HDTVbyChadB

What I'd like to know is...

Q: What about 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision?


A: Standard 4K calibrates exactly like normal 1080P.  However, HDR10 and Dolby Vision calibration requires some specific tools, like CalMAN 2016 and an HDR capable pattern generator, which are used in Chad B's ISF calibration.  With these standards at their infancy, there can be some significant limitations as to what can be done in HDR10 and DV modes.  DV calibration requires Golden Reference files to be published by Dolby for the particular model of display being calibrated; currently those files are available for the Vizio reference series.  HDR10 and DV will be calibrated as much as possible with compatible displays. 


Q: Do you calibrate 3D?


A: Yes, a 3D capable pattern generator is used to calibrate 3D mode, and it's included in the ISF calibration if desired.



Q: I think I'm interested in a calibration.  How does this whole process work?

A: The first step would be to fill out the short contact form.  Your should receive a prompt response from scheduler Darrell B, and he will work with you to schedule an appointment.  It is essential to fill out the contact form to get the scheduling process started.  A reminder will be sent out a day before the appointment, and then Chad B will arrive at your house to calibrate your TV.



Q: What areas do you cover? 

A: HDTV by Chad B is based in Ohio, and most of the midwest and eastern regions of the United States are serviced with regular road trips from Ohio to Florida, DC, Texas, Virginia, New York, Michigan, Chicago, and most areas in between and close by.   Tours are scheduled multiple times a year; so if you live in, around, or between any of these areas, you can get a calibration scheduled.  Scheduling begins as demand builds in a given region, and demand is based on contact form submissions.  Flights anywhere else in the United States are possible.  Please see the tours page for a primary coverage area map.
 

Q: Which video calibration service should I choose: ISF Calibration or Express Plus?

A: Chad B's ISF Calibration is the most thorough, precise calibration service possible for your equipment.  It doesn't matter how long it takes or how complex your system or display is, or even if you use an external video processor.  The ExpressPlus was created as a faster, less expensive alternative for either budget displays or displays with less detailed calibration adjustments.  If you do not require seperate Day, Night, and 3D calibrations, your display lacks multipoint white balance or CMS controls, and you don't desire to have all the calibration procedures explained to you during the calibration process, there's a good chance it can be calibrated in about 90 minutes or less.  In those instances, the ExpressPlus can give outstanding results with less time and expense.  If you are unsure, feel free to inquire about the best choice for your display. 

 
Q: Will Chad B or someone else be doing my calibration?

A: Your calibration will be done by Chad B. 


Q: What is the final cost?

A: There are no hidden charges or fees; all prices listed on this site are real, out the door amounts.
 

Q: I'd rather just use your settings.  Where can I find them?

A: For the most detailed answer, please see this post on AVS Forum.  HDTV by Chad B doesn't publish or share settings, mainly because each display needs it's own individual calibration.

 
Q: Do you calibrate displays that use older technologies, like CRT projectors?  What about rear projection TVs?

A: Yes; however, as these and other legacy devices age, many service related issues can occur such as bad solder joints, bad capacitors, etc.  These issues are becoming more and more frequent with CRT based displays, and since HDTV by Chad B is not equipped to make repairs, those issues can make calibration impossible.  As a result, CRT front and rear projector calibration will be considered on a case by case basis, but extra expenses may occur if there is a service issue that makes calibration impossible or much more difficult.  A calibration should not be requested on any dated equipment where there is a question about faulty or worn equipment.  

 
Q: I'm getting into DIY calibration.  Can I hire you to come profile my meter to my displays?

A: Yes.  The Jeti 1211 spectro used by Chad B is an extremely sensitive and precise reference meter.  It can be used to make a profile for your meter on your individual displays.  Pricing and time required would be similar to an Express Plus calibration, but you can save if you combine the meter profiling with a display calibration.


Q: Should I make the room totally dark before you come to calibrate my TV?

A: Definitely for front projectors.  For flat panel TVs, just close the blinds or drapes when possible and do what you can to minimize room light. 
 

Q: Does my display need to be broken in?  If so, how long and with what?

A: It's generally believed that OLED displays benefit from about 300 hours of operation, with multiple on/off cycles, for professional calibration to be more effective in the long term.  It is also beneficial to break in front projector lamps for about 100 hours.  For LED LCDs, conventional break in is generally not needed; just watch it a minimum of 5 hours to make sure it's a "keeper."  Generally, there is no benefit from using special slides or other specialized content for break in of currently produced displays.
 

Q: How long does a video calibration take?

A: ISF calibration on most flat panels take 3 to 5 hours, and most front projectors need about 4 to 7 hours.  CRT projectors take all day.  The ExpressPlus calibration has a time goal of 90 minutes. 

 
Q: Do I need to wait until I get my new Blu Ray player or cable box before I schedule a calibration?

A: It wouldn't hurt for peace of mind, but it's usually not necessary.  All Blu Ray players I've come across (with the exception of some older LGs) are accurate enough with their HDMI outputs at default positions (not in any preset picture modes except normal or default) that they match the output of my pattern generator.  When I use my generator to calibrate your TV, it will be ready for your Blu Ray player or cable box. 

 
Q: Is it OK to route all my sources through my receiver and into one input on the TV?

A: Usually, but in rare instances one source may have an inaccurate output and no picture adjustments to correct it with. Also, if you are routing S-Video or composite into your receiver and having it transcode to HDMI, there may be some mismatch on that source. In either of these cases it would be possible but not ideal to do so.