a couple of days ahead of time which my wife and I thought was very professional. The first thing Robert did was to check my PS3 and Receiver settings since I am using Blu Ray only for the Pioneer. I am glad that he did since there were some settings that were wrong.

Robert is a very nice guy, very professional, and has the most amazing equipment. The Konica/Minolta camera of his really impressed me and he took the time to show me how far off the Pioneer potential was. My settings were at 60% of the sets potential which really surprised me. The calibration itself took about four hours due to our chats.

The new image is absolutely breathtaking and even my wife notices the differences. For her to notice any change on a TV is the highest compliment that can be paid I can assure you. To me it is like a new set.

I am also one of those guys that felt to just set it and forget it but after seeing what Robert has done here I am now a firm believer. Professional Calibration is worth every penny. Robert explained to me that the set should be checked every two years. If calibration is taken into that context then it is a small cost per day.

I would hire Robert again in two years to check the present settings since he has transformed my Pioneer.

Robert Busch is highly recommended by me and he has a special until May.

Check him out at buschhometheater.com


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Chad is the Man. Chad Billheimer, a professional who I consider myself lucky to have found has been an incredible help. He did a Panasonic Pro 8UK plasma three years ago that is still going strong. Recently he did a Pioneer Kuro 6010 and made it just about perfect to my eyes. But then, as he was finishing up with it I said that I did not think that a picture could get much better than my set-up. He thought about it and politely said that, for him, CRT projection was king. Well we kept in touch and when I recently bought a new house (with a dedicated basement for a projector), I asked him to coordinate a system within a tight budget. Obviously the projector would be used and also we had to find a screen and Lumagen processor to bring out the full capebilities of CRT. The Screen we chose was a Carada Brilliant White 110" 16/9 (new). By checking online sources, Chad found a deal on an HDQ and then got ahold of an Electrohome 8500 via Govt. auction. He then suggested that I buy his G70 Sony due to space constraints in his theatre room. All this sounded complicated to me, and I never would have done it were it not for the fact that I trust him so much. After all was said and done, all I can say is that the mighty Chad was right on. The picture is amazing. It took many hours and 2 seperate trips, I needed to paint the room Black to achieve the full effect, but all is now in place and doing fine. The blue and green tubes are almost new, 250 hours or so and the red is about 1000. Fade to black is something you must experience first hand. The blacks are so deep and the picture so detailed from Blu-Rays like Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale, that it simply goes beyond video to actual theatre. Yes at this size light output is at the edge of it's capacity, but it doesen't seem to be a problem on most of the material I have tried. Chad is someone who has spent countless hours working for me, answering his phone and always being honest about what was possible on my budget. In the end, if it haden't been for him, the jaw-droping pictures that I am seeing would not have been attainable. Find Chad, and get him to either calibrate your display or maybe, if you are wondering what the state-of-the-art looks like, and you can dedicate a room to it, he can assemble a CRT based system for you that will be beyond what current LCD LCos or DLP can offer, and do it for less than 60" Plasma, maybe way less. I don't mean to sound like a commercial, but he is that good.
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Chad is the Man. Chad Billheimer, a professional who I consider myself lucky to have found has been an incredible help.

I've included two links to your reports about the new dedicated theater in your new basement. Enjoy.
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Eliab was here yesterday to calibrate the Pioneer 111-FD. Great work and a really cool guy. We shot the breeze as he did his thing and it was enjoyable. It looks fantastic. D-Nice's settings were pretty close, just a little too green...and it is important to note that I did not do the strict 150 hour break-in without TV watching.

As for the actual calibration, the depth and clarity are most easily recognizable. The TV was already terrific, this just takes it up a few notches...which is pretty amazing. Also, now I have true white on all-white backgrounds. Before there was a beige cast. Not anymore. It's the type of thing that is worth the money if you want the most accurate picture out of your TV. You can more easily differentiate slight differences in black, see more detail...it's all there. If you are on the fence just do it.

I also want to give a shout to Chad B. He calibrated my Sony A3000 and we were just having some difficulty coordinating a time for him to do the 111. He is based in Ohio and I am in NY. No matter what, when you go with one of the experts such as Eliab, Chad or others, you know what you are getting. They're not only great at their work but also good, honest people. A nice feature as far as I am concerned when we're talking about letting a stranger into your home...even one as messy as mine.
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A week ago I had my CRT RPTV (Pioneer SD533HD5) calibrated by Gregg Loewen of Lion AV. Gregg arrived on time, and got right to work. Unfortunately, due to the age of my set, it didn't want to come apart. Gregg had to work a little harder than usual, but managed to remove the screen. Next came a cleaning of the optics, and a partial lining of the cabinet. After a restacking of the screen and focusing, the TV was put back together.

