Originally Posted by rss44
I have been in a long learning curve for about a year now and finally have my HT room complete. Built from sratch by my self. walls, cabinets, counters, floors, wiring etc etc. Final install Sunday was my Panny 3000u and I have to say I could not be happier. Wife and kids all love the final result. The main reason for my first post is to say I have been reading several thousand posts over the last year trying to learn everything I can but it seemed the more I read the more confused I got. Nontheless I want to thank everyone for this great site and also thanks to PP for there service and help. I have alot more to learn and I thought I would get it profesionally calibrated but honestly I can not see why. I may change my mind after I learn more meanwhile its offf to the movies and games.
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First of all, welcome (officially) to AVSForum, and congratulations on getting your room finished!
As far as calibration goes, I've had my Toshiba 52hm84 DLP, my Pioneer 5010fd, and my Panasonic ae1000u projector all ISF-calibrated, and have been pleased with all of the results. With my ae3000u, after running my DVE disc I'm not seeing anything that makes me say "I really need to get this calibrated". I'm not saying I won't do it, but quite honestly, out of the box and with some minor tweaks with contrast, brightness, color, and tint separately on Color 1, Cinema 1, Cinema 3, and Normal, I'm extremely impressed with the overall grayscale and colors that this PJ is producing. I know they can get better, but it's not an extreme need like with my other displays. If I do get it calibrated, I'll be waiting until I get my new Carada screen up (waiting to get my Toshiba out of the theater and into a separate exercise area, and move some audio gear around), which has a 1.4 gain (vs. Da-Lite High Power I've got in there now), as well as a possible receiver or pre/pro upgrade with a Reon-VX chip and ISF settings in it.
In other words, try calibrating the basic settings with an Avia or DVE disc, and watch some movies. If you're happy with the flesh tones and shadow detail, I'd say forget the calibration and spend your money on a new popcorn machine or something