Over the years I have had folks from Lion Audio and Video Consultants calibrate my displays and continue to be impressed with the results. First I had Chuck Williams calibrate my Mits 65" RPTV to clean up the work of the first person who worked on my first HDTV. What a difference, Chuck made my Mits sing! When I wanted to have my 58" V10 Panny calibrated earlier this year I called Lion again and this time Gregg Loewen http://www.lionav.com/mgreggloewen.php
turned a great image into a truely fantastic masterpiece. Both Chuck and Gregg take great pride and interest in their work and share that enthusiasm with their clients as they work. I was enthralled as they connected their instruments and began the calibrations explaining exactly what they were doing and why along the way. All of a sudden all the terms and expressions I had been reading about for years on this forum started to fall into place and make sense.
Then I got the 3D bug and moved up to Panny's flagship, the stupendous 65" VT30. Wow, the picture of this set looked the best of any coming out of the box. Having seen for myself what a difference Gregg made for improving enjoyment of my V10 I contacted him immediately to have him work his magic once again. Gregg had already calibrated several VT25 and VT30 sets so he was very familiar with their settings and the latest versions of software from CalMAN and ControlCal. He explained how each worked or in this case did not work and proceeded with his manual calibration of my set accessing settings from the regular and service menus to do his thing. I looked at some material before and after his calibration and could tell a huge difference in the brightness, black levels, and clarity he achieved. He also did a "before" calibration using the automated software and methodology so I could see the difference in the auto and his manual results. He easily proved to my eyes that his instruments and manual adjustments got noticeably better results than the auto cal software. Gregg left me with seperate settings for 2D and 3D viewing to take into account the darkening effect active shutter glasses have on images just in time for me to see Federer and Rafa get nailed at Wimbleton in 3D! I knew what a great picture Gregg could deliver for 2D watching; I now know what an awesome picture Gregg can calibrate for 3D viewing too!
Now after several days of watching my calibrated VT30 I can say with conviction that having panels calibrated is money very well spent! If you are sitting on the calibration fence, do not hesitate, go for it! And if you are on the fence trying to decide who to hire to transform your panel look no further than Gregg Loewen at Lion Audio!