Out came the laptop and signal generators, and the gray scale/color adjustments were made. This was followed by convergence adjustments. A little fine tuning of my blu ray player (Pioneer BD51) and my laser disc player (Pioneer Elite CLD99/yeah, I still have one of these), and the calibration was complete. We next viewed some material on blu ray, with Gregg pointing out some changes from the calibration (increased detail, proper black levels, correct color, etc..) During the whole process, Gregg would let me know what he as doing, and answered any questions I had. He's a very friendly, nice guy. My three year old daughter really enjoyed talking with him!

Results. The TV looks great. The colors really pop, and the picture has much more detail. The screen restack got rid of the glare, and improved the picture depth. The set has a definite film-like quality to it. I highly recommend Gregg to calibrate any set, old or new.
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A week ago I had my CRT RPTV (Pioneer SD533HD5) calibrated by Gregg Loewen of Lion AV.

Thanks for your calibration report. I've included it in the RPTV (Post#1) list at the top of this thread. Enjoy.
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A week ago I had my CRT RPTV (Pioneer SD533HD5) calibrated by Gregg Loewen of Lion AV. Next came a cleaning of the optics

I hope he removed each lens and cleaned underneath it as well, both on the lens rear and the CRT coolant cover of each gun. If not, half the job is still not done, on restoring a crystal clear light path.

6 additional surfaces get cleaned that way, and at your set's age, and being a Pioneer with the air gap those sets all had of that brand, the "deeper optics" cleaning is absolutely essential. There are 10 surfaces that need it on your set at its current age. If only the mirror and lens tops were done, that's only 4. As such the majority of the clarity your set is truly capable of, is still ahead.

I am sure Gregg did that, as he is a consumate professional. But not all calibrators are as rabid on optics cleaning as I am. So I just thought I'd put that out there so you can doublecheck it JIC, I have not chatted with him about it for awhile...



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PS - half the units of your model had the same PS board as the x10 series - or in your case the 532 series - and cold solder joints on those boards have been letting go left and right because of a poor soldering job done on them at the factory. Years later those weak joints are starting to let go, and we never know which ones will let go first.

If you have noticed any intermittent spurious events like blue flashes, abrupt brightness fluctuations or even shutdowns, unplug your set immediately and contact me. If caught early we can alway save these sets when this stuff comes up. If the owner doesn't take swift action and things get worse - then not so much...

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Hey Mr Bob!
Gregg removed each lens and cleaned all surfaces. I'd say he's also rabid on optics cleaning!

The only problem I've had so far with the set was the ICs. I'll keep an eye out for those other bad events.

I'm an avid reader of the 'Don't Dump your CRT" thread. It actually convinced me to hold on to the TV, not buy a new one, and just get it calibrated.
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Awesome! On all counts.

Go Gregg! -




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PS - if your PS bd is mounted on the floor of your set you won't have to worry about those cold solder joints cropping up.

Only the sets of your series where the PS bd was vertically mounted to the bulkhead of your set use the same board as their year before's model, which had all the problems. If you follow the power cord, it leads straight to the PS bd. If you look in from the back, the ventilation holes might allow you to see what's going on in there without removing the back.


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Yesterday i had my pioneer 6020 calib. by david abrams of L.A. based AVICAL.
the calib.was this year's birthday gift to myself. i'm a noobie at this home theater stuff,and was a skeptic about the merits of a pro. calib.
well i'm a skeptic no longer! david is good. david is a true pro.,and expert in his field. he does'nt just tell you what he's doing,but also explains it and shows you. which is real important for someone with my limited knowledge of home theater. WOW the picture on my 6020 now is simply stunning! the 3-d look of the picture ,and details i've not noticed before , and lifelike color's just stunning. i highly recommend david abrams to anyone thinking about having their display calib. thanks david for the gift that keeps on giving.
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Yesterday i had my pioneer 6020 calib. by david abrams of L.A. based AVICAL.com.

