Originally Posted by IronManFan
After getting a Chad B calibration, it’s like getting a new TV. This thing is stunning. The only downside is that I now see the depth of my ineptitude at tweaking my settings. I have no clue about self calibration, but if you can spring for a top-tier pro job, I highly recommend it over neophyte tinkering.
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I had Chad B stop by this past September and he had some serious equipment problems the whole time and had to start over and over and over..... (his devices were shutting down mid-calibration). I don’t know if they were overheating or were in need of repair or what, but they were literally turning off mid-calibration, forcing him to start over from the beginning, over and over and over…
Appointment was scheduled for 5:00 PM and he didn't leave until after 2:30AM, and all he calibrated was SDR: CAL-Day & CAL-Night
He did look at my brand-new Panny UB820 input, but said it was legit and no changes were needed, so basically walked me through the UB820's menu, which I had already navigated myself.
He 'attempted' to calibrate HDR but said it wasn't as easy as SDR and would try his best to tweak it some. I've heard others say they paid same price w/Chad and got all inputs calibrated and now only view in their CAL modes, but that was not the case in my experience. At the end of the day, it took over 9 hours and I didn't get a quality calibration, AND PAID FULL PRICE. He said he could attempt do more but being that it was then after 2:30 AM and I was tired af, I just told him that's enough man, I gotta get to bed!
So now I have SDR CAL-Day & CAL-Night, but neither of them even looked good when watching television, XBONE, NetFlix, AmazonTV or even media discs, so I literally HAVE NOT EVEN USED THEM AT ALL, not once!...smh
Others on this forum have stated they live in CAL-Day & CAL-Night, but not me. Movie, Standard or Dynamic all look a million times better.
In addition, the recent firmware updates have made them look even worse, so yeah, $450 for nothing. Maybe folks are getting quality calibrations, but in my experience, it was a waste of time money. Granted he did have non-stop equipment problems, but that's not my fault.
Constant equipment failures/shutdowns forcing him to start over from the beginning at least 8 times, taking over 9 hours, no price relief (FULL PRICE of $450) only to have me just use the out-of-box Movie, Standard or Dynamic modes, just left a bad taste in my mouth.
Sure, he said he could stay longer and do more, but what am I supposed to do, stay up all night as his equipment shutdowns mid-session? It was 2:30 in the morning! I asked if he could come by the next day or evening but he was leaving Austin later that morning, so yeah..
Nice guy and not bashing him as a person nor professional, but come on man!
Thank God I have the Q9FN, cause I don't know what I would do if the out-of-box Movie, Standard or Dynamic modes didn't look as good as they do.
IIRC, this was his first Q9FN but had worked on the previous year's Q9F.
So there it is FWIW..
Q9FN, UB820, Bose ST300 (full set)
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