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Old 11-29-2005, 01:57 PM   #1  
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Does $400 seem like a lot for someone to come to my house for 2 hours to calibrate my hi-def sammy DLP?????
I paid $2000 for it, that's nearly a 1/4 of the cost of the set for calibration.
Is it worth it? The guy tells me that I will be amazed by the difference......and that my set is not nearly running to it's potential.
any experience, comments????
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Old 11-29-2005, 02:09 PM   #2  
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$400 sounds a little high, unless he is going to optimize more than just one input on your display, or do other calibrations like audio.
Normally, they start about $275 and up for a rear projection display. At least for the quotes I've researched.
Of course, the most expensive are usually CRT rear projection sets that need convergence, lens cleaned, darkening material added inside, etc.
You might get a detailed list of exactly what he plans to do, and look at others in your area, if available.
I take it you got his name from www.imagingscience.com
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$400 sounds a little high, unless he is going to optimize more than just one input on your display, or do other calibrations like audio.
Normally, they start about $275 and up for a rear projection display. At least for the quotes I've researched.
Of course, the most expensive are usually CRT rear projection sets that need convergence, lens cleaned, darkening material added inside, etc.
You might get a detailed list of exactly what he plans to do, and look at others in your area, if available.
I take it you got his name from www.imagingscience.com
I really did not see what there is to calibrate on a DLP. Set the color to your taste add a good source and enjoy. Put $400 in you bank account.
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I really did not see what there is to calibrate on a DLP. Set the color to your taste add a good source and enjoy. Put $400 in you bank account.
Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
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Things were so much cheaper when I was ignorant!
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Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
Why do you make this statement. He ask a simple question to all on the board my answer was base on my viewing perference of which he can take or not. You are making a judgment which person comment are correct as if you are a calibration expert? You have assign my post to the ignorant pile so I quess that means yours is brilliant. So alll that don't agree with you or have opposite views are ignorant as well.
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Why do you make this statement. He ask a simple question to all on the board my answer was base on my viewing perference of which he can take or not. You are making a judgment which person comment are correct as if you are a calibration expert? You have assign my post to the ignorant pile so I quess that means yours is brilliant. So alll that don't agree with you or have opposite views are ignorant as well.
WE ARE ALL ignorant about things we have not experienced yet.
It was not intended to be an insult.
I do not consider myself a calibration expert, but I do understand the process and have seen the difference between calibrated and non-calibrated displays.

As such, it is my informed opinion and not a judgement.

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I had my Sammy 61" DLP calibrated. It cost $400 and he did two inputs. Since there are no convergence issues with DLP sets, an ISF guy can't do anything to improve focus or resoultion. He can only set grey scale and colors. When it was done, I was impressed with the difference. It is not as dramatic as the difference between SD and HD, but I got to be a bit of an HD junkie when I had Voom and now HD cable and what I really notice is the over cranked "clown-like" colors are gone. Natural scenes in particular (jungles, nature scenes, etc) look especially good.

I watched him the whole time and most consumers don't have the expensive machines to measure color and grey scale nor the expertise to go back to the service menus and correct the settings until a meter tells you they are set correctly.

It is expensive and a bit difficult to justify (especially to the wife) that the difference is worth it. It was to me but to some folks it may be in the luxury or nice to have category.

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