This post is a reply to a PM from swamp2 about calibration services. Posted here to benefit other posters.
From a number of posts on the calibration thread it seems that Bestbuy is a mixed bag. Some stores and some geek squads do well others not so. Buyer beware I would say.
Question your prospective calibrator and if there is a website check it out. There are a number if ISF trained calibrators servicing San Diego county. I selected:http://www.coastcalibration.com/
This page lists the equipment he uses:http://www.coastcalibration.com/equipment.html
It is very up to date including a special version of Calman and the Chroma V modified for backlit and edgelit LED sets. The equipment listed is typical of what a well qualified calibrator will use and can be used as a checklist.
Popular pattern generators are Sencore and Accupel, software van be from CalMan, Sencore and others.
The meters can be a spectrophotometer or colorimeter. The Chroma V is popular. Here is an excerpt from an email sent by Bill Hergonson:
The Color Pro V (which is a Chroma 5) was measured in the laboratory to be accurate to within 0.000 in ALL measurement parameters of Primary Color measurement and +- 1.5% luminance measurement. This is a very sensitive instrument and what is used in professional calibration. Tom Huffman says that "If you can have only one meter to use, it would be the (Chroma) Color
His pricing is very reasonable. About 60% of the $400 most calibrators charge and with 36 years experience in TV broadcasting he is well qualified.