Originally Posted by GetGray
What (how much) are you willing to rent one for?
It is essentially a high caliber testing device and as thus would be priced accordingly. I would expect the rental price to be in line with other devices of the same caliber, say a good spectrum analyzer etc.
Originally Posted by krasmuzik
Since grayscale is a function of the panel/lamp (not the source) and color gamut is a function of the devices colorfilters/lamp (not the source)- the only purpose of the ATSC output is to do your basic adjustments - brightness/contrast/color/tint.
It is delusional to think that the result of a TV stations broadcast received OTA is going to be anywhere close to a reference generator - the fact is every station will be different.
You simply are not calibrating for the source with an ATSC generator - the source is the TV engineer that frakked up the controls before the broadcast. You are much better off finding the monthly early AM test pattern broadcast.
I think the only people that would require an ATSC generator have a profession that would enable them to pay for it because they need it for some purpose (like a reviewer verifying ATSC tuners). If you are a DIY trying to calibrate your ATSC input - you are wasting your time.
Bravo! A wonderfully written opinon of why most people will not need to use a VP403(C).
Of course, if most people needed to use a VP403(C) they would be available for rent at every equipment rental location in town. The simple fact that they are not leads us to the assumption that most people do not need to rent one - a conclusion that you appeared to come to the same conclusion as the local rental companies - though your conclusion came much later than theirs.
If I just stated "I want someone to design me a Home Theater", then I could hire a homeless person or the $6 sales associate at Best Buy instead of your design and calibration services. However, some of us do have specific needs in mind and that is why we are very detailed in our request.
So with that in mind - and back to the original question - does anyone know where one can rent a VP403(c) for either 3 days or a week?