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post #901 of 928 Old 02-17-2016, 05:23 PM - Thread Starter
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Would have done it sooner but lost track of this thread. I have a new OLED that he will be doing a lot to in late March some time, so I will post that data.
I'm sure that a lot of us are looking forward to that report.

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htwaits: My points were: 1) I was looking for a local calibrator (which would be less expensive than a touring calibrator). 2) Surprised that the big Texas cities don't have at least one per.
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htwaits: My points were: 1) I was looking for a local calibrator (which would be less expensive than a touring calibrator). 2) Surprised that the big Texas cities don't have at least one per.
There may be fewer customers for professional calibrations than you assume.

I don't know for sure, but my impression is that there are two professionals currently working in the San Francisco Bay area which contains a lot more potential customers than a city like Austin. The travel component of cost is quit high if you are hiring someone for an exclusive calibration trip. If you can get in on a tour, the travel expense can be as little as $50. As they say, "It depends."
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I just wanted to do a shout out for Chad B.
Chad was at my home on Saturday to calibrate my 13 year old Toshiba 65HDX82 RPTV.
Yes, you read that correct. My 13 year old RPTV.
This set was the top of the line Cinema Series 1080i RPTV from Toshiba back in 2002 when I bought her.
I calibrated it from time to time with a SpyderTV kit and have done 56 point convergence on it as well, but I never had it professionally calibrated!
I always wanted to have a pro work on it, but every time I would gear up for it something else in life got in the way.
Recently the TV started to look really dull and blurry and I kept thinking that it really needed a good cleaning and calibration to bring it back to life.
I thought about buying something new, but there is nothing out there right now that has WOWed me (I do have my eye on OLED ).
So I contacted Chad to come out and do a full cleaning and calibration.
Chad is very professional and a genuinely nice guy. He worked on the set for 8 hours straight (ok he took a couple quick bathroom breaks, ).
When he was done, we tested each of my sources (Blu Ray, HD-DVD, Xbox 360).
All I can say is OH MY GOD!
The picture quality is top notch! It's brighter, crisper, and more detailed. It's like having a new TV! (that's what the wife said anyway)
In the end, Chad and I were both pleased with the outcome. He provided me with a full report with before and after stats (what a stark difference the stats show!).
I never knew this TV could look this good, I should have done it sooner.
Thanks Chad! I will be doing more business with you in the future.
Highly recommended.

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A couple of weekends ago, I did a phone consult with Mr. Bob from Image Perfection. Due to this being funded by my "hobby fund" I only had enough for an hour's worth of coaching. With Mr. Bob, my wife and I disassembled the television and cleaned the lenses and the mirror. The image quality looks fantastic now. Blacks are truly black again, and the television no longer has that "bleary" look to it. Mr. Bob was really patient and professional, and I really wish that I could have done more with him (we only had enough time for the surface lenses), but even with just an hour, the television looked very good.

After our phone call, I proceeded to focus the lenses, and focus the guns (using the focus knob) and the television now has a truly excellent picture. I still have to perfect the grayscale calibration, but already it looks fantastic. In fact, guests who saw the television before the cleaning were amazed by how different it looks now. It's like being in the theaters.

If anyone has a rear-projection CRT TV that they're on the fence on, as to whether or not they want to keep it, I would strongly recommend keeping it and giving Mr. Bob at Image Perfection a call.

Our television was received for free because the previous owners didn't want it. Being a CRT nut and knowing about Mr. Bob's thread, I decided to borrow a truck and take the plunge. Man - I'm so glad I did. Thanks again, Mr. Bob!
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I would like to take a minute to thank Chad B for the work he did on my Panasonic 60VT60 plasma display on Monday.


I've had the TV for less than a month, and was happy with the picture. I was using the THX cinema setting and had tweaked it slightly by using the Spears and Munsil calibration blu-ray. I watch in a completely light controlled room with the only lighting being a backlight behind the TV.


