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post #661 of 836
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Originally Posted by datamage View Post

Just wanted to put in a good word for Barry VanDenBerg. (Orlando area)

He did a tremendous job with my Samsung PN64D7000.

Not only was he very knowledgeable, he was quite courteous, patient, and very informative. He didn't hesitate to answer any of my (many) questions, or stop for a moment to describe what he was doing.

Again, really, many thanks to Barry for bringing out the best out of this great display.

He can be contacted here.

Does Barry have an AVS user name?
post #662 of 836
My new Samsung UN55D8000 was calibrated Tuesday by Doug Weil ("DroptheRemote" on AVS Forum) of Clearly Resolved Image & Sound in St. Louis. Although I am a newb when it comes to TV calibration, I cannot imagine a better experience.

Doug was prompt, professional, and informative. He took time to explain each step of the calibration process, described the theory behind many of the calibration settings, and was kind enough to answer all my newb questions.

Best of all, the result is a greatly improved viewing experience. After having read many posts on this forum, I was expecting improvement over the settings I had been using, and the results obtained by Doug definitely exceeded those expectations.
post #663 of 836
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My new Samsung UN55D8000 was calibrated Tuesday by Doug Weil ("DroptheRemote" on AVS Forum) of Clearly Resolved Image & Sound in St. Louis.

Thanks for your calibration report. I've included a link to it in the flat panel (page#2) lists in this thread.
post #664 of 836

These links are not working.
post #665 of 836
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Originally Posted by HTPCat View Post

These links are not working.

Thanks for the heads up. They are working now.
post #666 of 836
Anyone near KC that needs a calibration:

I recently had my Epson 8350 calibrated by Luke Kamp (that is his forum name here, his real name is Luke Kampshmidt - probably misspelled his last name).

Anyway, he is certified and has all the equipment. I am very pleased with the results. Colors are more life-like and it even looks sharper to me, not sure why that would be, but it does. Also, there was an obvious blue push that has been taken care of.

He calibrated it so that I have 17 FL and to me that's pretty much perfect, maybe even a little bright with all the lights off which is what I want since the bulb will fade over time. Currently I have around 500 hours on the bulb.

I was a bit concerned about losing brightness and pop since you hear about most people preferring a picture that is too bright with over saturated colors. I thought that might mean that a calibrated picture would look a little dull - my fears were unfounded. After calibration the pic has more pop than before and it's plenty bright. I'm very glad I had it done. I'll post some pictures when I get a chance.

I highly recommend Luke if you are in the Kansas City area.
post #667 of 836
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[b][size="5"]I recently had my Epson 8350 calibrated by Luke Kamp (that is his forum name here, his real name is Luke Kampshmidt - probably misspelled his last name).

Thanks for your calibration report. I've added a link to it in the front projection (post number one) lists.
post #668 of 836
Tom Schulte from Spectracal recently calibrated my Sharp LC-70LE735U and did an amazing job. This is the second tv he has calibrated for me. 3 years ago he calibrated my Pioneer 5020. Tom is very professional and takes the time to explain everything he is doing during the process. I would highly recommend him. After both calibrations, the picture was amazing. Detail and color that really stands out after calibration. I linked the reports if that is ok.

http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/...alibration.jpg

http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/...alibration.jpg
post #669 of 836
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Tom Schulte from Spectracal recently calibrated my Sharp LC-70LE735U and did an amazing job. This is the second tv he has calibrated for me. 3 years ago he calibrated my Pioneer 5020. Tom is very professional and takes the time to explain everything he is doing during the process. I would highly recommend him. After both calibrations, the picture was amazing. Detail and color that really stands out after calibration. I linked the reports if that is ok.

http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/...alibration.jpg

http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/...alibration.jpg

Is Tom active at ABS? If so, could you edit your post to include his user name?
post #670 of 836
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Is Tom active at ABS? If so, could you edit your post to include his user name?

I do not know if Tom is active on AVS. He was recommended by a calibrator on this forum when I had my 5020 calibrated.
post #671 of 836
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I do not know if Tom is active on AVS. He was recommended by a calibrator on this forum when I had my 5020 calibrated.

Is it possible for you to ask him if he has a user name here at AVS? I will use his AVS user name as part of a link to your report. That would get him better viability.
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Is it possible for you to ask him if he has a user name here at AVS? I will use his AVS user name as part of a link to your report. That would get him better viability.

I will ask him.
post #673 of 836
Had my RS20 tuned up today by UMR.

I'm not sure whether I posted the results from the original tuning, last year, but it made a big difference.

