Originally Posted by turbe
With ControlCAL in their Kit, there are Calibrators that are calibrating those models.. if you PM me your city/state info, I'll give you a referral.
I'd vouch for ControlCAL and this year's Sharp models too. I was able to give ControlCAL a whirl on my 2012 Sharp 847u, before I returned it.
By selecting the Standard gamut and using the CMS in conjunction with my colorimeter, I was able to dial in just about everything close to perfect. (This was on Movie mode.)
When I got a hold of ControlCAL, I was able to do it even more precise and quickly (thanks to not having to mess with the Sharp remote control at all) and lock in my settings with the unlocked ISF modes it provides.
I probably would have kept the Sharp if I could have solved the Soap Opera Effect from being present in all modes, excluding Game mode.
Before you can say, "Well, why didn't you just calibrate in Game mode?" Two reasons:
1. Gamma locked at 2.0
2. Gamut locked at Expanded.
Both of those will yield a less than ideal picture. The amount of tweaking the CMS allows in Game mode is limited as well. Could not get the correct values for Luminance on Blue or Cyan whatsoever. They were always deficient. You could compromise, though.
I consulted with Turbe and Chad B regarding my persistent SOE and it looks like I'm a rare anomaly among Sharps. (Not sure HOW rare, as there were at least 4 other people in this thread that had the same problem.)
I felt relieved when Chad B told me he came across the same thing in a 632u Sharp, though. He ended up doing his calibration using Game mode and the Service Menu. He confirmed you could correct the gamma and grayscale problem with Game mode, but that it that the Service Menu is a nightmare and too hard to explain how.
When I read that, I jumped into the Service Menu and saw something like 23 pages of options with no idea what did what... Gave up after trying a Factory Initialization. (To see if that fixed my SOE... it didn't.)
I was initially going to have Sharp send out a technician to see if they could correct the SOE, but I bet on them wanting to replace a part in the TV and who knows how long that would take. (They might not even have the part on hand, same day, and would probably have to wait to receive it from Sharp.)
I honestly didn't want to wait for all that. I'm sort of an impatient person. My impatience paid off, though, as I went to Fry's on New Year's and managed to snag a Sony 60" EX645 for $900 less than I paid for my Sharp. Hooked up the TV and didn't have any problems with calibrating or SOE on the same sources and same content.
I guess to sum up this whole post. This year's Sharps can be calibrated really well... Just pray you don't get a lemon that has some problem with completely turning SOE off, even when you explicitly tell it to in the menus. You most likely WON'T get a lemon, as the number of satisfied users of a product generally far outweigh the unsatisfied ones and the unsatisfied ones usually show up here while the satisfied ones DON'T.
If you DO get a lemon, though, don't be afraid to exchange it.