Originally posted by Segaboy
With regards to the ColorFacts. If one person gets the system and then does calibrate their Samsung DLP monitor, sharing the values would be almost worthless. This is due to the differences that exist with the light-bulbs in each DLP-based monitor.
I asked Jim Burns over the weekend the exact same question. I had the good fortune to attend a Calibration Seminar designed specifically for Fixed-Pixel Display devices, including DLP, LCD, Plasma, and others.
Jim Burns told me that if I calibrated my monitor, and shared all of the values with others via the AVS-Forum or whatever, that they would be 'in the same neighborhood', but NOT close enough for others to copy into their Service Menu.
So, bottom line, you gotta get your monitor calibrated independently of your neighbors.
It only costs a couple hundred bucks, and you have already spent a couple thousand...Not a difficult choice.
Interesting... but I find it very hard to believe given the results that most people have had in tweaking their service menu according to what other people posted regarding ColorFacts. Most people are not expecting EXACT ISF calibration when it comes to tweaking the SM... they are just looking for the best possible picture out of their set WITHOUT shelling out $350+ for an ISF job on one or two inputs of their tv. Add more and more money for each input you want calibrated and for each TYPE of signal you want it calibrated for... 480i, 480p, 1080i, etc...
Personally I couldn't agree with you more with your "not a difficult choice" comment. The choice to say "you know... it just isn't worth it once you have already spent your last dime to get a tv and STB" is quite easy to make. Perhaps you have the cash on hand to have your tv ISF'ed. Most people don't.
For the rest of us, starting our own tinkering with the SM from a point where many other people have had good results after using ColorFacts is a GREAT place to start from. That's what most of us are looking for with this thread.
Thanks for the comments... interesting topic for a different thread.