Originally Posted by Lee Gallagher
Take heed with what Doug is trying to tell you. He is 100% correct. Evaluating (or trying) a display in a store environment is an exercise in futility. In many instances you don't even have the ability to change the picture mode because the sets are locked into the "Retail" mode.
Competent, and thorough, reviews that can be found in reputable (key phrase) magazines such as Widescreen Review, will give you much better insight into which displays actually function properly and accurately.
Why does it have to be one or the other, why not both. Read and demo, stores will hook up a Blu Ray player let you view whatever you want.
Use a calibration disc like AVSHD 709 (free) or Spears and Munsil disc, use a Blu Ray that you know very well look at the dark/mid/bright scenes for detail, color, shading, background, flesh tones, plants, trees . Don't use a vivid mode when doing a demo, use something like a THX default mode.
imo Any very good calibrator can get a fairly good idea what a display can do and can't do by first reading about that display and then a demo as I have stated above. Yes a I1pro2 and calibrating software would be ideal, but not practical.
I don't care how much experience a calibrator has in one related field or other, just because they says so and therefore they must know more. imo even a very good calibrator may or may not do a great calibration on a display they don't already have a lot of experience with.
So my advice to the home consumer is to read and learn then demo as I stated above. The same goes for finding the right calibrator, learn how to read raw numbers and there grafts. When a calibrator says he is done run your AVS HD 709 (free) or Spears and Munsil disc's and know what the test patterns show.
I myself have no 3 day classes from ISF or THX and then get a ISFor THX patch to ware, but yet I would like to see if Doug can beat my posted settings, raw numbers and charts for a Panasonic VT50 ISF calibration.
I use CMEV5 RC2, I1pro2, AVSHD 709 for test patterns from my BD player (Blu Ray is 99% of what I use my display for),.
And yes what I just posted on demoing my VT50 at my local BB is how I did it.
Anyway all I am is a lowly DIY calibrator and I have no experience in related fields , that is willing to post my settings, charts and raw numbers.