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Join Date: Jan 1999
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
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I've already had several forum members note that they've never seen a better DSS picture than in my setup, with a Dwin 7" CRT and Transcanner; and they thought my DVD picture was sensational as well.
But my CRT in the three years I've had it had never been ISF calibrated. There were only two ISF techs here in Arizona and I tried but couldn't get either one out to my home due to their busy schedule and priority of servicing customers who purchased directly from them.
Forum member Mark MacLeod moved to the Phoenix area from Michigan last year. He does
av installation. He took the ISF course and purchased both a color analyzer and optical comparator. For the past few months, he has cabibrated every set he can get his hands on, inlcuding all the stuff for local retailer Sounds Like Music.
Mark came over last night to ISF color temp to 6500 degrees my setup. The Dwin CRT as preset color temperatures for User, Low (3300 degrees), Normal (supposedly 6500 degrees factory set) and High (9300 degrees).
By going into the CRT "8. Adjustment" in the Menu, you can adjust the grey scale, and any adjustment you make will then apply to the User setting, and that User grey scale settings will then apply to that aspect ratio memory setting only.
Mark first used the optical comparator to visually set the color of grey. Then he plugged that value into the color analyzer, which apparently by computer program did the rest.
Results: Picture looks even more three dimensional than before, with skin colors now right on. I now realize that despite how wonderful my picture looked before, that the colors now are better and more accurate and showing better detail. And I noticed this across the board for DSS, cable tv and DVD.
Of course, I had already setup all CRT and Transcanner memory settings, so Mark really had to concentrate simply on setting color temp to 6500 degrees. Mark's price was more than reasonable.
Robert Busch had been willing to fly out and do it as well, but travel costs would have made that way more expensive, since Mark is local. And Mark did a great job. I retained the prior color temperature grey scale settings in a separate memory in my CRT in case after Mark's adjustments my setup looked better before than after. But I am pleasantly wildly pleased with the outcome.