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Sam Hall
01-19-2010, 01:43 PM
I'm looking to get my Samsung 50" HDTV professionally calibrated. I was wondering if anyone has had their TV calibrated by Blackbird Consulting? They were one of the three local ISF-trained dealers listed on imagingscience.com.

Sam Hall
01-21-2010, 02:15 PM
Any recommendations for ISF-trained TV calibrators in the KC area?

Dartgod
04-22-2010, 11:32 AM
Bumping this to see if anyone knows about calibration services.

As mentioned in another thread, I picked this Samsung 55" LED last night and would like to get it calibrated. Best Buy wanted $199 for their Geek Squad guys to do it. Can anyone recommend someone in the KC area that could do it cheaper or is this pretty much the standard for this type of service.

Also I see that there are calibration DVDs that you can buy (AVIA, etc.) Are these worth the money?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+55%22+Class+/+1080p+/+120Hz+/+LED-LCD+HDTV/9790815.p?id=1218175547935&skuId=9790815#tabbed-customerreviews

Saulbadguy
04-22-2010, 11:32 AM
I imagine you won't get it any cheaper, but I wouldn't let Geek Squad do anything like that. I'd rather pay more for someone who knows what they are doing.

Dartgod
04-22-2010, 11:37 AM
I imagine you won't get it any cheaper, but I wouldn't let Geek Squad do anything like that. I'd rather pay more for someone who knows what they are doing.
That was kind of what I was thinking. I wouldn't trust those guys to change the batteries in my remote.

Saulbadguy
04-22-2010, 11:39 AM
That was kind of what I was thinking. I wouldn't trust those guys to change the batteries in my remote.

Ahem...that's a "customization and optimization" of your televison remote manipulation device, that will be $29.99.

Sure-Oz
04-22-2010, 12:31 PM
You can get a firmware update on your bluray players so you can watch avatar, only $29.99 gu gu gu GEEK SQUAD!111111111111111

cabletech94
04-22-2010, 12:37 PM
How about just getting a good cable guy?

Saulbadguy
04-22-2010, 12:48 PM
Just my opinion...unless you are a true videophile and have lots of money to burn, I don't think these services are really worth it.

You can follow amateur instructions on a model by model basis to "season" your television on AV forums and such.

MichaelH
04-22-2010, 12:54 PM
Just my opinion...unless you are a true videophile and have lots of money to burn, I don't think these services are really worth it.

You can follow amateur instructions on a model by model basis to "season" your television on AV forums and such.

My thoughts as well. Like worrying about having equal lengths of pure copper speaker wire for the surround sound. I worked with a guy that swore if you used different lengths that it wouldn't sound as good.

Chazno
04-22-2010, 01:16 PM
ISF calibration will normally run you around $300 for someone who knows what they are doing. Coincidentally its usually $199 for someone that doesn't. lol

I also concur with the other posts asking if its really needed. At the same time all TVs should be broken-in (2-300) hours before attempting ISF.


My next question for you is did you win the panel lottery? Samsung uses multiple panel suppliers and all are not equal.

Miles
04-22-2010, 11:38 PM
Just run a search on avsforum and there is a good chance someone that had their TV calibrated may have posted the settings. They may not be dead on because individual sets vary in a slight amount but it is close enough.

Miles
04-22-2010, 11:42 PM
Just my opinion...unless you are a true videophile and have lots of money to burn, I don't think these services are really worth it.

You can follow amateur instructions on a model by model basis to "season" your television on AV forums and such.

It is something I would maybe only concern myself with if it a videophile quiality set. Spending $300 to calibrate a set under $2k when you can get it close enough digging up settings or using a calibration DVD just seems like a waste IMO.

Scorp
04-24-2010, 07:09 AM
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Shawn Byrne
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This is the guy that did mine for $300. He is THX certified and resides in Topeka KS. He will travel anywhere.

Sam Hall
04-24-2010, 10:30 PM
It's been three months since I started this thread and I haven't had my TV calibrated. I've done a lot of research, and I think it might be worth the price, but I'm not totally convinced it's necessary.

Sam Hall
04-26-2010, 05:43 AM
The AVS forum is very valuable. I think I've found a cheaper alternative to calibration. I'm reading a 105-page thread about my TV. People are saying my TV doesn't really need to be calibrated.