The color space and gray scale and gamma were improved, of course, better than I had seen before.

But what really hit home and continued to impress me over time was how making sure it's at SMTP spec for brightness (16fl) really makes a BIG difference. No loss in black level is perceived, but images have lots of punch and detail really stands out (both in bright and dark scenes, where having that correct brightness really helps maintain shadow detail without making anything gray or flat).

Interestingly, even with 600+ hours between then and now on the bulb, the drift was VERY minor.

Because today was just a tune up on the projector (he thought I must have successfully done some touch ups since the original calibration, it was so close to right, still) we didn't run a new set of graphs. Mostly today was about audio calibration.

The audio calibration was very useful.

First, UMR is sort of famous for not finding Audyssey as effective as manual, especially parametric, calibration.

I've got the Audyssey bass management system for SVS and he agreed it was doing a better job than anything we could do manually with the Marantz 7005 in the bass region.

Second, since the last visit not only was the Audyssey bass EQ new, but so was the Marantz, and the surround speakers .... and we found some interesting stuff going on with the surrounds with the RTA analysis that has me heading back to the techs at the speaker manufacturer to find out what's going on.... a problem auto setup didn't find, but that explains some of what I had been experiencing that was strange. (More details in the THIEL thread.)

(can't add this to the RS20 thread because it's closed)

(see measurements from the original calibration two posts down)
post #674 of 836
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Originally Posted by nathan_h View Post

Had my RS20 tuned up today by UMR.

Thanks for your calibration report. Did you ever post comments about the original calibration? If so, let me know where it is and I'll add it to the list linked at the bottom of my post.
post #675 of 836
I couldn't find a post from back then, but here are the measurements.

I see from the notes this was Dec 2010.
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post #676 of 836
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Originally Posted by nathan_h View Post

Mostly today was about audio calibration.

(can't add this to the RS20 thread because it's closed)

How about adding some audio comments to your earlier post. As it stands now, anyone reading your post won't be aware that UMR worked on your audio system.
post #677 of 836
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Originally Posted by Scurly View Post

I have an Elite 70" with a free BB calibration thrown in. I am waiting a color firmware update mid January and then will schedule. My question: Is a free BB calibration worth it, knowing the perception of quality? This will be a subcontracted calibrator and at this time, I am not sure who is coming out. Thoughts?

I just had a Best Buy calibration done on my Sharp 70" Elite PRO-70X5 and the end result was poor. The colors are better than any of the pre-set modes (i.e., THX Movie, Elite Pure, etc.), but the image is so overexposed that it's unwatchable. Even the slightest reflection of light on a person's forehead causes a blotch that loses all detail. The calibrator never once looked at a real image on the screen; he relied solely on his computer and the device he stuck to the center of my screen. I also had to school him on making sure he activated ISF mode rather than just modifying one of the pre-set modes.

Anyone have a recommendation for a real calibrator here in the Los Angeles area?
post #678 of 836
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Originally Posted by ERosenbrg View Post

I just had a Best Buy calibration done on my Sharp 70" Elite PRO-70X5 and the end result was poor. The colors are better than any of the pre-set modes (i.e., THX Movie, Elite Pure, etc.), but the image is so overexposed that it's unwatchable. Even the slightest reflection of light on a person's forehead causes a blotch that loses all detail. The calibrator never once looked at a real image on the screen; he relied solely on his computer and the device he stuck to the center of my screen. I also had to school him on making sure he activated ISF mode rather than just modifying one of the pre-set modes.

Anyone have a recommendation for a real calibrator here in the Los Angeles area?

Sorry to hear that, I wouldn't let BB touch my TV even if they payed me to get the calibration done.
post #679 of 836
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Originally Posted by ERosenbrg View Post

Anyone have a recommendation for a real calibrator here in the Los Angeles area?

David Abrams ( dave@avical.com ) is in the Los Angeles area. You can find reports on his work in the flat panel (post #2) lists in this thread.

Other well known calibrators do tours to your area. UMR ( jeff@accucalhd.com ) and D-Nice ( d-nice@audiovideofidelity.com ) are two examples. David might be cheaper because of travel costs.

Based on your report about your calibration, I've added a new category to page one and two of this thread.

Are "free" with your purchase calibrations worth it?

