Originally Posted by dkoshak
Panasonic TH46PZ85 Calibration - Has anyone out there had their new Panasonic plasma set calibrated? If so are the ISF techs going into a service port to do this or is there another way to calibrate a TV (other than simply adjusting the menu settings on the remote control)? There is some red push on my 46PZ85 and I'm wondering if a single calibration (Best Buy wants $300 for their Geek Squad guy...) applies to all the inputs or if each input has to be seperately calibrated? Also the Panny offers two Black Level settings, Light or Dark...does calibration help make the "Dark" setting more useable (currently the Dark setting really ruins shadow detail in dark scenes but conversely, it helps colors to really "pop" when you tune in a bright scene like an outdoor sporting event). Ultimately, I want my skin-tones to be more natural but it seems I'm always playing with the tint and color controls (adjusting on the fly) to get the red-level just right. Once I do this the color balance is quite good but given the limits of the Panny's color controls it's never quite as good as a set which features white balance controls for gain and bias. Should I spend $300 bucks for calibration????
IMO, yes you should pay $300 (or thereabouts) for calibrtion if you want your display be as accurate as it can be. As Michael said, the BB guy may be fine or not. They are not the only source for display calibrations. You can find local calibrators at www.isfforum.com
- click the "find a calibrator" link not too far from the top of the left column in the Main Menu section. Some calibrators work for dealers or home theater installers, some work for big retailers like Best Buy, and some calibrators are independents who run their own business. There is a big range of calibration instrumentation and software used by calibrators also... all the way from a modest ~$1000 setup up to ~$15,000 or more in a high end meter like the Konica-Minolta CS-200 and Photo Research PR
-650/670 with high-end analysis software from Datacolor. Laughably, some BB customers are told that BB calibrators use $30,000 tools to calibrate video displays when the truth is what they use is closer to $5000. Other times, customers are given an accurate description of what tools are used and what to expect from the calibration.
There are no controls for removing the red push on the Panasonic PDPs that have red push - so you are stuck with that. I have seen that on other PZ85U models I've calibrated also. It's not usually terrible, but it is there.
You need the service menu to make the gray scale more accurate. The Panasonic service menu is a PITA and the only things in there of help with the PZ85U are the RGB cuts and gains to make the gray scale more accurate. All other calibration adjustments have to be made with user menu controls.