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Old 07-19-2006, 04:17 PM   #1  
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I got a quote from someone saying the minimum for calibration and convergence is $500. Now that seems a little steep to me considering I bought my TV for $475 used. What prices should I look for?
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I got a quote from someone saying the minimum for calibration and convergence is $500. Now that seems a little steep to me considering I bought my TV for $475 used. What prices should I look for?
about $3000 or more (for the HDTV worth ISF calibration) -enjoy your $500 TV as is - or run a Video Essentials or Avia calibration DVD optimizing the user controls for for your own education and satisfaction --before thinking about getting some professional tweaking on a inexpensive HDTV
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I'd think more like $300. Check the ISF website for a tech near you. Sometimes they will charge more if you live a long ways away from their area.

See: http://www.imagingscience.com/

The fact that you only paid $475 for it has no bearing on the price of ISF charges.
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Hah, well thats a pretty obvious given, sort of silly. I was just stating the fact that I dont want to pay more than what I paid for it to get it calibrated, doesnt make sense to me. I contacted 3 people near me, all charging $475+. I think ill just say screw it, pick up a DVD and try to adjust everything myself.
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What is the TV?
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I have read that the Video Essentials DVD is really good for the DIY calibrator. I am considering getting it for myself. Do you have any thoughts on it?
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Hah, well thats a pretty obvious given, sort of silly. I was just stating the fact that I dont want to pay more than what I paid for it to get it calibrated, doesnt make sense to me.
An ISF calibration will improve any display that has the intrinsic controls necessary for the calibration.

Full calibrations done on these displays, no matter what you pay for them, allows for the viewer to see accurately rendered material. As a matter of fact, the displays price is not important at all. Any display that has the ability to be controlled (in user or service) for light output, geometry/conversion and white balance, is a candidate for calibration. Panasonic RPTV's of the early days of High Definition, are a perfect example. Many ISF calibrators (sturdy early adopters) picked up one of these for less $$$ than nearly any other type. The results of side by side comparisons showed both in the eyes of the beholders and with measurements, that these displays can/could hold their own against any and all comers.

As far as the $500 quote, my site has a list of recommended prices.

One input for a crt based device is $300.
For a flat panel, dlp, lcos, etc. is $275.

Without knowing exactly what display you own, it is difficult to quote any further.

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My advice is DIY... with a tweak. Set aside the first week for doing a lot of switching to a variety of porgramming/stations. Keep the TV remote very handy so you can be tweaking the picture settings. I suspect by week's end, you'll be happy.

i.e. Do not try and accomplish everything is 15 minutes and call it a day!
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