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Is it worth it to have your LCD Professional Calibrated? What are the benefits, (besides the obvious) and the pitfalls (like will accessing the Service menu void the warranty)


I recently purchased a Samsung LN46A650 and using the user calibrations on this site, I think it looks really good. I had my first HDTV (Mits CRTV) calibrated some years ago and was happy with the results, but that was a CRTV. The LCD's seem to have enough user calibrations to make a Professional calibration not necessary.


Also, any recommendations on ISF Calibrators in the Atlanta area?


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Is it worth it to have your LCD Professional Calibrated? What are the benefits, (besides the obvious) and the pitfalls (like will accessing the Service menu void the warranty)


I recently purchased a Samsung LN46A650 and using the user calibrations on this site, I think it looks really good. I had my first HDTV (Mits CRTV) calibrated some years ago and was happy with the results, but that was a CRTV. The LCD's seem to have enough user calibrations to make a Professional calibration not necessary.


Also, any recommendations on ISF Calibrators in the Atlanta area?


Thanks.

Look up Richard Fisher at MasterTech. He can answer all of your questions. The warranty issue is not a concern, particularly with an experienced pro.
 

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I can remember the days when professional calibration meant adjusting the "fine tuning" knob and rotating the antenna to get the best signal.
 

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Why spend money on something you can do in the comfort of your own home, All there is to do is adjusting the picture settings until you are satisfied with the quality.
 

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There is far more to calibration than that. It may not be of value to you, but it is incorrect to equate calibration to basic user preference.
 

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So what exactly will $400 get me? Nearly perfect color temperature? TVs generally look about as good as they can get after making some simple adjustments in the user and/or service menu. Professional calibrators aren't miracle workers, and I personally won't be paying hundreds of dollars for minor improvement to color temperature.
 

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Originally Posted by nolzman /forum/post/15494963


Is it worth it to have your LCD Professional Calibrated? What are the benefits, (besides the obvious) and the pitfalls (like will accessing the Service menu void the warranty)


I recently purchased a Samsung LN46A650 and using the user calibrations on this site, I think it looks really good. I had my first HDTV (Mits CRTV) calibrated some years ago and was happy with the results, but that was a CRTV. The LCD's seem to have enough user calibrations to make a Professional calibration not necessary.


Also, any recommendations on ISF Calibrators in the Atlanta area?


Thanks.

It's worth it. There is no need to go into the service menu on the 650 to do it.

www.accucal.org
 
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