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Having my HDTV Calibrated
Posted 08 April 2002 - 02:28 PM
This weekend renowned Calibrationist Gregg Loewen (and now ISF certified) will be coming to Connecticut to perform his magic on my Toshibia TW40X81 HD Set!
I first read about Gregg's Magic over the the Home Theater Forums Website (Click to read about the Magic Gregg works) When I found out his specialty was Toshiba HD units I emailed Gregg and told him I wanted his services. Would you believe this guy is so good he has months of work scheduled in advance?
I have gone through my set and tweeked it with both AVIA and Video Essentials and got what I think is a really good picture. Others who have had Gregg work on their sets have done the same thing, and all say that the AVAI/VE picture was nothing compaired to what Gregg had their picture looking like when he left.
I am also hopefull that Gregg will "restack" my screen, this means (from what i understand) he will take the protective screen (which has tons of glare) and move it to the back this way I see no more glare and also get a much better picture.
While I am really really excited to have him work on my set, the ultimate judge on Greggs work will be my wife, who considers HDTV just "pictures and words" if he can WOW her he can wow anyone!
I have email Gregg and asked him to join us over here at DBStalk, I know he is busy but perhaps he can answer some questions for us.
I plan on taking some pictures and notes (if its ok with Greg) and show you some of the work he did on my set. Because I am not big on how these things work (I just plug them in and expect them to work) my report wont be too detailed so rest assured most of his secrects will be safe.
While Gregg is now ISF certified I am told that his work goes way beyond what a normal ISF calibration give you.
I am excited and can't wait to watch him perform his magic.
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Posted 09 April 2002 - 05:32 AM
Posted 09 April 2002 - 06:55 AM
I am still hoping (HINT HINT) that he explains a little bit of what he does.
Posted 09 April 2002 - 06:56 AM
Posted 09 April 2002 - 07:09 AM
Some of the things Greg does in his work is...
Mechanical disabling of SVM
Protective screen removal (or screen restacking)
Cleaning of optics and mirror
Adjustment of overscan
Herman TLV Manuvuer
Front panel adjustment of user controls
Grey scale adjustment to 6500D K
Usual ISF work usualy only does Geometry Adjustment, Convergence and Grey Scale Adjustment to 6500D K. Most ISF will not even put a screwdriver to your set.
Gregg does occational do "group calibrations" where a group of people put up for his airfair and hotel costs to get him to a certain area then he does his magic to their sets.
Greg is considered one of the top Calibrationists in the US today. Which is why I am so excited about him coming to work on my set.
Posted 11 April 2002 - 08:53 AM
Does anyone have any questions that maybe I can ask him?
Since Gregg is now a member of the forum perhaps he can even answer him here.
Again I plan on taking some photos showing his handywork!
Posted 14 April 2002 - 04:04 PM
Now that hes done all's that I can say is WOW!
I didn't think my set could do pictures this glorious. Everything almost looks 3D now! I am suprised to say that DVD's look almost as good (if not better) then any HDTV programming I have seen on HBO HD. Although with that being said the pictures on the Dish Network HD Demo channel now appear as though I am looking out my window!
I am happy (and very excited) to say that Gregg was able to Eliminate all the glare from my screen by restacking the screen. I can now watch TV with no problem with the shades open and all the lights on!
I plan on doing a full writeup with photos, but at the moment my family and I are going to sit down and watch A.I.
If you have the ability to have Gregg Loewen to come to your house to calibrate your set, jump on the chance!
Again more details later!
Posted 15 April 2002 - 10:04 AM
Scott, it was a pleasure to meet you and your family.
Scott's set was extremely blue in color, and the temps were 2-3 times as high as they should be. Focus was not great, as was the convergence.
We watched some of Pearl Harbour which I have only previously viewed from my laptop while flying to LA. The sound was awesome. I will definitely be watching it again in my home theater.
I gave the set the "full meal deal", which used to take me around 8 hours. I have it down to about 4-5 hours now.
Posted 15 April 2002 - 11:34 AM
Any plans on coming to South Texas?
Thanks for visiting DBSTalk!
Posted 15 April 2002 - 09:52 PM
I will go anywhere. Basically I need at least 4 calibrations and my flight covered. I try to fly with Saturday nite stay overs to keep the costs down. Email if your serious and we can start to make some plans.
My website is in beta right now www.greggloewen.com/test
it will be active by the week's end, www.greggloewen.com and will have pricing info etc on it.