Originally Posted by SNOW MAN
If a calibrator is ISF Certified and has the latest and greatest equipment, does that mean that that person should be able to calibrate any rear projection set properly? Or should I look for an individual who has experience with my particular TV? (KDS-R60XBR2)
ISF does not teach ANYTHING about the image structure requirements of CRT technology, whether it's DV or triple-gun projection, RPTV or FPTV/ceiling projector. Optics cleaning, focusing, geometry, convergence, astigmatism, sheimpflug...these are all things that COULD come into play in calibrating a CRT based projector, and many of them are absolute staples, that have to be performed EVERY time. This is in addition to everything they do teach in class, which is needed on all display units, be they CRT or fixed pixel.
They mention red push and color decoding, but did not teach that either.
When I did my first ISF course, I was the ONLY calibrator in the class! It was made up primarily of HT retailers who needed to know in depth knowledge of the home theater business to be able to pull in those major investments, plus their installers. There were 30 or so in the class, and this included about half a dozen guys who were simply enthusiasts and they wanted to know more.
Now, there is no better place to learn all the ins and outs of home theater than in Joel's ISF class. Joel can tell true stories that most could only hope to be privy to - they are immensely informative and educating, and keep you spellbound all thru the class. I loved it! But they only have time enough for what they do teach. Which simply is not anywhere near enough to handle CRT projection technology.
Even if someone does pay attention in class and has the best equipment, efficacy is in the hands of the practitioner.
I agree, reputation and word of mouth is the best indicator out there, for how good a calibrator is.