Originally Posted by pwz414
I just ordered the ST30 65"
The guy at best buy swore up and down that I need the 4 year protection plan for $450 and I needed to get it calibrated (by them of course) or it would only last a couple years. BB charges $250 for calibration. Is that a fair price?
DO NOT let BB calibrate your set. I went ahead and paid them to do it when I got mine last June, but it's done by a guy who gets paid hourly, whom they only give an hour and a half to do it. It looked really bad the first time the guy did it, and i made him come back a few weeks later, and after he left that time, the set had a hardcore green tint to it, so i ended up buying my own meter. How far was he off? My red and blue high settings ended up at 16+ after I calibrated it myself, he had them at +1 and +2. for 250 bucks you can get an i1 Display Pro to play around with yourself. I recommend it, as you will learn a lot about your set in the process. If you don't want to mess with it yourself, just use D-Nice's settings. They wont be perfect, but in my case, they were closer to fully calibrated than the Best Buy guy got.
Also, I got a 2 year warranty from them, because they told me I could extend it to 4 years in the future if I wanted to. I think i'd recommend the 2 year warranty at least. My set just died on me less than 2 months from when my panny warranty would be up.