I had always been somewhat interested in a professional calibration with the last couple TV's I owned - a Panasonic 54V10 plasma, and before that, a Sony 53HS10 rear projection. Even though I thought my new VT60 looked good, I finally decided to spring for a professional calibration.


The whole process only took about 3 hours as I have no interest in 3D. Chad is a very easy going guy that talked me through the different steps he was doing, and he was willing to answer any questions I had during the process.


He provided a before and after report that I found really quite interesting. There were a few reference images that we looked at before and after calibration, and there were some noticeable differences.


I was happy with the result after I watched the first movie on my calibrated display, but I honestly wasn't sure if the money spent was worth the difference. But don't worry, read on...


Now that I have lived with the new picture for a while (watched 4 movies and a hockey game since calibration) I am thrilled with the calibrated image and feel it was worth every penny. Just for kicks, last night I switched back to my old THX Cinema settings during a movie and I could not believe how dull and lifeless the picture was. And those are the exact same settings that I was quite happy with before Chad arrived.


I highly recommend Chad B's services, and I will most definitely be calling on him whenever I look to get a new display in the future.
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I had the pleasure of working with Doug Weil from Clearly Resolved on his most recent road trip, and would like to take a moment to highly recommend Doug to anyone who wants a calibration, or even just wants to talk about the process. Doug started his ten-day trip down in Texas last month and then swung back up through Oklahoma, up to Omaha,Nebraska, then back through Kansas City and Central Missouri. I am in a rural area in just about the middle of Missouri.

Doug and I scheduled the appointment in February over the phone, at which time he explained a little about the process and the charges I could expect, and basically confirmed that I had enough information to make an educated decision before committing. I mention this because the TV I had calibrated is an older model Samsung plasma, PN58A550, with a lot of hours of use, so Doug made sure I knew the limitations involved,in light of the fact that many folks would not go through the trouble and spend the money. But I am waiting for OLED to come down in price, and will likely move to OLED within the next three years; in the meantime I want to watch a reference standard picture, which I only recently learned about, so I committed to the calibration. We have had the TV for about eight years. It was a gift to my family from my father,who has been living with us for years, so I have sentimental loyalty to it. My wife and I have five kids, and have spent thousands of hours as a family, with my dad too, watching that old plasma.


As to why I waited so long to calibrate, you can chalk that up to my ignorance. The background is that in late 2015 my power board went out and I sent the board to Coppel TV in Texas for repair. While I was waiting for the repaired board I bought a cheap LED from Best Buy as a temporary substitute. Immediately I saw the plasma was a lot better PQ; but until then I had simply taken the plasma for granted, assuming there was not much difference in quality between the available technologies. The difference was an eye opener, so I started doing some research, and found out about calibration. I enjoy what Audyssey does to get my sound to a reference standard, and I wanted the same for my display. With Doug’s expertise I got it.


Doug arrived at the appointed time to the minute. Hallmark of a professional. In emails before the appointment Doug laid out the steps for me to take to make sure the room environment was the best it could be for the calibration, so I locked the dogs in the garage, cleared a space for Doug to work, turned off the lights and put curtains over the windows,replicating the usual summer evening viewing environment. As Doug was placing the meter in front of the TV, and booting his software he explained the calibration process, with particular emphasis on grayscale, Luminance, Gamma, Brightness, and color tracking. This was very helpful for me.

During the calibration I was able to view the results of the adjustments, and further adjustments, in real time as they came up on Doug’s computer screen, with graphs and numbers. I was also able to see the test patterns on the TV and Doug explained how each factored in during the process. For example, the pattern for sharpness revealed for me exactly the artificial pixel borders created by adjusting the sharpness above zero. Up til then I was “setting” sharpness by eye using the Sony 7669 “easter egg” pattern. I was way off, and had introduced unwanted artifacts,which Doug’s pattern showed me clear as day. Doug fixed that issue. My TV’s grayscale and color tracking were shifting the picture toward red, which Doug was able to correct to the proper scale, resulting in crisp accurate flesh-tones.

