Originally Posted by KE_Houston
What would you recommend :
Option 1 : Let professional ISF tech calibrate my new 4910 ( $400.00 or so )
Option 2 : Invest in CALMAN CONTROL WITH X-RITE I1DISPLAY PRO ($499.00)
I see that Option 2 will let me calibrate the unit every 100 HRs or so or every time I change the bulb. And can also calibrate my other flat panel TV's. My biggest scare is, how hard is it to do DIY calibration. Any quick tips?
The basics are not too complicated. You can learn them in a weekend of dedicated experimentation. To get good at it takes practice. Even now, I set aside a whole afternoon for a tune up. And I still bring a pro in every year or two, because he does it every day, and captures nuances that I can't.
So unless you either have more free time than money, and/or you want a new hobby
, going with a professional is worth considering. It all depends. If you like to mess around with this stuff (like many of us do) it can be fun. If you prefer to take your car to a car wash, hire a pro.
Or another car metaphor.... It's kind of like replacing the suspension on your car: It's not rocket science, but it requires investing in some tools, and learning some new skills, and not being good at it for a while. You can save yourself money if you DIY, but you will spend time and brain energy in the process -- and if you get it wrong, you would have been better off not doing it, at all.
But this is not the best thread for the discussing. If you are leaning towards DIY, jump into the calibrations DIY threads and read a few, to get a flavor for the process.