Originally Posted by flargosa
After reading what you guys have been saying about BB TV calibration and from what I have noticed. I will probably not be calling BB for a recalibration. The guy was sitting crossed legged on the floor with his hand over his head pointing the remote at the TV above his head the entire calibration process. I would guess you probably should be looking at the screen eye level when calibrating.
I told the Geek Squad guy, I watch in the evening with dim lights. So I had the blinds closed to somewhat simulate the ambient lighting. It was dim enough that you can barely make out words on a book. The fact that he still calibrated my TV for a bright room probably means he isn't well trained.
Will I be able to further calibrate the screen using something like Disney WOW? All the controls accessible from the TV menu are below. I'm also toying with the idea of learning to calibrate myself. What do you guys think of this bundle? http://store.spectracal.com/consumer/calman5-bundles/calman-5-basic-with-i1-display-pro-bundle.html
Controls accessible from the TV menu
Low Red: 122
Low Green: 123
Low Blue: 126
High Red: 132
High Blue: 75
High Green: 120
If you just want to calibrate your TV, spare yourself tens of hours and many brain cells, then just get a professional calibrator to get it done for you. It will cost you a bit more than the bundle you were looking for, but it will be worth it.
However, if you wish to learn something new and interesting and learn the skills to calibrate TVs you have now and the ones you will have in the future, then it is best to do it yourself!
That is an OK bundle, but you can do the same with completely free HCFR. A while back it stopped getting updated, but now development picked up and it will become far better than CalMAN in my opinion. I think it is easier to use and can do almost anything CalMAN can do. Both application would require knowledge of calibration, but that knowledge is right here on this forum! I own the same i1Display Pro, HCFR, and CalMAN Control edition. I wish I never bought CalMAN, it is far too expensive and the Basic edition is a rip off! CalMAN Enthusiast edition for home users and the Ultimate Edition (for business) are the only ones worth getting in my opinion.
Those controls are good enough to get part of the calibration done, but to get your colorspace adjusted, you will likely need to go into TV's service menu! Some folks advice newbies not go there, but I think that most of the time, if you do your research and ask before changing settings there, you will be fine. Do a search on these forums or Google for your TV model's service menu access, which usually requires pressing a combination of buttons to enter it. I would familiarize yourself with understanding user menu first and once you understand & get your contrast, brightness, luminance, gamma, and RGB white balance as accurate as possible then you can venture forth and start using service menus.
As a newbie, I learned that calibration may seem complicated and it can be. It takes a lot of time to learn and even more time to understand and calibrate your own TV. To learn how to calibrate all kinds of displays, projectors, etc. you will need professional training that I never got as I just want to learn how to calibrate my personal home equipment and make some bucks on the side.
I know for a fact that I can do better than BB guys did. I had a professional calibrator tell me that I calibrated my TV better than a pro calibrator would using the same equipment as I. Pro calibrators usually have much better equipment, but i1Display Pro + HCFR will deliver you a 90% good calibration if you keep on perfecting your adjustments and results. It is time consuming... It took me 1 week of every-day 16 hour calibrations, AVS posts, research, etc. But no book will deliver you as much knowledge as personal experience.
I find it to be very rewarding. I have a crappy 1850:1 CR LCD from 2009 and it looks waaaay better than 90% of uncalibrated TVs with much better CR. It is very rewarding. I am thinking of going further and learning to become a pro. I really like this. I am kind of an impatient as* on these forums though!