Thanks for posting.
post #680 of 836
@ ERosenbrg

I've had more than one pro work on my system. Even with his $100 "tour premium" on top of his basic pricing, UMR was still competitive in terms of price (in fact, a touch cheaper than some), and I got much better results.
post #681 of 836
I'm not sure how the mods would feel about this, but perhaps a sticky could be posted at least warning forum members about Best Buy calibrations. I have read of so many horror stories over the years from Best Buy and it bothers me people are spending their hard earned money on these clowns not realizing the high risks of a poor calibration. Sure, people need to do their homework, but it's still unjustified none the less. Just a thought.
post #682 of 836
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Originally Posted by DavidHir View Post

I'm not sure how the mods would feel about this, but perhaps a sticky could be posted at least warning forum members about Best Buy calibrations. I have read of so many horror stories over the years from Best Buy and it bothers me people are spending their hard earned money on these clowns not realizing the high risks of a poor calibration. Sure, people need to do their homework, but it's still unjustified none the less. Just a thought.

I've started a list of people who post about their "free" calibrations. I only read a few threads so I need all the help I can get.

I recall a recent post by an knowledgeable individual who was happy about the work that BB did on his display. I don't think that AVS would be interested in posting any kind of warning.
post #683 of 836
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Originally Posted by htwaits View Post

I've started a list of people who post about their "free" calibrations. I only read a few threads so I need all the help I can get.

I recall a recent post by an knowledgeable individual who was happy about the work that BB did on his display. I don't think that AVS would be interested in posting any kind of warning.

I agree- Best Buy is not inherently bad when it comes to calibrations, it's just that they don't always have the "quality control" to ensure all of their calibrators know what they are doing. I'm sure some people have had excellent calibrations. Just the luck of the draw.
post #684 of 836
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Originally Posted by avfanatic1 View Post

Just the luck of the draw.

That's why I haven't been linking reports that don't include a calibrater's user name here at AVS.

Now that I've set up a category for "free" calibrations and "for fee" Best Buy calibrations we'll have a way to track them.
post #685 of 836
I had my Toshiba 55SL417U calibrated recently by Doug Weil (droptheremote). He showed up on time and proceeded to setup his gear. He thoroughly explains what he is doing and why as well as educate you on the science behind color calibration. When he was finish I notice the colors were more natural and not over saturated. After he was finish I was telling him about this great burger joint down the road (Hubcap Grill) and he invited and treated me to lunch. (Thanks Doug!) I have to admit that at first I kind of freak out at first with the dimmer picture. But the more that I saw my newly calibrated picture and after watching a movie at the theater do I appreciate my tv more. I didn't realize how high my brightness was set before and all the detail that was lost. I highly recommend Doug for your calibration needs.
post #686 of 836
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Originally Posted by risk235 View Post

I had my Toshiba 55SL417U calibrated recently by Doug Weil (droptheremote).

Thanks for your calibration report. I've included it in the flat panel (post #2) lists for LCD displays.
post #687 of 836
Chad did an outstanding job on my D530 earlier today. He arrived promptly and well prepared as always. This is the second set he has calibrated for me in the last year. Chad increased Peak light output to the 50 range, improved gamma, greyscale and color accuracy.

I am very pleased with the end result. The picture now has much more depth, pop and looks amazing. Overall it is a great experience because Chad is the consumate professional. Expert at his craft and very open to answering ?s about my set and others that he has calibrated. It is always a fun learning experience for me. He spent about 2 1/2 hours on my set and did not leave until I was completely satisfied. I highly recommend him for anyone wanting to get the most out of their display.
post #688 of 836
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Originally Posted by chunon View Post

Chad (Cand B @ AVS) did an outstanding job on my D530 earlier today.

Thanks for your calibration report. I've included it in the flat panel (post #2) lists for Samsung plasma displays.
post #689 of 836
Like all the other reviews, I wanted to give my glowing review of my calibration by Doug Weil. Doug spend over 5 hours thoroughly explaining each step of his expert calibration my Panasonic 65VT30. The combo of increasing my understanding of the technology, the benefits of the changes (before/after measurements), and most importantly the substantial improvement in my PQ (with good PQ before), greatly exceeded my expectations. Going into the calibration I expected the end result would maximize the potential of my display, but the post calibration PQ, has increased the PQ from good to outstanding.

I highly recommend Doug's services to anyone in his travel area in the Midwest and Southeast, etc. I'm fortunate that he's located in my metro areas of St. Louis. To top it off, Doug is a very nice guy and gave me advice in other areas as well
post #690 of 836
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Originally Posted by Andrew Sabin View Post

Like all the other reviews, I wanted to give my glowing review of my calibration by Doug Weil. (DroptheRemote @ AVS)

Thanks for your report. I've included a link to it in the flat panel (Post#2) lists at the top of this thread.
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