Bottom line: Doug’s calibrations resulted in an outstanding clear and crisp picture with natural colors and deep blacks. I am looking forward to working with Doug again in a few years when I get an OLED. Until then, I am really enjoying re-watching my Blu Ray collection!
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Can not wait until June, my Samsung 65JS8500 will get calibrated by Gregg Loewen. I will post my report when it is all set. This is my second calibration that Gregg has performed, the first was my previous Panasonic 50VT25 a fews years back.
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Finding Calibration Reports

I follow the Vizio P-Series owner's thread, but don't see any other reports here at AVS. PM me or post here if you know about any owner's reports that I'm missing.

There's not much going on in plasma threads where I used to hang out looking for owner's reports.

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Thank you, Barry

I would like to thank Barry ( Barry928 ) from Orlando for an unbelievable job he did on my JVC DLA-X550R.
Before I read that projector is very good out of the box, no need much tweaking.
But based on my previous experience I took all this with a grain of salt and requested help of professional calibrator.
Boy, did he made a difference or what!!
Image changed from "good" to "unbelievable".
All colors are spot on, just like remember seeing at the movie theater, and amount of detail is increased dramatically.
Barry was very professional, came on time, did not rush the job, explained everything. And his fee was very reasonable.
I cannot recommend him high enough! I always thought that the best possible investment in HT is professional calibration - and Barry's work just confirmed that.

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Shoutout to Gregg Loewen from Lion Audio Video Consultants for and Awesome Calibration on my LG OLED 65B6! TV looks amazing! Thanks!
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Gregg will be making a return visit to my home for a calibration this Saturday. Looking forward to having him back. He does a great job on my Panasonic VT 25 plasma


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My Samsung 65JS8500 was calibrated in June by Gregg Loewen and the results were stunning! TV looks amazing. When I purchased the set from Magnolia Design Center we talked about calibrations and I told my salesman I have a calibrator who is one of the best, Google his name. Lol!
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Chad B. calibrated my LG 65EF9600 a few days ago. While I thought the picture was great before, he made it outstanding. He was prompt, professional and kind. He spent 5 hours here calibrating modes for day, night, and HDR. Highly recommended.
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I would like to leave a report on Chad B and his incredible calibration on my new JVC RS400 projector...

Chad was very professional and it is easy to see how dedicated he is to his craft. He spent the better part of 7 hours here working on my projector to produce a wonderful picture in 1080p 2D /3D and UHD 4K. The best compliment I can pay Chad is that the longer I watch my various titles in 2D, 3D and UHD, the more I can "see" how his work has paid off. When I first turned on the JVC, I was floored on the improvement over my old Panny 8000 PJ but the longer I watched content the more I could see something wasn't quite right...there was room for improvement. Chad is worth every penny paid and I highly recommend people located in his area of travel to invest in his expertise! Thanks again Chad....very, very happy camper!!!
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I can't thank Gregg Loewen enough for the excellent job he did calibrating my JCV DLA X950R projector. I couldn't be happier.

He originally calibrated my PJ in September when it was relatively new. The calibration was a big improvement. However at that time he commented that the white ceiling and soffit, as well as the reflections off of the gloss of of my speakers were reflecting on to the screen and it was not allowing me to get the black levels, contrast, etc that I should be getting.

So over the last couple of months I fixed the issues that Gregg pointed out. I had Gregg come back for a touch up right before Christmas. I was now able to see what my projector was capable of. The image is absolutely stunning.

I highly recommend Gregg!