Thanks for your calibration report. I reposted it in the non-Elite owner's thread so that other owners will have a better chance to see it.
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I purchased my new Pioneer Pro-151 3 weeks ago and thought the picture was very good out of the box but decided to have it calibrated by someone well respected in Northern California, so I called Robert Busch and arranged to have him come over today. After we had properly darkened my viewing environment Bob went though a series of calibrations that were designed to make the Pioneer as accurate as possible. I will suffice it to say colors are vibrant and blacks are even better than they were before. I now get inky blacks which are amazing and compelling to say the least. Blacks by themselves wouldn't be worth much if there wasn't the requisite shadow detail to match. I can certainly judge source quality much better now because this television is now so revealing.
I will update this in the near future as I am now just beginning to evaluate the scope of the results of his calibration. The picture seems to be much smoother and artifact free. It is a pure joy to watch programs and am looking forward to view live sporting events So car so good and I must say I'm even enjoying watching the side pillar boxing as well because in some instances appears to be darker than the bezel, who would have thought, thanks Robert for doing such a nice job.

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I purchased my new Pioneer Pro-151 3 weeks ago and thought the picture was very good out of the box but decided to have it calibrated by someone well respected in Northern California, so I called Robert Busch and arranged to have him come over today.

It would be better for other owners if you post your report in the 9G Elite thread.
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Here is a detailed listing of a calibration report from a professional calibrator. http://www.tweaktv.com/dave-evans/ca...aphs-mean.html
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Yesterday I had the pleasure of having Prather Warren of Innovative Home Media (based in Baton Rouge, LA) come out and calibrate my Samsung HL61a750. Prather had a great sense of humor and was easy to talk to. He explained everything he was doing, and answered all my questions. I really couldn't recommend him enough. He's really a great guy, and it was a lot of fun being able to talk to someone in person who was so knowledgeable about so much AVS stuff.

The TV looked great before Prather did anything IMO, but after he was done it was simply amazing. I couldn't believe some of the things I was missing. The whites and blacks look great now, and the other colors are much truer.

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My successful efforts in saving literally TONS of Pioneer Elite CRT RPTVs - so far - was acknowledged at this thread today -

Post 1805 at this thread -

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post16388908


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Yesterday i had my pioneer 6020 calib. by david abrams of L.A. based AVICAL.
the calib.was this year's birthday gift to myself. i'm a noobie at this home theater stuff,and was a skeptic about the merits of a pro. calib.
well i'm a skeptic no longer! david is good. david is a true pro.,and expert in his field. he does'nt just tell you what he's doing,but also explains it and shows you. which is real important for someone with my limited knowledge of home theater. WOW the picture on my 6020 now is simply stunning! the 3-d look of the picture ,and details i've not noticed before , and lifelike color's just stunning. i highly recommend david abrams to anyone thinking about having their display calib. thanks david for the gift that keeps on giving.

Seconded...I've had him do 2 calibrations now (a 5020FD last year and a 111FD just this past evening) and he gives it his all.
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Seconded...I've had him do 2 calibrations now (a 5020FD last year and a 111FD just this past evening) and he gives it his all.

If you can write an owner's report for each of your displays and post them in the owner's threads, I will be delighted to include them in the flat panel list in Post#2 of this thread.

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Hello,

I would like to thank Greta Colgan from Beyond-The-Studs for the calibration of my PRO 111FD KURO Elite. Very Nice Work!

She arrived on time, set up her Sencor and notebook and proceeded to calibrate the set. It took some time due to some comm problems using ControlCAL and a faulty serial cable. I had a spare serial cable which she used and the work continued will no issues.

Greta calibrated 2 HDMI inputs for isfNIGHT and isfDAY. I talked to her while she worked, got some very good info while talking shop, and she is quite funny. A pleasure to work with.

After the calibration, all I can say is WOW. I did not know what an Elite can do until after the Calibration was complete. Excellent Color, Detail, Brightness, and inky Blacks! Watching "The Dark Knight" BD disc was a pleasure! Money well spent! It is a waste of money NOT to properly calibrate an Elite.

My wife who is the harshest critic in the house loves the set now! I can't get her off of it. I asked her "how is the picture now?" She replied "PERFECT". She compared the 111FD to a Sammy PN42A450 and always liked the Sammy better. To be fair, the Sammy has about 2500 Hrs on it so its broken in well.

