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Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Los Angeles - Whittier, CA
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Seems to me there was a reason the designed/developed passive, balanced passive and balanced active cables. Seems to me, unless you are getting all the packets delivered intact, as sent, you are not getting the whole picture. Whether the display or the individual sees the difference is another issue. An expensive cable does not guarantee accurate packet delivery, the construction and design do. People will always be taken by the numerous snake oil peddlers. The best defense against being taken is to do your homework and gain the knowledge necessary to make an informed purchase decision. I was a big believer in the performance results/improvements achieved by the, NLA, VizionWare active HDMI cables for long runs and their balanced passive HDMI cables for short runs. Point is, they "always" worked and furthermore they always seemed to resolve problematic HDMI issues.
The one thing we must do is realize that we are all individuals. AV Sales personnel and video calibrators do not come with a "BS in video calibration" from USC, MIT, Cal Tec, etc... Any BB, mom & pop store, or high-end store can be the starting point for the unique individual that makes his/her way to great success in the field. I like to think of myself as a fairly knowledgeable, professional calibrator, but my BS-Business from USC didn't start me in video calibration or make me any better at it than another, I feel that was all attributable to my abilities. We are not saying that all BB calibrators are bad, we are stating that the work environment and umbrella of corporate policy can have a profound effect on the acceptable calibration results of a BB calibrator. Additionally, the truly "professional" skilled calibrator may put more emphasis on getting the perfect picture (for that particular system) than doing it in a specified amount of time. IMO, when a BB calibrator is destined to become a "professional calibrator", they will leave the BB employment and become an independent professional calibrator who's personal reputation is on the line with each and every calibration. The effort to achieve desired final results is the same whether it is a $600 TV or a $200K home theater...... If one chooses to go with a BB calibrator or an independent calibrator, they learn a bit about the goal of calibration and should talk with/interview their prospective calibrator. If a calibration is a calibration and price is the only variable one can understand or see, there is not much that can be done.