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Just had my 42phd8 isf calibrated......

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by ukdan, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. ukdan

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    Piers has been round and calibrated my phd8, and what a difference!
    Very happy with the results.
    Money well spent, every one should consider having theirs done the difference is VERY noticeable.
    Im sure piers will be along to give you technical details at some point.
    Im off to watch some films.....
     
  2. Mep

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    piers is a da man!......where do you see most improvement?
     
  3. NikB

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    How much does this service cost on average? If it can't be published on the forum could someone PM me?
     
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    Piers and Gordon seem to be the men that do this. If you find a post from them - and there are plenty, look in their signatures and there will be links to their web sites, you should find the details you want there.

    I will give Gordon a little longer to settle in down South and will then be begging him to come and work his magic on my setup........



    Abs
     
  5. Piers

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    ukdan,

    Thanks for the kind words. Only technical details that I can add are that the calibration of your PHD8 screen produced the best results that my software has ever reported - the PQ didn't look too shoddy either : ))

    Gutted that your screen is silent compared to mine.
     
  6. ukdan

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    It seems the picture has more detail than before, the colours have improved and blacks seem blacker.
    Just watched the film sin city (crap film but has lots of mixed dark/light scenes) and noticed the brightness change is not so noticeable (but still there).
     
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    Hi ukdan,

    Really pleased that you like the results of your ISF, it's always nice to hear when fellow members get results that they're really pleased with :) . I've recently had my Pioneer 435XDE ISF'd by Gordon and I'm really pleased with the results. I did feel terrible though because the guy left London at about 8 on a Saturday morning, arrived at around 12:45 and stayed at mine for about 4 and 1/2 hours, he did a great job and was well worth the modest cost. Unfortunately it's very difficult for me to pin down the improvements from the ISF alone because the Lumagen was installed at the same time. Now this really has improved things, especially Sky which often looks fantastic now whereas previously it was always a bit ropey really (although Corrie still looks pants compared to most other programs).
    I think that the plasma was bobbing the fields previously whereas the Lumagen performs clever interpolative deinterlacing on video material and stitches fields from film or progressive material back into proper frames. The upshot, I believe, is double the resolution in many circumstances, so if you have a few more hundred quid burning a hole in your pocket then thats your next upgrade I reckon :)
    Sorry to hear about your brightness change problem. I would say that all plasmas, from what I have learned, have pro's and con's but the Panasonic PHD series I believe have an awful lot more pro's than con's :) . I have heard of similar stories with the Panasonic TH42PV500, is your problem a similar one? I ask as I have a friend who wants my advice as to which PDP to get and any knowledge is useful.
    Anyway, again it's great to hear your enjoying the results of Piers hard work.

    All the best,

    Damo

    PS, I recently watched Sin City on my new setup (haven't seen it before ISF and Lumagen install) and I have to say that the image was utterly superb, in fact so good as I might even say jaw dropping.
     
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    Scaler is the next step but i have ran out of money. It'll have to be an early birthday present next year along with sky hd etc.
    The brightness change, to me is not bad but i would recommend that your friend gets a demo first.
     
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    I too am ready for Piers and his magic but have decided to hold on until sky hd is installed otherwise he would have to come back and charge me again poor man. oh and I have one of those nasty iscan scalers for him to play with :rotfl:

    I bet my screen is louder than his :(
     
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    how do you find the iscan Nicke20?
     
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    Can a panasonic th42pe50 be calibrated or is it just for panels??
     
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    I like it, 1:1 pixel mapping gives a great improvement in picture, it acts as my input switcher as I output all feeds via vga into the panel, the audio delay function is a big plus. the complete setup is controlled by a pronto so it sits invisibly in the process as far as the wife and kids are concerned. I would say it took an afternoon to get up to speed with how to use it, and im certain after Piers has played I will find that I have only scratched the surface !
    I think we will only see what our panels can realy do when we have a hi def feed for them, be that blue ray or sky,
    My choice of panel was only ever sd or hd plus scaler its a bit of a all or nothing approach, brought on from a demo by my mate pottsy on the forum very simply he played a feed from a digibox in via vga then switched on the scaler (pre set up but not isf'd) Id have got the wallet out then :)
    one last point, totaly naff point it looks good :D

    Nick
     
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    Pretty much all displays can be calibrated. What varies is the amount of adjustments that are available in the user and service menus. If that model is an older VIERRA then the answer is a definate YES.

    Gordon
     
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    if I count in the 2 hours a day... tweaking my high- end-htpc for 3 years now :)
    the hours gathering information, software , modified drivers, pattern generators,
    test-dvds, bluefilters, to get decent results

    sometimes penetrates in my mind:

    isn`t it a much better and clever idea to buy a highend-scaler and an ISF-calibrator ?

    but then I would miss the countless hours in front of PCs and Macs retarding to the status of fifteen, when
    I tuned my 50 ccm motocycle. (died when I finally reached the 100km/h barrier)

    :hiya:

    best
    mine
     
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    I only hired an ISF-calibrator, not sure how much one costs to buy :D
     
  16. Piers

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    Priceless mate I assure you ;)
     
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    Id wait a while, they always come down in price when the newer model comes out
     
  18. Piers

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    No, they are like good wines, get more expensive as they age.
     
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    Not so, I found you on ebay- one Piers, reserve, 5 English pounds :thumbsup:
     
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    Ill never be able to afford you then Piers :D
     
  21. Piers

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    It wasn't this one that was on eBay :nono:
     
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    Each to their own and all that, but for the sake of balance, I thought that Sin City was the proverbial breath of fresh air...cool in an appealing way; not just stylised for the sake of it. [But then I did enjoy Dusk till Dawn and Spy Kids too]
     
  23. ukdan

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    Like you said, each to their own :)
     
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    I believe it's just crap knock off copies that are on ebay.....they rely on the gullible......

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