If you are on the fence about calibration, jump down and get it done!

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I would like to thank Greta Colgan from Beyond-The-Studs for the calibration of my PRO 111FD KURO Elite. Very Nice Work!

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This is a great owner's report, and it would be even better in the owner's thread for your display. That way, other owners will have a better chance to read it.

The Official Pioneer 9G Elite KURO Owner's Discussion Thread

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Hello,

I would like to thank Greta Colgan from Beyond-The-Studs for the calibration of my PRO 111FD KURO Elite. Very Nice Work!

She arrived on time, set up her Sencor and notebook and proceeded to calibrate the set. It took some time due to some comm problems using ControlCAL and a faulty serial cable. I had a spare serial cable which she used and the work continued will no issues.

Greta calibrated 2 HDMI inputs for isfNIGHT and isfDAY. I talked to her while she worked, got some very good info while talking shop, and she is quite funny. A pleasure to work with.

After the calibration, all I can say is WOW. I did not know what an Elite can do until after the Calibration was complete. Excellent Color, Detail, Brightness, and inky Blacks! Watching "The Dark Knight" BD disc was a pleasure! Money well spent! It is a waste of money NOT to properly calibrate an Elite.

My wife who is the harshest critic in the house loves the set now! I can't get her off of it. I asked her "how is the picture now?" She replied "PERFECT". She compared the 111FD to a Sammy PN42A450 and always liked the Sammy better. To be fair, the Sammy has about 2500 Hrs on it so its broken in well.

If you are on the fence about calibration, jump down and get it done!

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I have talked to 2 video calibrators. One is IFS qualified, the other is not. Both have good references. needless to say the Non-ISF calibrator is much less. The non-ISF guy said his equipment costs about $2,500, he said the ISF guys have equipment in the $10K to 15K range. Thoughts on the 2 approaches. I am sorry if this is the wrong thread.
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On Wednesday afternoon I had the pleasure of having Gregg Loewen visit my apartment. He worked on my all Pioneer Elite setup which has a Kuro 111FD, a 05FD BD player and a 01THX AV receiver. Gregg calibrated my Kuro 111FD for Pure, ISF Day and ISF Night modes. He also did a 5400K Movie mode for me to view old black & white movies (my request). I have a funny feeling that I will be leaving the Kuro on the ISF Night mode the majority of the time.

All I can say is what a difference his calibration made. I thought that the Pure mode settings that I had been using based on D-Nice's settings were extremely good, but once I viewed the ISF modes that Gregg calibrated on my Kuro I am now hooked on recommending a professional calibration to all of my friends. This definitely makes a big difference on the Kuros.
All I can say is OMG!!!

In addition he installed a Ideal Lume Standard Light on the back of my Kuro at no extra charge as I had purchased the light from his website. http://www.lionav.com The light really makes a difference when viewing the Kuro in a dark room setting.

Gregg also checked out my audio settings. This included making sure my AV receiver was correctly set up, that all speakers were on the correct size, that I had the correct crossover timing and phase and was SPL balanced. He then made a number of adjustments in my 01THX receiver. I had done the Pioneer auto MCACC setup and he showed me how they were not accurate. He also changed the positioning of my speakers by toeing them in to my sweet spot on the sofa. After he was finished I could definitely hear the difference.

Gregg took the time to properly explain everything in a step by step manner about what he was doing and answered all of my questions no matter how ridiculous they were. He is a true professional and I highly recommend him to everyone.
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I've had Gregg come out and calibrate two sets for me in the past few months - a Hitachi 57S500 CRT RPTV and a new Samsung 67A750 DLP. In both cases, I found Gregg to be exceedingly professional as well as very personable. He is very good at explaining what he's doing and why he's doing it, as well as freely answering any questions I had for him, no matter how dumb.

The first calibration he did for me was on my Hitachi CRT RPTV. He gave me plenty of advance notice, as well as a nice list of pre-visit housekeeping tasks that would help the process go smoother, and was very responsive to questions I emailed him prior to his arrival. He showed up right when I was expecting him, unpacked his equipment, and got started - removing the glare screen and restacking it, doing a full cleaning of my optics, and once that was done and everything was reassembled, getting out his image analysis equipment and really getting to work.