Here is Gregg's contact info: Email: [email protected], Phone: (207) 624 2685

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Also want to extend kudos and thanks to Gregg Loewen of LionAV for his excellent recent work on my new JVC RS620 projector and Sony ZD9 (75"). Gregg spent over two and a half hours with each unit, patiently answering my questions and explaining each of his steps. The improvement in picture quality, especially with my projector, was immediately apparent. Colors are more natural looking, black levels are deeper, contrast is better and pixel alignment is noticeably improved. Highly recommended. Thanks, Gregg!
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Smile Sony VPL-VW600ES calibrated to perfection by Gregg Loewen

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Gregg Loewen of Lion AV Consultants. After darkening the room and setting up his optical analyzers, Gregg proceeded to go into the Service menu and tweak the D65 calibration of my Sony VPL-VW600ES 4K front projector to perfection. Selecting the Reference preset, Gregg selected Low lamp control brightness, then calibrated above white and below black to really bring out incredible subtleties in the picture. Expert Settings of Gamma and Color Correction further refined the calibration, mostly in the blue H/S/B.

An additional preset, Bright TV, was calibrated for comfortable viewing in ambient light using the High lamp control setting and a Custom color temperature, once again significantly dropping the blue gain, and using a less aggressive gamma correction.

TL;DR: Awesome job by Gregg Loewen of Lion AV. If you live in the northeast -- or even if you don't -- I strongly recommend giving Gregg a call.

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Gregg Loewen of Lion AV recently calibrated my JVC RS420. While the video quality out of the box wasn't bad, I was having some serious problems with my black levels. Gregg's calibration dialed in my black levels as well as my color levels for great video from my 1080p sources. But the real payoff came from the HDR calibration for 4k. Even though I don't have an expensive Oppo 203, 4k HDR Blu-ray Discs look amazing on my LG UP970! Gregg set up configurations in the projector for the best results in HD or UHD. He also worked with Lumagen to figure out & correct the audio settings in my Radiance XD when I lost audio bypassing the unit ( long story.). My theater setup is now great for all sources. Gregg comes through the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Several times a year. I highly recommend his services.
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This weekend I had Doug Weil come and calibrate my Sony 600ES with the Radiance Pro...One word, AMAZING. From start to finish he spent 8 hours on my setup and the result was out of this world. With the Radiance Pro HDR Intensity mapping, I've never seen a display look so good. I highly recommend Doug.
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This weekend I had Doug Weil come and calibrate my Sony 600ES with the Radiance Pro...One word, AMAZING. From start to finish he spent 8 hours on my setup and the result was out of this world. With the Radiance Pro HDR Intensity mapping, I've never seen a display look so good. I highly recommend Doug.
Thanks for the positive report. It was a fun job and it was great to work for you.

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I ordered my A1E 65" from Val Electronics, with their cal package. This is the second display I have done this with, and it is nice getting something in with 200 hours on it, calibrated and ready to rock and roll.

DV, HDR10 and SDR look great so far.

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Red face Gregg Loewen for Sony XBR75X940E

We recently had our TV calibrated by Gregg. Just unbelievably ipopping pictures after the Calibration! We are not very technical people. But we are just thrilled as to how good & pleasing & realistic the pictures look after calibration. We were also very impressed with all the equipment & computers used by Gregg to achieve these results. Would strongly recommend him for anyone who is looking to calibrate the TV. Calibration definitely makes the pictures look so much better specially when these TVs are so expensive. Would definitely use Gregg’s services if we get any other equipment
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Had my C8 65" calibrated by @D-Nice this last Saturday (along with my old Samsung 65" 7150).
I am absolutely blown away. The C8 was the best looking display I've owned to date while uncalibrated but now it is perfect. Skin tones are accurate, HDR highlights are beautiful and piercing without being painful, and I'm seeing near black detail I didn't even know was in the source material before. It is everything I had hoped a calibrated set would be. Beyond the stellar work that he did on the display he is just great to work with! Answered all of my questions in detail, explained the reasoning behind certain settings being enabled or disabled, everything you could want to know. D-Nice if you happen to see this thanks again sir!
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Chad B for Sony XBR-85X900F - Plus Audio

Hello Everyone,


Chad B arrived at my house in San Antonio, Texas promptly at 10:00 am on February 19th, 2019 to do a calibration of both my Video and Audio systems. He worked for 12 hours, leaving at 10:00 pm. The only break he took was maybe 45 minutes for an enjoyable dinner and good conversation.


