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Plasma TV calibration

by EE40 / May 10, 2008 6:20 AM PDT

What is up with the "calibration" of plasma and LCD TVs. Best buy wants $300. 00 to send some tech out after TV is broken in(1000 hrs). They showed me a demo of what it does, it keeps dark colors from running togeather, measures kelvin temp. and sets accordingly. Sales person said all new TV's default settings are manipulated to give the best picture in the show room(more blue, more red to comp. for blues, increased contrast, etc.., and the TV's therefore run 30% hotter than suggested. They recommend the calibration and the demo shows more picture detail but I don't know if this is just another trick to get into our wallets. Salesperson said it has to be done by a certified tech and they actually open up the TV to make adjustments. It is not something that can be done within the TV's menu options.

Anyone delt with this or have any input?

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Just wait.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 10, 2008 6:34 AM PDT
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Yes I have a calibrated TV
by gabereyes / May 10, 2008 2:21 PM PDT
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I got it about three years ago, after buying three types of calibration disc.

I love it, and I could never watch TV any other way, at first it look diffrent, but overtime youll see more and more detail and accuracy.

this is just new to best buy, it will take awhile to understand for the average consumer.

but its worth the money.

good luck

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Its not a scam
by gretzkyv99 / May 13, 2008 1:00 AM PDT

Go to ISF (Imaging Science Federation) website and it will tell you all you need to know. Cnet does an excellant job at showing you what tv's run at a calibrated setting and it does make a difference. Some of the better tv's come with a "calibrated" like setting (Pioneer Elite Plasmas) but most come with the colors much too intense. In this area some stores run as high as 1000 bucks for this service.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 13, 2008 1:05 AM PDT
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Just for fun I asked for a satisfaction guaranty on the calibration. They (BB) couldn't oblige. For now I'm sticking with the DIY method and it looks great.

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