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I can't wait to get my 60XBR2 calibrated. He is scheduled to show up on the 10th. Let me hear some of the glowing reports from others who had Jeff work on their sets. If you didn't catch him earlier this year, this tour through the mid-west is booked solid.
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Yep. He's doing my new 70" XBR2 this coming Monday morning and a friend of mine's Sony VPL-VW100 SXRD projector Monday night.

Looking forward to it bigtime!

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I can't wait to get my 60XBR2 calibrated. He is scheduled to show up on the 10th. Let me hear some of the glowing reports from others who had Jeff work on their sets. If you didn't catch him earlier this year, this tour through the mid-west is booked solid.


Is this Jeff Meier? If so, he did my Ruby, a fantastic job
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Jeff showed up at my place yesterday morning at about 9am. 7 hours later he was done. My 70XBR2 gave him some trouble with color (it must have been manufactured on a Friday ), and my audio setup is a little on the arcane side.

Jeff is very personable as well as extremely knowledgeable, and he's very forthcoming with information. He also has some wicked equipment that other ISF calibrators do not have access to (a $24,000 color measurement doohickey, are ya kiddin' me?).

He was extremely methodical and thorough. His methods put the ISF calibrator that had done my Mits 3 years ago to shame.

Initially I thought the results were decent, although not earth shattering (we had gone through so many samples and demos on different sources by then, that my head was swimming a bit). It wasn't until after Jeff left and I had a chance to relax and watch and listen to some of my favorite material last night and this morning, that I wound up with a big 'ole sh*t-eating grin.

I watched some of my favorite HD-DVDs: Serenity, The Mummy, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and Constantine.

While I thought the picture on my 70XBR2 was phenomenal before, Jeff's work brings it to a whole new level; it's as if a veil has been lifted in front of the picture.

Biggest areas of improvement:

1. Sharpness. My set had a slight misconvergence, and fixing that had a huge impact on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.

2. Color, color, color. The color is soooooooooooo much more accurate and realistic now.

This has reinforced even further my desire to only watch movies on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. Regular DVD is as useless as t*ts on a bull, with satellite HD-lite only slightly better.


Now... what I wasn't expecting: the improvement in my audio. I guess I really had no clue just how sh*tty my audio configuration actually was. Jeff reconfigured and equalized my entire system, and the difference is monumental. It sounds like a completely different system. It sounds better tonally, and the difference in balance is light years improved.

If you're getting an ISF calibration done and it doesn't include audio, you're losing out bigtime. Jeff said (and would I agree, based on the improvements I hear) that the vast majority of people, including enthusiasts and professionals, believe their audio is configured correctly... and 99% of them are wrong.

Major thumbs up, and my thanks to Jeff!

P.S. To those who have said that Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is "soft" and not a good example of HD, I give a hearty *THPPT*. Those people have never seen it on a large calibrated screen. The picture on that film is so incredibly engaging, and the use of color throughout so magnificent, that I believe it deserves far more acclaim than it receives. Simply amazing.

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Jeff showed up at my place yesterday morning at about 9am. 7 hours later he was done.

Thanks for the report.

I've included it in the owner's calibration reports list that is linked at the bottom of my post.

Enjoy
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This has reinforced even further my desire to only watch movies on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. Regular DVD is as useless as t*ts on a bull, with satellite HD-lite only slightly better.

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Which HD-DVD player do you have? Did he calibrate that to the TV as well?
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I'm using the Toshiba XA2.

Running HDMI to the 70XBR2, if the display is calibrated well, and if the output settings are set properly on the XA2 and PS3, there is no need to "calibrate" the source units. Jeff did quite a bit of testing both SD and HD material on both the XA2 and the PS3 to verify that things were looking correctly.

That begs the question: If you're routing several HDMI signals through either a receiver or HDMI switchbox to a single HDMI input on the display, how exactly would you calibrate the individual sources anyway? I suppose you could start going in and tweaking contrast/brightness/hue/etc. settings at the source level, but ideally you shouldn't need to (and that's really not calibration anyway)...

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Is this Jeff Meier? If so, he did my Ruby, a fantastic job

Thanks for the report. Did Jeff work on your audio?

I've included your report in the list that's linked at the bottom of my post.
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Thanks for the report. Did Jeff work on your audio?

I've included your report in the list that's linked at the bottom of my post.

We played with it, yes
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I'm using the Toshiba XA2.

Running HDMI to the 70XBR2, if the display is calibrated well, and if the output settings are set properly on the XA2 and PS3, there is no need to "calibrate" the source units. Jeff did quite a bit of testing both SD and HD material on both the XA2 and the PS3 to verify that things were looking correctly.
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That is the player I am waiting for. Did he adjust/move the factory default settings and if so, which ones to what amount. That would save me a lot of lamp hours on the Ruby Thanks
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No settings were adjusted on the XA2.

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No settings were adjusted on the XA2.

That is not true.

CharlesJ,

Drop me an email and I will tell you what to set in your XA2.
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That is not true.

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Drop me an email and I will tell you what to set in your XA2.

My mistake. I'd forgotten about the mosquito noise setting; I wasn't thinking regular DVD.

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Is this Jeff Meier? If so, he did my Ruby, a fantastic job

Yes it's Jeff Meier.
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Yep. He's doing my new 70" XBR2 this coming Monday morning and a friend of mine's Sony VPL-VW100 SXRD projector Monday night.

Looking forward to it bigtime!

hey nice to see a native from my hometown. Jeff just did my pioneer pdp5080 plasma, and I think I might of told your friend about jeff's service when he came to job at good vibes.

