Folks, I have been reading thread after thread about the benefits of proper calibration; given that my KRP-600M will be in today, I'm obviously thinking ahead about that pristine picture quality that I would get by going this extra mile.
From what I've read, there are professional calibrators that go on "tours" and this sounds like the cream of the crop. On the other end there are calibration tools like the Spyder 3 and even plain old calibration DVDs that can give you some help in getting the best picture from your set.
I'm thinking about doing my own calibration, and it has less to do with the cost of a professional calibration than it does with the following:
1. I live in Southwest Louisiana (Cajun Country) and all of these tours seem to bypass me
Every page I went to mentioned states around me (Texas, Mississippi, etc) but not Louisiana in general or my area in particular. Furthermore, these tours apparently happen once in a while so the timing would have to be pretty good.
2. I have multiple plasmas in my home (two Pannys and the KRP-600M coming in today) and I could gain extra value by having the calibration tools handy for those TVs as well.
Look, I'm not trying to bypass a professional calibrator just to be cheap: I believe I have some valid points. I am certainly willing to take the time and learn how to do a decent calibration only for my own benefit. Can someone recommend a good set of calibration tools that would yield good results with a little investment on my part learning how to use them?
"Bien merci encore" for the helpful replies.