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LED HDTV Calibration

Diamonddave952
11-22-2010, 05:22 AM
Hi Everyone,

I just bought a new LG 55" LED HDTV over the weekend. The sales person insisted that I sign up for one of their additional services that includes a TV calibration. I am really new to HDTVs and wanted to know if it's necessary and would I really notice/see a difference?

Thanks!

DoctorCAD
11-22-2010, 08:32 AM
Yes. The difference will be worth it.

You could try a generic setting from Tweaktv.com and then get your own calibration disc to fine tune it. Not as good as a pro job, but how "pro" is the service that the TV store is going to sell you?

ImRizzo
11-22-2010, 12:03 PM
Hi Everyone,

I just bought a new LG 55" LED HDTV over the weekend. The sales person insisted that I sign up for one of their additional services that includes a TV calibration. I am really new to HDTVs and wanted to know if it's necessary and would I really notice/see a difference?

Thanks!

If that was BestBuy trying to get you to signup for their Calibration plan pass on it, they have Azholz doing their calibrations either buy a Munsell & Spears disc and DYI or contact one of the many excellent Calibrators that post here. Just include your location in your profile it would be easier for someone to help you. Good Luck with your new purchase and welcome to the forum.

Debo
11-23-2010, 09:16 AM
That TV calibrates very nicely with exceptional results. Start with the built in test patterns in the user menu. If you decide to go the professional route find a independent with good references.

jkkyler
11-23-2010, 11:01 AM
Hi Everyone,

I just bought a new LG 55" LED HDTV over the weekend. The sales person insisted that I sign up for one of their additional services that includes a TV calibration. I am really new to HDTVs and wanted to know if it's necessary and would I really notice/see a difference?

Thanks!

Is it neccessary - no . Would it be beneficial - most likely depending on the quality of the technician. The big things missing are what they are charging and what services are included if any (apart from the experience/quality of the person doing it). Best buy tends to be hit or miss as their techs vary greatly in experience and competency.

adrenalineseed
11-23-2010, 03:44 PM
Umm... Newbie Question. Why doesn't the manufacture calibrate the TV?

ImRizzo
11-23-2010, 04:32 PM
Umm... Newbie Question. Why doesn't the manufacture calibrate the TV?

Hmmmm ........

1st Cost

2nd Cost

3rd each set must be individually calibrated and preferably within it environment for consideration to ambient lighting.
Approx cost of professional calibration services approx $300.00 and up

adrenalineseed
11-23-2010, 05:20 PM
Hmmmm ........

1st Cost

2nd Cost

3rd each set must be individually calibrated and preferably within it environment for consideration to ambient lighting.
Approx cost of professional calibration services approx $300.00 and up

Ok I am confused as to what the word calibration means. I thought it meant the best settings for the best picture. They manufacture is already configuring default settings, how would it cost extra to change the defaults to something that looks better, it would cost less because more people would buy their TVs.

ImRizzo
11-23-2010, 05:41 PM
Ok I am confused as to what the word calibration means. I thought it meant the best settings for the best picture. They manufacture is already configuring default settings, how would it cost extra to change the defaults to something that looks better, it would cost less because more people would buy their TVs.

The manufacture simply sets their sets to pre-determined setting for various modes ie VIVID / Custom / Cinema / etc ( there are numerous nomenclatures assigned to these pre-determined settings which are basically generalized setting and not to peak picture mode because the manufacturers feel that most buyers are looking for that "POP" factor when they view a display not the true natural imagery (much like looking out your window) Some people do not appreciate the true natural realistic picture quality calibration achieves and would prefer that imaginary overly colored results acheived by the factory settings. It is difficult to explain without a visual image to judge by.

ImRizzo
11-23-2010, 05:53 PM
Examples: Calibrated images

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk225/IMRIZZO/Screen%20Shots/SUN068.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk225/IMRIZZO/Screen%20Shots/SUN052.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk225/IMRIZZO/Screen%20Shots/IJ057.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk225/IMRIZZO/Screen%20Shots/BS1015.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk225/IMRIZZO/Screen%20Shots/DT008.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk225/IMRIZZO/Screen%20Shots/pir006.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk225/IMRIZZO/Screen%20Shots/Rid422027.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk225/IMRIZZO/Screen%20Shots/1016.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk225/IMRIZZO/Screen%20Shots/1006.jpg

jkkyler
11-24-2010, 12:13 PM
Back in the 'olden' days when you bought a tv, the tv guy came to your house and set it up which in essence was a calibration. As time passed and things became 'cash and carry' this was abandoned. In the consumer market now people want to buy something, take it home and plug it in. Calibration could be done by the tv manuf. of today but as each set would need to be individually calibrated because no two sets are identical in picture when they roll off the asembly line this would add significant cost to tv's and the tv sellers have found out it isn't necc. for the majority of John Q Publics out there. They can offer the same tv for several hundred dollars cheaper and if you want it cheaper then you can pay for that premium service. This also allows tv manuf. to highlight their tv's by making them garishly bright or oversaturated thereby distinguishing them from others. This is the 'brighter is better' much like the 'louder is better' arguement (louder doesn't mean clearer or more accurate). If all tv's were calibrated then they would essentially all look the same in the store window (provided similar quality levels) and there would be no reason for you to buy one brand over another other than price and that does not appeal to tv sellers and manufacturers.

Diamonddave952
11-24-2010, 08:20 PM
Thanks for everyone's feedback!

SHOSHOSHO
11-26-2010, 03:18 PM
Not to nit pick but the title of the thread should be: "LCD HDTV with LED backlight Calibration"

Just saying :rolleyes: