Originally Posted by PlasmaPZ80U
do you have personal experience with professional calibration services? have you had sets calibrated by BB or independent calibrators?
Yeah and it's a story you might find interesting.
Years ago I worked at a commission based electronic shop where I met a few career sales people. One of them moved on to the local Runco dealership, another guy to another high end place.
We still all keep in touch.
When I bought my Sony 55" hx700 the local best buy threw in calibration for 99 bucks. Got it calibrated and thought it looked pretty good.
Called up my Runco buddy to let him know how much I liked it and he offered to swing by that night and fix her up properly.
Of course I took the offer.
I watched my buddy fumble through the menus and slowly work his way through. He was meticulous and thorough. Used his sensor kept looking at charts. Took him a few hours and at the end of the day it looked pretty much exactly the same.
He told me he saved 500 bucks.
I said thanks, pretended it was way better and offered him some beer.
That was when I realized how much of a scam 500 bucks for a calibration is.
I watched the geek squad guy calibrate my tv too. There was no fumbling and no surprises and nothing slowed him down.
I'm not saying geek squad is better. I'm just saying it's equal and cheaper.
And yeah I would say I have a good eye for a good picture on a tv. I sold TVs for years through university. From the Sony 40" XBR tube tv to the last true Pioneer Kuro.