I am pleased to give a report of my recent calibration of my Samsung 64F8500 panel.
The TV is about 1 year old. After it was "burned in" I contacted Chad B for a calibration, and was placed in the queue.
Do not doubt, that I often second-guessed myself on the wisdom of this, and wondered whether I should cancel the calibration request. This 64F8500 replaced an 8G Kuro (that had only been adjusted by me using consumer-level calibrations discs), and after my consumer-level adjustment of the 64F8500, it is was clearly the best picture that I had ever had. So, did I really need to pay for further calibration?
I went through with the commitment, and I am quite happy that I did.
Chad B arrived exactly on time, at 10:00 AM. He proceeded to attached a sensor to the panel and setup a tripod with another sensor.
Time passed, he did his thing. Such a calibration normally takes about 4 hours. However, I had a couple of "troublesome inputs". That took a lot more analysis and time.
Chad B hung in there for 7.5 hours -- 10;00 - 5:30 -- to get everything perfect. I could see his concentration as he was running pattern after pattern, to get the grayscale and the CMS properly setup, for both a night mode and a day mode, on three different inputs.
Whenever I asked what was going on, and how it was going, he gave me a lot of insightful commentary about how the TV was behaving, how the inputs were behaving, and how to deal with it all.
He pretty much killed his entire day, working almost twice as long as usual, bringing my 64F8500 up to his specs, even though he had a 2-hour drive to make after he left my place.
The result is quite amazing. I was a little skeptical that the calibration would significantly improve the picture, even though I decided to go through with it.
It's hard to objectively describe the result. The result is clearly in "Oh My Goodness" territory. The color balance and the contrast / brightness / grayscale is obviously better, but the 2-D picture now has a "3-D" impression that was not present previously. I am not sure what is going on, honestly. I don't care for, and don't watch 3-D, but the sense of depth that the 2-D picture now presents, as well as the accurate colors and white balance, is really quite nice. The picture is cinematic and textured in a way it was not before, and meets the worn cliché that "we see things that we did not see before".
I honesty think that this was the best calibration bargain in my experience.
I highly recommend this calibration.
EDIT: actually, four (4) different inputs counting the Apps (Netflix / Amazon).
Last edited by shadowspawn; 05-03-2015 at 09:34 PM.