I have been a member of AVS forum for a while now, but I have to admit that the level of expertise on this Display Calibration board makes me more hesitant to post a newbie question that on most other boards on AVS Forum.
I've used a basic calibration disc before (I think it was THX) but have never had a full-blown calibration done. I've taken 10-point settings from CNET and the Forum to improve the picture of my LG 55LW5600.
In advance of purchasing a new higher-end LED/LCD late this year, I'm considering dipping my toe into taking my DIY home calibration to the next level using HCFR.
I've read through much of the information on Kal's site: http://www.curtpalme.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10457
And at least the entire section up to Part 8 (Advanced Color Management) seems like something I could manage.
So I think I want to take the plunge and get a colorimeter and I've read various posts here on the Display Calibration board (which can quickly be overwhelming for a newbie/amateur).
In particular, the comments regarding drift of colorimeters and the need to have them 'sent in for recalibration' have me concerned.
I want to purchase a colorimeter to use with HCFR 9 months from now when I have my new LED/LCD. I would like to learn and to practice by calibrating my LG 55LW5600. So my first question is: Is the drift that may occur over a 9 month period significant enough that I should hold off on buying a colorimeter until I have my new panel?
I might be interested to purchase a very low-end colorimeter to learn on fully expecting that as I bump into it's limitations, I'll step up to better equipment before my new panel arrives.
ULTRA-LOW-END: Can any of these be successfully used for a basic calibration with HCFR???
-Pantone Eye-One Display 2 ($50 used)
-Spyder3 TV ($79)
-Datacolor Spyder4Express S4X100 Display Calibration Device ($82)
-Colormunki Smile ($89)
LOW-END: Will these continue to be usable for basic calibration with HCFR over the course of 12-24 months or will they need to be recalibrated???
-Datacolor S4TV100 Spyder4TV HD for Calibrating Color on TV Display ($124)
-Calman C3 ($149)
-ColorMunki Display ($169)
PRO-SUMER: I will purchase a colorimeter of this class to calibrate my new TV at year-end. Kal says these drift over the course of a year and so should be calibrated yearly. How much does a colorimeter calibration cost?
-ColorMunki Display ($169) [For use only with HCFR, is this as good as the I!D3 below???]
X-Rite EODIS3 i1Display Pro ($249)
I am basically debating between:
A) - Buy a 'disposable' ultra-low-end colorimeter now, use it to learn HCFR by practicing on my LG 55LW5600, then purchase a new ColorMunki Display or X-Rite Display 3 just after purchasing my new panel
B) - Buy an X-Rite Display 3 now, use it for 9 months learning to calibrate my LG 55LW5600, then have it recalibrated after purchasing my new panel.
C) - Buy an X-Rite Display 3 now and don't worry about the small inaccuracies introduced by drift over 9 months
D) - Hold off and do not buy anything until I have my new TV, then buy a 'fresh' X-Rite Display then...
Any advice for which of these plans will be better would be appreciated - it seems like anything I do will be better than using my eyes, and I am looking for the most cost-effective way to dip my toe in to the next level without yet being sure how much time and money I want to put into calibration going forward...