Bought a new Panasonic P50ST60 Plasma several months ago and burned it in for 100+ hours using mixed programming (Movies, Sports, TV).
Now, just to set the stage. I am an Aeronautics Engineer (yes, I AM a rocket scientist..sort of anyway).
I understand hydraulic, mechanical and electronics equipment, computers and complex systems composed of these.
I debated with myself for some time about the 'need' to have professional calibration. After all, I can learn this stuff. I can learn about Luminance, Chroma, Y′CbCr vs RGB, right?
I have tried to do my own calibration and in fact did some calibration of my new Plasma myself.
It looked pretty darn good, using Cinema mode as a starting point.
However, I am enough of an engineer to know that if you really want the best job done, you find an SME (Subject Matter Expert) and hire them.
So, I contacted ChadB and settled on a date and time for him to come by and perform a calibration of my new Panny.
He was prompt, polite and asked me various questions about my viewing habits, room lighting, audio choices, etc.
He setup and spent the next 4 hours with me on this Plasma.
He explained things as he went and never seemed to lose patience with my questions (I ask a LOT of questions). He paid particular attention to some new tools he has
for setting up the display to give natural looking skin tones. VERY effective.
He performed a TV calibration first, then did 3D and my Panasonic 3D Blu-Ray player.
My final opinion?
HIRE THIS MAN!
The difference between what my 'settings' were and the final result from ChadB were nothing short of astonishing!
The quality of the images, from Blu-Ray, DISH TV (even SD) is truly impressive.
And I don't mean impressive like in a Showroom, where everything SHOUTS at you.
The skin tones of the actors are absolutely spot on.
The quality of the image does seem to be 3D without ANY 3D turned on at all!
Oh and BTW, I know actually enjoy using the 3D features of this TV. They no longer look 'unreal' or fake to me.
I am sold on professional calibration, if done properly. And ChadB KNOWS what he is doing!
Now, I must get all my other TV's calibrated, since they look positively sad in comparison with this one!