Television calibration

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  1. Deafjeff

    Deafjeff Well-Known Member

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    Hello all!

    I know that I have not been here for a while... Sorry about that. Stephen have been updating me :earswave:

    just a a quick technical question, have any of you had your television professionally calibrated? Was it worth it?

    Jeff
     
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    well I've had monitors professionally calibrated but for a specific reason. I wanted to make sure that what I was seeing on screen was exactly the same as what was printed. So I used proper colour profiles on my cameras, monitors and printers to make sure that there were no colour casts etc. It's one of the things that sets a professional aside from all the "I bought a dslr and I'm a wedding photographer now" type of people. In terms of making a difference, it was huge and well worth every penny.

    I've never had a TV profiled because with a tv I couldn't care less what "proper" green is, all I care about is what looks right and pleasing to me :) in fact, I once lent my studio to a videographer (against my better judgement) and came back the next day to find the monitor colour balance totally messed up. He said when I was showing the video it was all washed out :( well no NOT washed out, set properly to an icc colour profile :/

    So nah, no point in using a pro for TVs IMHO. I just get the tv setup, then I make sure I can see several ranges of dark grey to black and several ranges of white all the way to completely white. I probably turn the saturation down a few notches (which makes it feel more real for me) or you can go the Sony way and turn UP the saturation :)

    Either way, if its a new tv the settings will drift anyway and a later firmware may change things anyway
     
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    Thanks for this. My difficulties is I don't understand all this jerkins when it comes to television. We got OLED and want to maximise everything.
     
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    Hey sweetheart :hug2: good to see you. I can't believe we are missing each other again this year :( I feel a trip to Cardiff is needed.

    I have no idea about your TV just wanted to give you some :hug2:
     
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    Awww thanks :) And yes a trip to Cardiff is urgently required!!
     
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    Chris has got leave to take, I'll see what we can arrange :D
     
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    going back to this one for a second, there are some great deals on oled at the moment, which models do people have and are you pleased with them?
     
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    We have this http://www.trustedreviews.com/lg-55eg920v-review

    I will not be going back to LED television again. We have Sony LED in the movie room and we can see the difference especially with the black level.

    I like my television to display a proper black rather than black with grey tone.

    Especially with sci fi base films such as Star Wars :)

    Gravity was stunning with pitch black!


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    Check that it can stream 4K and handle 4K blu Ray as not all last year model can do both.l or even UHD.

    Ours can handle both but not UHD via Netflix and can show Amazon prime UHD.


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    Jeff is right, check that it can handle both HDR up scaling from both streaming and UHD sources. I've a feeling that it can't deal with one of them.
    The 950 is the older flat screen version. Most reviews had it coming second to the 920 which is the (slightly) curved version, which we have. I always always dubious about the curve because those stretched reflections get on my nerves but actually the curve on the 920 isn't bad at all.
    The brand new (very expensive ones) are truly stunning.
    I'd always be opting now for the LG oled screens over any other make/model.
     
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    wow ok thanks for that! I've never been a fan of the LG menu systems but I think that's updated on the more recent sets. I have one of the latest and greatest samsungs at the moment which is fantastic but not really OLED standard tbh. In the OLED world there's basically lG or panasonic who put their own system over an LG oled panel.

    The samsung I have is curved and whilst it doesnt bother me, I think it's a gimmick and i'd prefer flat next time I think.

    I gave it a miss today. tempting though it was if I'm going to spend 3k I'd prefer to spend 5k and get the very best. As you say, the newest generation do seem like a step forward
     
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    I didn't have any of my TVs professionally calibrated, but I did buy the HD Essentials HD DVD (yes, I still have one!). The disc comes with a set of coloured filters that you look through while adjusting the picture. It's great once you finish, but it's pretty revealing how bad a TV's accuracy is as soon as you take it out of the box!

    Once finished, the picture took a day or two to get used to. It looked dark and a little flat but it causes no eyestrain with extended viewing and I don't have any of the crushed blacks or whites I see so often on other TVs.

    Sadly, I lent the disc to a friend who lost it. They do the disc on blu-ray now, so I think it's worth it.
     
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    yeah that's what I've used too... really easy, just tune the first screen until you can just see all the gray boxes but cant see the black ones... few screens of that and all done
     
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    Well, I know where I need to coe when we buy our next TV, which might be sooner rather than lately if Chris has his way :lol:
     
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    Stephen was the same. He wasn't too keen in getting professionally calibrated. I booked it and to,d him AFTERWARD :)

    I think it was useful. He calibrated more than what the DVD can offer. He was here for 5 hours calibrating two televisions. If we going to spend lots of money on television, I would get it professionally calibrating so I can see what the TV company wanted to us to see.

    Every time I have new television, I personally would get it calibrated.


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    so after a year with the LG, how are you finding it???? whats good and what's not so good?
     
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    Hi,

    We love OLED that we recently upgraded to C7 55 inch and it is incredible especially we got Oppo player to watch Dolby Vision films and Netflix.

    Star Trek Discovery on Netflix Dolby Vision simply stunning. We have someone coming in this Saturday to calibrate our television especially we have Apple TV 4K and so far looks quite impressive.

    We previewed BBC HLG programme and it is stunning and can not wait for that to become mainstream.

    Of course UHD disc will always be better, the different is smaller than I expected.

    Will not be going back to LED or Samsung.


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