Professional RPTV Calibration in the UK?

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  1. jon_c0

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    Having spent quite a time looking over the (US) AVS Forums, mostly following the trials and tribulations of those having just bought the new Sony SXRD RPTVs that are destined for our shores in a couple of months, I've noticed the general emphasis placed on getting RPTVs (whatever make/model) calibrated by an engineer specialising in the procedure. If the reports are to be believed from user experiences in these other forums, the performance of calibrated sets can almost be like chalk and cheese when compared to their pre-calibrated quality, but it does require a specialist with experience of service menus, the correct test equipment etc. In addition, the impression I get is that there's no "one size fits all" set-up that works for all sets of the same model, with calibration being specific to the set in question to deal with the variance present.

    Now - I know that the RPTV market here is miniscule compared to that of the States, but outside of using DVDs like DVE etc. to do "amateur" calibration, are there professionals that offer this kind of detailed RPTV set-up service in the UK?
     
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    i've been on the AVS Forum all the time too, this tv needs to be professionally calibrated; after you've owned it about a month :cool:

    but they do mention the correct settings anway, i've seen this on about 4 postings
     
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    The point is that there are no "correct settings" in the context of a professionally calibrated set - what you've seen are the user-side settings that people have found satisfying from a home-tuned perspective. As I understand it, professional calibration involves the use of equipment to analyse the actual output and hence involves a proper knowledge of what you're tweaking to achieve this in the service menu. The settings willl also vary on a per-set basis, so even if someone had published all of their service menu settings post-calibration (which they haven't) these wouldn't necessarily achieve the same effect on a different set.

    Anyway...thanks LV426 and hornydragon...interesting stuff, if a little pricey. I have DVE from past fiddling with a Sony and Sagem, but I was just wondering about the possibility of getting something done professionally when/if I end up getting a new RPTV in the near future.
     
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    yes ok :suicide: ha ha!

    it is worth getting calibrated because:-

    1....the improvement in P.Q/realism is enormous, because they all say this.
    2....this tv is so expensive, that it needs to looks its best; or you're simply wasting your money :eek:

    price for calibrating the SXRD will be over 250 quid :eek: :eek: but you might find that a Sony Centre Engineer can calibrate a tv too!
     
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    Not to ISF standards, they should be able to adjust the projection side but as for the image they are unlikely to have the training or equpment (£10k worth in some cases) to calibrate it properly also remeber that the source materiel and equipment will vary Sky HD and US HD could be totally different output characteristics etc
     
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    There are only around 20 or so fully trained ISF calibrators in the UK - the full list is published at www.imagingscience.com. As HD says we have to go through plenty of training and invest in decent equipment to this properly.

    A properly calibrated display is unique to it's ambient surroundings and the connected equipment and as such it is unlikely that any two will have exactly the same settings.

    HTH

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    thanks, i'll remember this thread!
     

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