Any of you folks ever had your TV professionally calibrated to get the best picture possible? I have a Panasonic plasma and it just doesn't have the "pop" that it should. I was wondering if there is any one locally that does it that doesn't charge an arm and a leg? Thanks!
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First, try this link: http://plasmatvbuyingguide.com/
Poke around and find your model. You should then be able to see what others recommend for your settings.
I have two Panasonic plasma TV's - a 42" and a 58". The 42 is about 7 years old and the 58 is about 5 years old. I adjusted them both to the recommended settings I found on that site and both definitely "pop".
Is your plasma a 720P or 1080P? What size is your screen?
When I purchased them, there was not anyone (that I knew of anyway) in this area who did professional calibrations so I went with the above. I think Best Buy's Geek Squad does calibrations but I can not vouch for their quality. If you decide to go the professional route, check with Jamieson's on Monroe St. I'll bet they can recommend someone.
Hey, Foodie. I have a 60" Panasonic P60ST30, 2 years old. Its 1080P. Its my understanding that the only way we get a 1080P picture is watching Blu-ray. All the high def from buckeye is 1080i at the most. I've tried those settings from that site you posted but it didn't seem to improve much. I'm getting that whole house DVR like you guys and see what happens. There is a guy down in Piqua that does calibrations for $450 and $200.
http://hdtvbychadb.com/ You probably know about this site:
http://www.avsforum.com/f/ . Lots of info there. I'll let you know how I make out!
Thinking about it, there are a ton of people on that plasma board over on the AVSforum that swear by having your set professionally calibrated. That guy in Piqua supposedly gives discounts for multiple customers. It would be nice to get about six people together and get a hell of a discount.
Yep, I've been on the AVS forum for years. And, I've heard of Chad B. He comes highly recommended by those who have used him. There is no doubt a professional calibration can do wonders for your HD TV. It's just something I've never gotten around to having done. We don't watch a ton of TV so I guess I've never felt justified in spending the $$.
As for 1080P, you will not get it (yet) from any of the major broadcast networks - it's not just a Buckeye "thing." Fox is 720P, CBS is 1080i and I'm not sure about ABC, NBC. We very rarely tune in to the ABC, NBC or CBS. Blu-Ray definitely gets you 1080P. And, if I'm not mistaken, I believe there are now a couple of Internet streaming sources - Netflix, for one I believe - that will give you 1080P. Need to make sure you've got enough bandwidth coming into your home though.