I had my ZT60 Calibrated on Wed evening by W. Jeff Meier of Accucal ( http://www.accucalhd.com/about.htm
) He did a Video calibration and a "basic" audio calibration.
Summary: OMG!!! He gave me an entire new Home Theater! The improvements he made are just incredible!
I knew I had some issues with my ZT60. I could not get flesh tones correct, but I was pretty happy with the rest of the display. (I used the Sound and Vision settings, and the Sammie settings, and one other setting I think).
He also found some very basic setting errors, that I could not believe I had coded that way, and I will attribute that to me "playing" with my ZT60's settings.
After his calibration, I was amazed at how much better my ZT60 looked. Clarity, depth, color, crispness, overall picture were just awesome.
NOW I have the picture quality I expected to have when I purchased my ZT60.
We almost agreed not to do an Audio calibration as I was talking about eventually getting a new receiver (I have a very nice, but older Pioneer VSX-1015 that has no HDMI inputs), and upgrading my 9 year old Axiom Speakers (after I get my house paid off).
I was never really happy with my Axiom Speakers, as a complete system. I have always loved my L&R M80's, but my VP150 (center channel) and QS8's (surround speakers) left something to be desired, in my opinion. I blamed part of the lack-luster performance on speaker location, and over the years, I found the sweet spot, and so they did get a little better. Also my environment may not have been ideal for the QS8's as I have a Living room-Dining room-kitchen-Foyer with 12 foot sloping ceilings, so maybe a bookshelf or center channel speaker as a surround sound speakers might have been a better choice for my physical environment.
I ran (and re-ran and re-ran) the Pioneer MCACC auto calibration many many times in the last 10 years (my dog hates it when I do that!), so I just figured that I was getting the best I could get out of my receiver and speakers. I thought my ear had gotten rather sophisticated to the sound of my speakers, and it was time to upgrade.
WOW, was I wrong!
Jeff turned my Audio system, into the system that I always wanted. I had wrong (or less than optimal) settings in my receiver, and he manually re-eq'ed my speakers.
I heard bass coming out of my QS8's that I never thought possible. Why did the MCACC not auto correct that????
After the Audio EQ was completed, we listened to some music, and he turned my audio system, into my "dream" system. I realize what I am about to say is not scientific, but Jeff gave me that "near religious experience" that one gets when listening to acoustic music thru high end equipment.
I was expecting to get awesome video, and he gave me that, but I was NOT expecting my audio to improve as much as he improved it.
Jeff was also provided me with a wealth of information. I was not expecting the education that I received that evening.
I forget exactly how Jeff said this, but he said something similar to "he likes to cure people of upgrade-itis"! At some point, I will want to get a new Receiver that has HDMI inputs, but for the next few years, unless something breaks, I am just going to enjoy my Home Theater.
Jeff definitely cured me of my "upgrade-itis"!
My ZT60 was a 7 to 10 year purchase for me, (until OLED get affordable and bugs worked out), so now, every time I watch TV, I have the best Video available, and I also have "near reference sound" for my audio!
Very happy I had the professional calibration done by Jeff. Thanks Jeff!