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Hello.


Thanks in advance for reading this, and/or attempting to help me in any way!


I just bought the Sony KDL-46Z4100, and I was wondering if anyone here put any time into calibrating this model.


I want to try and learn all I can about what it takes to calibrate this tv correctly, before I consider hiring someone to do it for me. So if you have any links that would help me, please post them.


Any quick settings I can copy to try on my TV would help for now, but I really do want to see if it is worth it, or feasible for me to try and do it myself.

I have no idea what I would need to buy or anything, so any information would be greatly appreciated! Especially what the price of the equipment would be.


My friend hired the 'Geek Squad' to calibrate his TV, and the blacks have a whole lot of detail in them, and the lights are only slightly washed. It really looked great.

Is this service worth it in your opinion, or is learning how to calibrate the way to go?
 

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Sorry for my ignorance, but is the W4100 basically the same as the Z4100?


Any other info on calibration for beginners would be helpful. thanks. I'll try and read all I can while I'm waiting.

Thanks again
 

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Originally Posted by DiPpY eGgS /forum/post/15469238


Hello.


Thanks in advance for reading this, and/or attempting to help me in any way!


I just bought the Sony KDL-46Z4100, and I was wondering if anyone here put any time into calibrating this model.


I want to try and learn all I can about what it takes to calibrate this tv correctly, before I consider hiring someone to do it for me. So if you have any links that would help me, please post them.


Any quick settings I can copy to try on my TV would help for now, but I really do want to see if it is worth it, or feasible for me to try and do it myself.

I have no idea what I would need to buy or anything, so any information would be greatly appreciated! Especially what the price of the equipment would be.


My friend hired the 'Geek Squad' to calibrate his TV, and the blacks have a whole lot of detail in them, and the lights are only slightly washed. It really looked great.

Is this service worth it in your opinion, or is learning how to calibrate the way to go?

quikly---there is an active z4100 calibration thread here for owner/user calibration settings in the user menu
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post15469472


there is calibration and then there is calibration as you seem to know.

1. the user settings such as in the calibration thread. even so each particular tv is different

2. reviews such as cnet give their settings using the user menu. also visit tweaktv for the user settings their pro calibrators do, using their pro instruments, prior to their doing a service menu calibration

3. visit the calibration section in these forums

3.5 buy a calibration disc with or without additional hardware. see DVE at amazon, for example

4. pay for a calibration. but even here there are differences. calibrations seems to be an artful science and like anything else benefits from experience, smarts and the knack.


independent calibrators for the most part seems to have a better reputation and the prices to prove it.


best buy geek squad apparently is a hit or miss proposition. your friend had a good experience. a recent post in these forums indicates that the guy got hosed for a calibration on a very high end set that apparently got no more than a shoddy and poor user settings calibration, even though the guy was "isf certified".


so that should get you started


TVbc
 

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Thank you very much for your reply!


I appreciate all the info, and the time it took to write it. I will look into everything you have shared.

The steps you have laid out seem logical and a good way of going about what I want to accomplish.


Thanks again, and if anyone else wants to chime in, I would be grateful to them as well.
 

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Originally Posted by DiPpY eGgS /forum/post/15469747


Sorry for my ignorance, but is the W4100 basically the same as the Z4100?


Any other info on calibration for beginners would be helpful. thanks. I'll try and read all I can while I'm waiting.

Thanks again

Far from it, the Z gets the 10 bit video processing. Go to Amazon, the product page shows comparison chart.
 
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