Jeff showed up at my place yesterday morning at about 9am. 7 hours later he was done. My 70XBR2 gave him some trouble with color (it must have been manufactured on a Friday
), and my audio setup is a little on the arcane side.
Jeff is very personable as well as extremely knowledgeable, and he's very forthcoming with information. He also has some wicked equipment that other ISF calibrators do not have access to (a $24,000 color measurement doohickey, are ya kiddin' me?).
He was extremely methodical and thorough. His methods put the ISF calibrator that had done my Mits 3 years ago to shame.
Initially I thought the results were decent, although not earth shattering (we had gone through so many samples and demos on different sources by then, that my head was swimming a bit). It wasn't until after Jeff left and I had a chance to relax and watch and listen to some of my favorite material last night and this morning, that I wound up with a big 'ole sh*t-eating grin.
I watched some of my favorite HD-DVDs: Serenity, The Mummy, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and Constantine.
While I thought the picture on my 70XBR2 was phenomenal before, Jeff's work brings it to a whole new level; it's as if a veil has been lifted in front of the picture.
Biggest areas of improvement:
1. Sharpness. My set had a slight misconvergence, and fixing that had a huge impact on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.
2. Color, color, color. The color is soooooooooooo much more accurate and realistic now.
This has reinforced even further my desire to only watch movies on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. Regular DVD is as useless as t*ts on a bull, with satellite HD-lite only slightly better.
Now... what I wasn't expecting: the improvement in my audio. I guess I really had no clue just how sh*tty my audio configuration actually was. Jeff reconfigured and equalized my entire system, and the difference is monumental. It sounds like a completely different system. It sounds better tonally, and the difference in balance is light years improved.
If you're getting an ISF calibration done and it doesn't include audio, you're losing out bigtime. Jeff said (and would I agree, based on the improvements I hear) that the vast majority of people, including enthusiasts and professionals, believe their audio is configured correctly... and 99% of them are wrong.
Major thumbs up, and my thanks to Jeff!
P.S. To those who have said that Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is "soft" and not a good example of HD, I give a hearty *THPPT*. Those people have never seen it on a large calibrated screen. The picture on that film is so incredibly engaging, and the use of color throughout so magnificent, that I believe it deserves far more acclaim than it receives. Simply amazing.