Originally Posted by ctobin1
Thank you for the help turbe and airscapes!
Like I said I am very new and not looking to spend a lot of money. I am mostly trying to calibrate my samsung LED tv and a few other lcd hdtv's around the house. I will continue reading the links that turbe has provided.
Here's a cliff notes of what I've gathered from this forum and what is already explained by turbe
1. Buy a decent colorimeter (the decent ones e.g., i1 Display 3 Pro will cost you around $250.. i1 Display LT might also work if you wish to go cheaper).
2. New colorimeters (specially X-rite products) are calibrated to standards so shouldn't have problems theoretically at least when they are new. They drift over time.. so maybe you can buy one .. calibrate.. and then resell to recover costs!! Why keep it when it drifts over time and recertifying it will cost almost as much as a new one.
3. Spectrometers are more accurate and don't deviate over time, but are slow reading darker patterns and are much more expensive ..e.g., ColorMunki spectro or the i1 Basic Pro aka i1Pro on this forum).
4. Choose free software ColorHCFR or paid software CalMan, or ChromaPure among others.
5. You are ready to calibrate using a meter and software. What you do next entirely depends on your knowledge and experience gained over time using the equipment.