Be careful out there. Many info's are not what they seem. Don't paint yourself into a corner you can't get out of without professional assistance. It's far cheaper to get limited professional assistance on the phone for a price you can easily afford, than to have to
call in - or maybe even fly in - a pro after you've really messed things up on your display.
This happened recently with someone I was phone coaching - he got ahead of himself on his own after our 2 hour long sessions where he stayed on the straight and narrow because of my being right there, and now regrets it. He decided he didn't want to spring for a third hour and had the service manual, so I said to go with God and let me know how it turns out.
He is now mad at me for not warning him more, ahead of time, as to what could happen under the wrong circs when you do this stuff on your own and don't necessarily stay on the straight and narrow. I have many owners who have taken what I have written and what others have written - like Grayscale for Dummies - and done incredible work on their sets. They have been intrepid workers and now have sets that most owners can only dream about. Leo and Michael, I salute you! And many others.
I can only take limited credit for that, and always assume that if someone does this work on their own that they know the potential downsides. Like plastic surgery. Yeah, it can do wonders. And can scar you for life, if not done correctly.
He now rebukes me for that Pollyana assumption on my part. Guess it doesn't apply to everybody.
DIYing happens a lot when you got a super deal, and a lot of that DIYing happens in the same tradition - on the cheap and without the proper coaching or training. You figure it doesn't matter if you screw things up, you can always just start over with another one. And as a result our landfills continue to get jammed up with things like 55" big screens - here take this one, yeah I screwed it up but it's only one more, and I can get another one...Definitely not
how I would encourage owners to think about things like this. Treat it like you paid the $4000 most people paid for that size and grade of big screen at the time. It's a Mit, for God's sake! You got the deal of the century. Now put some money into it! Some of that vast sum you saved, on that incredible deal you got!
The proper training/coaching also pays for itself many times over just in time savings, in not having to man learning curves that it took years for pros to man and master. With training and coaching, it takes just a fraction of the time it would take if you were doing it on your own, and with all the conflicting info out there... I once had to step up and openly disagree with a guy on the net who was saying to defocus the blue mechanically, so it would match the fact that the green and red were already off a little bit. HellO...
Just because someone wants to get his name in lights by posting something on the internet does not necessarily give it ANY
credibility or efficacy.
So do well and have fun. You've been warned -