I won't yet mention who pitched this to me, but here is what I was promised for a ISF Calibration on my VIZIO 50" Plasma VPS505 (VPS505XVT1A).
The service ($200 to $300) will:
1) Lowers the power consumption enough to lower your electrical bill (thus paying for itself in < 12 months). Seriously?
2) Extends the life of the display, and I am paraphrasing: "because it is easier on the components, the display runs cooler, and the power supply does not have to work as hard.
3) Display a much wider range of colors versus the out of the box settings. This was demonstrated to me by a set of plasmas sitting side by side where one had been configured with their service. I agreed that the "ISF calibrated" display was much better.
I get that an ISF calibration will make it look better, but is all that true? If it is true, it sure sounds like you must get to the 'service menu' to change things well beyond what Vizio gives you in the menu options.
I have been reading in the forums for a while, but still don't get a few things about ISF calibration. There are so many varying opinions on the safety of ISF calibration. Specifically to my Vizio, is it that dangerous? Do you need hardware to calibrate this display? Where do you find the 'codes' to see the service menu. I had also hoped to find someone posting their configured settings.
If it is that important to have ISF calibration done, I seriously don't get why manufacturers don't have a 'recommended' setting in the menu that tries to give you the best picture possible while extending the life of your display.
One more, can anyone tell me what is really changed behind the scenes in the different modes (movie, standard, sports, etc)? Do those change settings that cannot be touched without access to the service menu?
Much thanks for any help.