My Avical review
Greetings everyone. I had the pleasure to have David Abrams from Avical out to calibrate my 7178 approx a week ago. I wanted to acclimate myself a few days to get a real feel for the benefits.
Like many others, PQ is greatly improved( I thought it looked good before ) the detail in the blacks is outstanding, colors and flesh tones are spot onacross the board. With a good HD source broadcast, the PQ is 3D like. Usual artifacts I frequently saw are minimized or gone completely. SD, which of course pales in comparison, is definitely acceptable now. Another thing is that in my area, PBS had always looked soft in comparison to other HD broadcasts, now 90% of the time it is crystal clear. (other 10% is just bad footage )
Dave calibrated and set up scan rates for all my inputs, and although I do not use all of them currently, I am really pleased they are ready to go when I am. Dave is a very nice guy, an experienced, total professional, informative and a pleasure to converse with whether it be technology or just movie talk, you will feel right at home and comfortable with your choice of having your set ISF calibrated. In my case, that may apply to others, I have not purchased an HD DVD or BR player as of yet (which was a concern for me at first) but Dave said when I do it would not be a problem as my 7178 is ready to go and he would assist me on setting the player up. Not only will you have absolutely knock out PQ, but a valuable resource if you have further questions or issues with your set. I do own an Oppo player which is now set up properly and the PQ is really outstanding.
In summary, if you buy a Baby Grand, it is a beautiful thing.have it tuned properlyand your taken to a whole new level. .If you are considering a calibration save your shekels and just do it, and by all means.have Avical do the jobThanks again Dave