He spent probably about an hour in the service menu just doing grayscale tweaks, and after that he spent another hour getting my convergence and geometry in good shape. After that, he checked every one of my inputs to make sure I had the correct user settings, and finished off by showing me some reference material and pointing out the improvements he had made - which he really didn't have to do at all, as the image was so much better than what I'd been used to I couldn't believe I was watching the same TV!

A few months afterward, I unfortunately messed up my screen and decided I needed a new set (hence why I joined AVS). I actually sent Gregg a few emails asking him for his opinion on some of the sets I was looking at, and to my surprise, Gregg was very responsive and gave me great advice. After that, I knew I wanted to have him come out and calibrate whatever new set I got - which turned out to be the Samsung DLP, which he came by and calibrated this past Monday.

Knowing the drill at this point, I spent a pleasurable two hours watching Gregg work (there was no screen to modify, lenses to clean, or convergence to fix, after all) and am quite happy with the job he did. There wasn't quite the WOW factor as when he fixed up my Hitachi - one of the reasons I got the Sammy was because of its reputation for good OOB performance - but there were definitely some improvements to be made, and it was nice to have him check all of my input devices to make sure their settings were correct.

I highly recommend Gregg Loewen - he's an incredibly knowledgeable and skilled calibrator who's also a good guy to hang around with for a few hours. I'm attaching the pre- and post-calibration reports he emailed me after each visit, so everybody can see for themselves what he was able to do.

 

57S500_pre.pdf 85.1396484375k . file

 

57S500_post.pdf 82.7607421875k . file

 

67A750_pre.pdf 123.8740234375k . file

 

67A750_post.pdf 126.7451171875k . file
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Amazing! That was what my 151FD looked like after I had it calibrated by Robert Busch from the Bay Area CA . He was a man on a mission with a passion for what he does and some cool equipment to help him get there. We still had fun along the way. After he was done we sat and watched multiple movie scenes and also gave my new Elite SC-05 AVR a good workout! What a blast. He even took the time to help me tweak my speaker positions and levels. All I can say is wow. What an amazing TV and AVR combo.

As a side note, I faithfully followed the 150 hour DVD burn-in (Thanks Evangelo2!) and with the help of ControlCAL (Thanks Turbe!) I entered the D-Nice settings for ISF-Day and ISF-Night (Thanks D-Nice!). This was a welcomed improvement from where the TV was out of the box but the professional calibration squeezed a little more out of the gray scale and improved the picture in several other areas. I thought the professional calibration was worth the extra money (Thanks Robert!), especially since Robert also walked through all of my other equipment and made sure it was all setup right (which it wasn't! ).

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Jeff Meier calibrated my Kuro Elite Pro 111-FD. Simply put, don't look anywhere else for a calibration. Jeff is superb! I can't imagine a better guy to do a calibration.

I was using the settings from Home Theater magazine's review, and the post-calibration picture was a huge improvement. I was skeptical about getting a calibration, thinking that since I relied on the magazine's settings I'd be fine, but Jeff pointed out the flaws and the end result was simply superb. Absolutely worth the price of the calibration. If you have any doubt at all whether a calibration is worthwhile, just do it. And don't bother going to anyone but Jeff. You'll be thrilled with the result. A former engineer, Jeff has a wealth of knowledge and I was 100% confident in his abilities. He loves audio and video, loves what he does, and it shows. It was such a fun, educational, fascinating experience.

He didn't calibrate my audio since I just use 2-channel, but when I upgrade to surround, I will absolutely hire Jeff to act as a consultant to help decide what equipment to buy, consult on room setup, and the do the video and audio calibration.

I am super anal about my electronics and picture quality, and I spent hours researching calibrators. I am absolutely thrilled I picked Jeff and can't wait to work with him again.

Thank you, Jeff, for your terrific work.

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Would it be reasonable to ask for the calibration profile file when the calibrator completes your calibration. That way if I needed to change something simple, brightness/contrast/sharpness, I could use my control cal?

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Would it be reasonable to ask for the calibration profile file when the calibrator completes your calibration. That way if I needed to change something simple, brightness/contrast/sharpness, I could use my control cal?

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ControlCAL can be used to Read/Get the current Control values for the ISFccc Memories. If you change the Contrast and/or Brightness Controls, you would most likely need to recheck/redo the calibration. You could change Controls like Pure Cinema and Sharpness as many ControlCAL users do. You could possibly write down the final settings for a ISFccc memory while your Calibrator is still there (for backup) - just talk to them and ask.

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