Here is my report for a calibration performed by Michael Chen (Michael TLV) on October 11th at my house.
Michael arrived a bit earlier than expected and proceeded immediately to the room where my Pioneer Kuro PRO-151FD sits. For your information, my room is not dedicated and light control is minimal during daytime but I can enjoy an almost pitch dark room during evening viewing. Michael performed the calibration between 09h00 and 13h00 so light control was less than ideal. Michael did bring with him a dark sheet that he used during critical steps of the calibration process. Also, a calibration job has been performed on my set 3 months prior to Michaels visit by another ISF-certified technician but I found the former results to be unsatisfactory.
The first thing I have to say is that Michael is not calibrating your TV; he teaches you the basics of the science of calibration and gives you interesting tidbits of history while calibrating your set. The format he chose to perform his calibrations is really appealing because not only can you watch what hes doing but you can understand quite a bit of the magic hes performing on your set, and also why things are that way. The speech hes giving you is standardized, meaning that hes not improvising and that every customer gets a similar lesson. You can, whoever, unlock bonus stories all the while as long as youre a good student and asks the right questions.
Michaels knowledge of the ISFccc interface and features of the Kuro were OK. He did calibrate a few Kuro before mine but I felt that knowledge of the specific features of the Kuro were not mastered.
Michael took great care calibrating the ISFccc Day/Night/Auto settings of the two inputs Im using on my Kuro (one components and one HDMI). He also did calibrate the Movie mode (to avoid modifying the Pure mode settings that I set as per D-Nices specs) so that I can play around with a calibrated user-modifiable mode.
Michael was very efficient and did let me actively participate in the process. One thing hes doing though is to keep the control of the calibration session. As he explained to me, he has good reasons of doing so and he does this to ensure a maximum of satisfaction (and understanding) from his customers. That also means that he will not be very receptive to some aspects he doesnt feel are pertinent, such as the having a specific light output for daytime or evening viewing.
Michael also gave me two demo DVDs to show the capabilities of my set to friends and to validate that the calibration he performed was still accurate as time goes by. A-B comparison of his settings versus the ones used in Pure mode are significant. The calibration reports he provided me a proving that there is a real improvement and only for that, I feel that Michael did a great job. Michael also demonstrated to me why calibrating in the ISFccc mode versus Movie mode is making a noteworthy difference. It was great to see with my own two eyes the differences between a calibrated Movie mode and an ISFccc mode on the same set and environment.
All I can say is that I would recommend Michael to perform anyones calibration job. I expect to use his services again within the next two years to perform another calibration job on my set.
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