Let me start by saying that I have known Ken for about 12 years now. The first thing he ever calibrated for me was my 31 Mitz tube T.V. I was absolutely amazed by the difference in picture quality. Since then he has calibrated every display device I have ever owned, ranging from that tube to my Runco 930. It is the Runco that I replaced with the Samsung. I have always been impressed with the difference in over-all picture quality caused by calibration. The Samsung is no exception.
I will say that this projector looked better out of the box than any other device I have seen. That lead me to question whether or not calibration was necessary, but as it turns out, it was. Coming from a CRT, I did not expect black levels to be very good on a DLP. I also did not expect the colors to look as natural as they did on my 930. I was very pleasantly surprised by both. The post calibration picture left me certain that I had made the right choice with this purchase. Black levels were very close to what I was used to, especially with the Stewart Grayhawk RS and the colors looked every bit as natural, and probably even more vibrant than they did on my CRT. The thing that surprised me most, though, was the depth. I had read that the depth on a DLP is not nearly what it is with CRT, but that is definitely not the case here. The "grey scale tracking", as he refers to it, looked perfect on all the test patterns we checked. Again, this projector looked good from the factory, but looks amazing now. I was afraid that I would miss my old projector, but I have no regrets. I feel that I lost nothing and gained a brighter and much sharper image. If you are in the market for a projector, I would strongly suggest getting the Samsung and having it calibrated.