Thanks to this forum, I have had the outstanding good fortune of utilizing the services of among the best ISF calibrators around in the New York area-
Kevin Miller of ISFTV
Founding Imaging Science Foundation Member since 1994
Industry Consultant ~ ISF Instructor
Contributing Editor to CNET.COM, & AVRev.com
FYI, I am not a shill, relative, sales agent or promoter for Kevin or his organization. I am a very thoroughly enthusiastic satisfied client and now, a true believer that there is calibration and then there is "CALIBRATION"! Be forewarned, to have it done correctly, it is not cheap nor fast. Though worth every Penny!
While this may be painting all of the "Magnolia" ISF techs with a broad brush, the few I met were in kindergarten relative to the experience, knowledge and preparation someone like Kevin and his brethren bring to the calibration party.
I had my new 250 hour, Pioneer Pro-1140HD calibrated for use with a SA8300HD DVR and the new OPPO 981 DVD player using the 2 HDMI inputs of the Plasma.
Kevin, brought numerous pieces of test equipment, computers, test disks and the latest ISF software program which ultimately allowed even MORE picture SAVE options than previously available in the stock Pioneer Internal software!
For reference, I had my unit set according to "D-NICE's" postings and was extremely satisfied with its quality images. When Kevin was done using his Software program and saved it-- The image was (to quote my Wife) like looking through a window! MAGNIFICIENT!!! Kevin, not satisfied with some of the software glitches even spent time on the phone with the programmer to insure the instructions were better written for future use! Talk about clout!
He also calibrated my 10yr old SONY KP-53S65 RPTV which had provided me many satisfied hours of viewing. Though a recent move fouled up the picture, focus, convergence and color guns. This set now performs better than the day it was delivered 10 years ago!
A total of nearly 7 hours was spent getting both of these TV's viewable to Kevins keenly trained eye and professional satisfaction. Moreover, his persona and demeanor were friendly, relaxed, at times humorous, thoroughly knowledgeable without being condescending, and always professionally reassuring.
Some of you are already asking if MY CALIBRATION #'S ARE CLOSE TO D'NICE'S POSTING. FRANKLY, I'VE HAVE BEEN TO BUSY WATCHING MOVIES & LIVE SHOWS TO PAY ATTENTION TO NUMBERS! Over the next day or so, I will compare the numbers and while not giving the specifics as I too respect the integrity of their efforts and income, I will share glaring(if any) differences.
ps- Kevin did advise the newest Pioneer's Pro-940, 1140, 1540 and Panasonic TH--X600U series are among, if not THE BEST plasmas he has worked with.
To all members of this forum... Keep up the great postings and information flowing!