Originally Posted by hoosierdaddie
Just ordered the 60ST60 and it will be here 8/22. I plan on running slides for 200 hours and then looping full screen Blu-ray Pixar content for the next 300 hours. My question is this. If I have a free calibration from a so-called ISF certified Geek Squad member (lol), would you get it or would you steer clear of this? My biggest concern is that I don't want them in my service menu screwing stuff up. Does this tv require going into the service menu? Also, what equipment do they use? Do they use high end equipment like some of the reputable calibrators on here.I had originally planned on using D-nice's settings but seeing that I get a free calibration from BBY, it could be a better route to go. I would love to spend the money to have someone like Chad B. do it, but after the TV and the equivalent amount spent on audio, I've hit the top end of my budget for the next few months. Some great insight would be appreciated.
I think results have varied, but in my experience, I would not have a Geek Squad calibrator come out again. I had it done for free, too. I wouldn't ever
pay for it. Not that he ruined my picture, not at all. He gave me a good starting point to do my own tweaks I guess, but I don't need one again from them.
It's worth professional calibration. I don't know if it is on the ST60, but it sure is on the F8500 (Samsung).
Tell you what, though... I get one free Geek Squad service every year for my Premiere Silver membership; I haven't yet used mine this year, and I don't plan on doing so either. If you would like to try and do the GS calibration as a test-drive dummy to see if it's optimal (seeing that it would be free), send me a PM and maybe we can see if they'll do it for you under my membership. I guarantee you they won't hurt your TV, so long as you save your settings or know how to reset them. They might make the picture worse, but that's not normally the case. I'm just saying they don't touch enough controls, use enough equipment, or stay long enough to get something within the proximity or accuracy of a Chad B. or somebody like that.
But hey, for free it's worth a shot. For money? No, not worth the shot. Spend the extra money for professional calibration if you're going that route. Otherwise, shoot me a PM and maybe we can work something out.
That said, I had a professional calibrator come out and work on my TV. His white balance settings were fine, but some others (color space, etc.) needed some fine-tuning. Make sure you find a good calibrator. Chad B. sounds like the best choice out there.