I can tell you this from experience ... and as a Producer / Director of Calibration Discs and the Disney WOW Disc.
If you have an average HDTV Panel like the 42" Panasonic ST-30 in my Guest room ... which only me about $850 ... then a Calibration Disc makes sense and does a great job. In this case, I can get excellent results since the calibration controls are limited on this TV. I can get the HDTV Panel close enough to where I would not spend $400 for a pro calibrator to come in and tweak the HDTV Panel any more than what I can do with a disc.
However, if you have a very good PDP. LED, OLED Display or Projector with good calibration controls, like my Pioneer KRP-500M and my Pioneer KRP-600M, then a professional calibration is highly recommended.
I can get very close to ideal if not spot-on with the Disney WOW Disc when it comes to the following adjustments:
* Aspect Ration
However, a GREAT HDTV Panel or Projector will always benefit from a professional, experienced calibration technician.
However, let me define professional by my standards as a Producer / Director who needs to have reference quality picture & sound for my job.
A professional (in my opinion) will typically have a VERY good meter ($8,000 to $15,000 ) and a great Pattern Generator ($1,200 to $5,000) and CalMan Software ($2,500) and a lot of experience (5+ years) and have worked on NUMEROUS Panels and will have mastered calibration to the point of being considered an artist (basically, NOT the Geek Squad guy) and he will charge $400 for each panel and even more for a projector.
Also, I do not recommend Auto anything ... including Audyssey for Audio or Auto Video Calibration of any kind. Nothing "Auto" is a substitute for a talented calibration tech that knows what they are doing.
You get a guy or gal like that to work on a a very high quality Display or Projector, then yes ... it is worth it
Sorry for the long winded response to what is really a short answer in the end. Again, this is my opinion for what it is worth.
Keep your trigger fingers off the flamethrowers please...
Originally Posted by Dmiraclejr
Is it worth doing a full calibration on a projector via software such as Calman, etc. versus just using a calibration disk such as Disney WOW? I know it probably depends on who you ask but If I do the full calibration I would be interested in using the auto calibration software which would require the purchase of a video processor such as the Dvdo Duo or such. Maybe I should just be looking at the manual procedure to get the price down?
I figure the full DIY auto calibration vs the Disney WOW price difference would be about $1600 vs $30 or so. Is the full that much better than the disk? How far does the disk get you? 50%, 75%, 90%? I guess I am trying to estimate the marginal return on picture quality between the two.
Thanks you any replies.