CrazyPhuD
04-26-2010, 02:45 PM
Bumping this to see if anyone knows about calibration services.

As mentioned in another thread, I picked this Samsung 55" LED last night and would like to get it calibrated. Best Buy wanted $199 for their Geek Squad guys to do it. Can anyone recommend someone in the KC area that could do it cheaper or is this pretty much the standard for this type of service.

Also I see that there are calibration DVDs that you can buy (AVIA, etc.) Are these worth the money?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+55%22+Class+/+1080p+/+120Hz+/+LED-LCD+HDTV/9790815.p?id=1218175547935&skuId=9790815#tabbed-customerreviews

Wow...I hope you got a smoking deal on that set, because you could have gotten a top of the line Samsung UN55C8000 for ~$200 more online..

I just ordered up mine with the 3D blu-ray player and 3D glasses kit last week.
3D looked good when I saw it in person just too bad that avatar 3d blu-ray won't be out till 2011. :(

Dartgod
04-26-2010, 05:37 PM
Wow...I hope you got a smoking deal on that set, because you could have gotten a top of the line Samsung UN55C8000 for ~$200 more online..

I just ordered up mine with the 3D blu-ray player and 3D glasses kit last week.
3D looked good when I saw it in person just too bad that avatar 3d blu-ray won't be out till 2011. :(
I paid $2100 for the one in my link. I thought it was a decent deal.

JD10367
04-26-2010, 05:57 PM
I've never understood the TV-calibration hooey. Sounds like the same witch-doctor voodoo they try to use to get you to buy Monster cable.

You know how I calibrate my TV? I turn it on. I set the tint, color, sharpness, contrast, and brightness to levels I like.

And then I fucking watch the TV for the next ten years.

Am I missing something?

CrazyPhuD
04-26-2010, 08:02 PM
I paid $2100 for the one in my link. I thought it was a decent deal.

:thumb: that's a pretty good deal. Nice to see BB being competitive. Good luck with the tv, personally I love the my prior samsung panels and I'm eager to see how well the 2d to 3d up convert goes.

Sam Hall
04-26-2010, 09:35 PM
I've never understood the TV-calibration hooey. Sounds like the same witch-doctor voodoo they try to use to get you to buy Monster cable.

You know how I calibrate my TV? I turn it on. I set the tint, color, sharpness, contrast, and brightness to levels I like.

And then I ****ing watch the TV for the next ten years.

Am I missing something?

I don't think so. I'm just trying to find settings I like. A football field looks grainy on my 720p plasma Samsung. Unfortunately, I've realized that a $1,400 Samsung is a low-end TV.

Bill Lundberg
06-18-2010, 02:32 PM
I imagine you won't get it any cheaper, but I wouldn't let Geek Squad do anything like that. I'd rather pay more for someone who knows what they are doing.

Funny. I got the calibration from Best Buy when I bought my TV in January. I had forgotten about it until yesterday. I called and scheduled. Mr. Geek Squad arrived today and checked the hours on my TV. It was only 112. He politely told me he would be doing a dis-service by calibrating it today and that I should call and reschedule when I have 200-300 hours on it.

I expected him to pack up and leave, but instead he tweaked the picture to improve it greatly, then he showed me a little about my receiver (I didn't have it set up for HD Sound). And he fixed a minor issue with my all in one remote that I hadn't taken the time to look into. He also gave me a solution to getting a stronger wireless signal for the blue-ray player which isn't getting a strong enough signal where it is located.

Overall I couldn't have been more impressed with the courtesy and knowledge displayed by this geek. I'm far from an audiophile, but he took an already great theater set up (Thanks Phobia) and made it even better. The best part was the price $0.00 for this trip. The calibration has already been paid for as part of the TV purchase and there won't be an additional charge for them to come back in 45-60 days when I have enough break in hours.

Demonpenz
06-18-2010, 03:40 PM
Geek squad came in and shit on my cat. true story

Bill Lundberg
06-18-2010, 03:57 PM
Geek squad came in and shit on my cat. true story

This just further confirms my suspicions that Geek squad is a good thing.