Just a reminder.....
When having a display calibrated, you will probably still have to do some tweaking with the regular picture adjustments afterwards and it's the set that is being calibrated and not the sources. I found that out firsthand after David Abrams calibrated my Samsung hls7178.
After David Abrams calibrated my Samsung hls7178, he threw DVE into my oppo 981 and played the demo clip and it looked great. And the clip was done in 480i. When I looked at hd out of my Comcast box, I thought there was excessive color saturation but that didn't worry me. I figured the color just needed to be adjusted. After David left, I just knocked down the color setting a bit and the picture was perfect! Well, as perfect as the source can provide and what my tired old eyes tells me.
Was the cost and effort worth it? Absolutely! You get A picture comparable to a professional monitor costing thousands more. According to David, if I recall correctly, to get a picture equal to a calibrated Samusng hlsxxxx, you'd have to spend 3-4 times the initial cost of the Samsung. That makes a calibrated Samsung a 'best buy', in my book. We're talking SMPTE standards. From what David tells me, most sets doesn't have the ability to be calibrated to the smpte standard. PQ of a professional monitor? Wow.
Granted, David has a Samsung hlsxxxx and is big fan of the Samsung hlsxxxx, so his opinion may be a bit biased. But who wouldn't be after seeing a professionally calibrated Samusung hlsxxxx? Besides, David has seen and calibrated many displays and there must be a reason why he, Eliab and umr chose the Samsung hls. That carried a lot of weight with me.
Anywho, I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job of calibrating than David. I'm sure Eliab, umr and other calibrators would beg to differ. Perhaps a shootout?
I know won't hesitate to contact David when I need a tuneup. But if he isn't available, I guess I'll have to 'settle' for Eliab or umr. Just kidding guys.
Thanks, David. If I have misquoted you, my apologies.