I'm still pending installation for my ZT60 and am anxious to get it home. I've been reading up on the calibration comments and links - I've also reviewed the CNET settings. In the CNET settings the author indicates that THX Cinema is almost identical in quality to their own settings (and that most people could not tell the difference). I've had several Panasonic Plasma televisions over the years and have never calibrated (so I'm a noob in this regard, I'm also a bit lazy). What advantages might I see with professional calibration versus just using the THX Cinema? Outside of minor enhancement, is there something which makes it worth the time and effort?
Also, a word of advice for those interested in buying their television from Best Buy (as I did). Best Buy does price matching for online stores - they are hesitant initially to match some of the more competitive pricing, but it can be done (particularly if you work with the management in the Magnolia centers). There are a couple of companies/sites that have extremely ridiculous prices (i.e. East Coast TV). Basically, these companies do this by selling their television "as is". In other words, no exchanges (at least, that is how I understand it). There are probably some other tricks, but they remain legitimate competition and many are authorized dealers. The problem with the ZT60 is that Best Buy has a hard cap on the price (even if you have an employee wanting to match a price for it, they can't do it because the national Best Buy system prevents it). That is okay though as long as you buy *other things* with the television. For instance, I got a very high end soundbar. While they couldn't lower the price on the ZT60, they lowered the price on the soundbar (half off). This essentially matched the price I saw for the ZT60 online. The ZT60 was marked down to its lowest price possible as well (at the time, this was 3199). I got the television and soundbar for a ridiculously low price based on their overall retail value. So, long story short, give them other items to play with on price and bring in those ridiculous prices from online (assuming you want/desire/need other things too - but hey, we all want other things right!). They can work some magic if you have multiple items (and you find management wanting to make the sale and willing to work with you).