Originally Posted by drhankz
In THEORY - if someone pays GOOD MONEY for an ISF
Calibrator that does not mean they should GIVE IT AWAY.
Also - it is a function of components in the chain. My
Calibration will be DIFFERENT than yours.
This is not the CRT age. Yes - I have owned CRT PJs since
1996. I always had them Calibrator once per year. They
were ANALOG and changed with Age.
TODAY everything is DIGITAL. The sources are Digital and
the PJs are Digital. I would not pay for an ISF Calibration
Dude! Lighten up! LOTS of us on here are HAPPY to help other people, even if we spent HOURS or DAYS figuring things out, or spent lots of MONEY. People on here help me, and I'm happy to GIVE AWAY what I know to help them.
That said, yes, each setup is different. Starting points will be close, but beyond that you need to calibrate for your own situation.
The fact that today we live in a digital age is irrelevant. Bulbs are not digital, and every bulb will be a bit different. Out of box setting are not necessarily even close. Often, the OOB settings are designed to "wow" people on a showroom floor. Even the THX modes on the higher end Epsons are not as good as can be had from a proper calibration. Sure, 100% saturations and gray-scale are usually quite good on those THX modes. However, there's a lot more color gamut than 100% saturation. As it turns out, more of the color gamut is closer to what it should be when those Epsons are calibrated at 75% saturation. (And a lot of other brand PJs as well.) Added to all of that, Bulbs change their color output quite a bit over time, especially in the first 100 hours.
Nothing wrong with being happy with 'out of the box" settings. Don't assume your PJ is close to correct though. I give my calibrations away to friends for free--or maybe a beer or two--and I've never yet seen a PJ that didn't benefit greatly from a calibration.