Video-Calibration-Cost-Benefit: Do It Yourself (DIY) calibration

Video-Calibration-Cost-Benefit via Do It Yourself...

The cost benefit of DIY TV calibration is favorable. Costs are low and benefits can be noticeable. DVD & BluRay calibration disks are available to guide you through a high-level calibration using your DVD or BD player and usually a blue filter.

If you enjoy fiddling and have the time to study up on the subject; some good disk choices are: Digital Video Essentials (DVE) $35, AVIA Guide to Home Theater. $40

An informative NY Times article discussing these disks is: Avia and Digital Video Essentials for Beginners

video-calibration-cost-benefit: Professional Calibration

Video-Calibration-Cost-Benefit via a professional...

A professional calibration can be expensive. However, when compared to the total investment you've already made in your viewing system and the increased enjoyment you will get from it; a calibration can be a very good value and a favorable cost benefit.

A calibration will optimize the performance of the viewing system to your viewing environment. You'll get the maximum performance your system is able to deliver.

Benefits of a professional calibration include:

  • Eager to educate & involve you in the calibration process
  • Lab-quality test equipment is used for pattern signal generation & readings/data collection
  • Sophisticated calibration software is used for data capture, graphing, analysis
  • Color reports are provided to compare & evaluate outcomes: Pre-calibration report & post-calibration report
  • Greater control over adjustments - only available through the hidden service menu
  • Enabling additional viewing modes - if provided in the hidden service menu. These additional modes frequently provide a greater range of adjustment to better optimize high-amibient/daytime viewing & light-controlled/night viewing- eg. isfNight, isfDay
  • Set black level & white level to maximize the dynamic range without losing shadow (black crush) or white detail (white compression) or causing a color shift
  • Set the gray scale color temperature to the industry standard 6500 kelvin
  • Balance the blend of red/green/blue colors to create a linear gray-scale without color tints
  • Adjust the primary & secondary color points to closely matchthe Rec. 709 industry standard color gamut. This is accomplished with quality test equipment and without using blue/red/green color filters. Color filters deteriorate over time and vary due to manufacturing tolerances.
  • Display will likely last longer & use less engery, once it is adjusted correctly
  • Check out & adjust of the entire viewing system
  • Experience with optimizing equipment like yours

video-calibration-cost-benefit, DIY or Pro... which is best for me?

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