Originally Posted by galtima
... How much does this isf calibration cost? Would it help? ...
A couple of points:
A calibration typically costs $300 to $500 & up ... the best thing is to ask the specific calibrator you want to use what he charges.
It's not an "isf calibration" ... it's just a calibration. ISF is the "Imaging Science Foundation" ==> an outfit founded by Joe Kane and Joel Silver to help promote better standards in video displays. They TRAIN calibrators ... not certify them. An "ISF Calibrator" simply means someone who has taken an ISF training course
While the term "ISF Certified" is often used, "ISF Trained" is the proper designation for a calibrator who has been through the ISF courses. That's what ISF uses ==> as you can see from the search engine on their website: http://www.imagingscience.com/isf-trained.cfm
There are some excellent calibrators who have not bothered with ISF training -- if I lived within range of his services I'd certainly use Leonard Caillouet ... a frequent contributor to AVSForum who is a superb calibrator (but not ISF trained).
Whether it will "help" or not depends largely on your expectations. A calibration is designed to make your sets colors and gray scale track as closely as possible to the display standards. Many people think this results in too "soft" a set ... but it DOES make your movies look as close as possible (for your hardware) to what the producers intended. Will this look "better" to you?? Only you can decide.
One thing to ask any calibrator you choose: If you don't like the results; what will the charge be? Some calibrators will only charge a nominal fee in these cases (of course they'll reset your TV to factory settings before leaving ... so you'll lose the benefits of the calibration). Others still charge the full price for the calibration. There are good arguments for each of these policies ... just be sure you know what YOUR calibrator's policy is so there are no surprises if your expectations aren't met.