Heck I might even know you.
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Jeff was by last night to calibrate my 60XBR. He got there around 5PM and it was about 10:30 when he left (on his way to Detroit to continue his tour). Well, I must say that you can believe the hype about his work, knowledge and the equipment he totes along. Jeff has been calibrating audio/video for so long that if you watch him work you can tell that it's second nature. I thought about leaving the room to let him do his thing in peace, but instead I stuck around so that I could learn a few things.

To my eyes and anyone else who saw my set before last nights calibration, it looked good. But, test revealed otherwise. To start off with, the color Grey was bluish, and the other colors also needed adjusting. Picture sharpness and black level were also way off. After correcting these errors, the picture is now much sharper and the colors have snapped in line and look much better than before. Details in shadows are now much more discernable and the color black is deeper. Jeff went into the service menu with no hesitation and changed certain settings. I had one HDMI input , the PC input and one component input calibrated as well as the tuner. Jeff calibrated the grey scale, color temps and fine tuned the sharpness. He also did something that made 720P programs (ABC) snap into focus. As for the audio, what I am hearing now is much more cohesive that what I had before. All the speakers are working together as opposed to one or more standing out in the crowd. They are now blending together like never before. I thought the Audessey settings on my Onkyo 605 were better than what I got with my previous reciever (Pioneer 1014) and they were but after Jeff changed the crossovers and levels (and corrected something I had wrong on the sub) the SQ was now better than Onklyo's Audessey and Pioneers Auto MACC. At first I was stymied by him dumping the automatic settings but my ears heard a big difference that I couldn't dismiss. I am so impressed with the PQ and AQ that I wish I had the day off to play some movies and music (also need to cut the grass get my hair cut and replace a sewer pump). To sum it up, I use to have a 36 inch HD TV by Princeton. I had a local guy come out and calibrate it but I never got the feeling that he really knew what he was doing and quickly lost confidence in him. After he was done I couldn't tell the difference from before and after. Also he never communicated anything in regards to what he was doing. From testimonials here, I was already looking forward to having Jeff work on my audio/video system and once he arrived and began to talk, I knew he was "The Man." Jeff's work is so good that I consider it a privilege to have him over. My system has a PS3, the original Xbox, a Sega Dreamcast (PC input), dual cassette deck, Phillips CD recorder, Technics record player and Toshiba AX2. For speakers I have HSU Ventriloquist system and HSU VTF-2 sub. Jeff had never heard the Ventriloquist speakers but was familiar with the larger book shelf speakers that HSU sells. He was surprised at how good the HSU speakers and sub blended and sounded. I already had the sub when I found the Ventriloquist on close out at Comp USA for a mere 129.00.

I would recommend Jeff to anyone who is in the market for a professional calibration. He is also a very pleasant person to talk to and though he has much knowledge on the subject of audio/video he is also able to communicate it to you in laymans terms. I'm sure there are other competent guys out there that can do a good job but Jeff is at the top of my one name list.
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Jeff was by last night to calibrate my 60XBR.

Thanks for the report. I've included it in the list of owner's reports that is linked at the bottom of my post.

Enjoy.
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Jeff was by last night to calibrate my 60XBR. He got there around 5PM and it was about 10:30 when he left (on his way to Detroit to continue his tour). Well, I must say that you can believe the hype about his work, knowledge and the equipment he totes along. Jeff has been calibrating audio/video for so long that if you watch him work you can tell that it's second nature. I thought about leaving the room to let him do his thing in peace, but instead I stuck around so that I could learn a few things. ...

I would recommend Jeff to anyone who is in the market for a professional calibration. He is also a very pleasant person to talk to and though he has much knowledge on the subject of audio/video he is also able to communicate it to you in laymans terms. I'm sure there are other competent guys out there that can do a good job but Jeff is at the top of my one name list.

Thank you for the kind comments. It was a pleasure working with you.
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Major thumbs up, and my thanks to Jeff!

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Thank you!
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Jeff, coming to Arizona anytime soon?
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November.

http://www.accucalhd.com/tours.htm

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Just wanted to drop a quick note regarding Accu-Cal and the calibration performed by Jeff Meier, whom I believe goes by UMR on these boards.

After hearing many glowing reports on Accu-Cal and specifically on Jeff I contacted him in November of last year. I will willing to wait for his next tour of the Seattle/Portland area and I finally got the work done on August of 2007.

Let me tell you it was well worth the wait. My gear includes a Sony 70 SXRD2, Denon 5800, Martin Logan SL3s, Logos center and sunfire sub.

Personally I was happy with the Sony before calibration but Jeff really made it shine. Apparently the panels were out of alignment from the factory and of course the contrast/brightness/colors were way off. The work performed with my sound system was nothing short of miraculous. I can't believe what I had been missing all these years.

Jeff was a pleasure to work with and well worth the wait. The price was more than reasonable as well. Heck it was less than $100/hr, a bargain considering that he had to travel from TX to get the work done.

Considering the amount of money we enthusiasts have tied up in our gear it is well worth it getting them professionally calibrated. Even with my modest investment in gear I feel that it was a bargain.

Thanks again Jeff and I hope you and yours are doing well.
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Just wanted to drop a quick note regarding Accu-Cal and the calibration performed by Jeff Meier, whom I believe goes by UMR on these boards.

Thanks for the report. I've included it in the owner's list that is linked at the bottom of my post.

I'll bet the XBR2 owner's thread would like to read it too.

Enjoy.
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