General Comments:
Chad is a very friendly man who listens intently and gives concise feedback. He is incredibly meticulous about everything, a true professional. If I had to use one word to describe him I would say he is a perfectionist.

The first thing we did was to discuss what I wanted, where I thought improvements could be made, and any concerns I had. Then he got to work and I disappeared into my office to let him do his thing and he would contact me if he had questions or was ready to show me what he had done.


The Video Calibration:
My television is a Sony XBR-85-inchX900F(a 2018 model.) Sources are DirecTV, an Oppo 203, and a Roku Ultra. The TV is 4K with HDR and Dolby Vision.


The TV had been setup by the audio-visual store and they recommended the "Standard" picture setting and did some adjustments to the out-of-the box picture settings. I now know that those were just adjustments, not a calibration.


Chad used the "Cinema Pro" setting to do his pure calibration, what he said was a strict professional calibration, the way things were "supposed" to be.


He then used the "Custom" setting to enhance things based on what I had told him I like concerning brightness, color and HDR pop, detail in dark scenes, etc.


The improvements were sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle. Because I have been watching for months what the A/V shop had set up it will likely take some weeks for me to appreciate more of the changes. But, now I have three different presets I can use to compare.


My first impressions are that Blacks are blacker, there is more detail in dark scenes, colors are better (more natural), skin tones are better, and the picture from DirecTV appears sharper, clearer with more definition.


Bottom line is that I am happy with the Video calibration and definitely believe having Chad work his magic was worth it.


Audio Calibration:
My equipment has B&W 702 S2 mains, HTM71 S2 center, 706 S2 side and rear surrounds, and 4 SVS Elevation speakers mounted on-ceiling for Atmos, and 2 JL Audio Fathom f113 v.2 subwoofers for a 7.2.4 system. The receiver is a Denon AVR-X8500H with a separate Rotel RMB-1585 amp to drive the three main speakers.


I am blown away with the improvements Chad made to the sound system. What he did to improve the bass is just incredible. Now I have phenomenal bang for movies and virtually perfect tight bass for music with no muddiness and ideal integration with the main speakers. Also Chad improved quite a bit on the "distinctness" of the surround and Atmos speakers. Now an object, such as a spaceship, moving from the back to the front along the right side of the room is much more realistic.


Last night I listened to a 50-year tribute concert for Elvis and it was exhilarating to hear such pure sound on such a big sound stage. It was as if I had overnight upgraded speakers. From what I had read here on AVS I knew Chad B could improve my TV but oh how happily surprised I was to find he is really a magician when it comes to sound as well.


Oh, almost forgot to mention an important item: I'm an old guy, with old ears, so have been having trouble sometimes with Dialog in movies, forcing me to turn on subtitles. Well, I had mentioned that to Chad and bless his heart he made a major improvement there.


Bottom Line:
I can totally recommend Chad B to anyone looking for a true professional calibration of both Video and Audio systems. I'm not a technical guy so I don't know how he managed to make so many improvements but make them he did. I feel it was very much worth the money and time and now I can be confident that I'm getting the full benefit of all the money invested in my living room "home theater." It was really very nice before but now it is truly great and I have a smile on my face.


So, thank you Chad B! I wish you fair winds and following seas (former Navy) as you journey the country bringing music and movie happiness to we audio and videophiles.


My best,
Tom
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That was a very informative review you shared above ^^^
I have also had Chad B. do both my Audio & Video and like you I was and still am a 100% HAPPY.

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Has anyone had experience with Jason? I am thinking of using him to check the calibration of my setup.

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Has anyone had experience with Jason? I am thinking of using him to check the calibration of my setup.
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