That is the short answer. I've read most of the arguments on this forum about whether or not to pay a professional to calibrate your TV.
Is it worth the 350.00 I paid? YES
Does it make a measurable difference? YES, YES and YES
Are there scam artists out there that do this? YES
I've had my sammy 5053 (50" Plasma) for 4 months before I paid the money. I can honestly tell you there is a much improved difference and I am very glad I did it.
I was skeptical just like a bunch of you, but I figured if I paid 3k for a TV, Whats another 350.00 to make it perform as it should.
I used the ISF site to find someone in my area. Be very careful! I called a few and got varied prices from 350.00 to 800.00!! for the same work. I live on Long Island and was very lucky to get kevin Miller. Kevin is the 1st certified ISF consultant and is the best in the field. Luckily for me he lives in queens. If you live in the area, e-mail him at email@example.com
. Tell him I sent you. He said he'd come back and calibrate my blue-ray for the referral.
Now, I can hear all you skeptics out there. I don't know Kevin. Never met him until today. He spent 1.5 hours on my TV and uses equipment that no DVD program can match.
That's all I'm gonna say. I know the skeptics will still reply with their arguments. I won't reply. The smart ones will just e-mail Kevin or look up someone in their area.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!!
Proud owner of a "Calibrated" Samsung 5053.
p.s. The ISF website is www.isftv.com