Bigger TV (65") Recommendations

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  1. YMO

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    Thanks, but I don't do physical media anymore for movies. I'm all on Roku Ultra 2019, what films has everything except for Dolby Vision.
     
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    Then you'll just need to calibrate the TV and be done with it.
     
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    Any cheap solutions to that? Not like I'm spending $3k on a TV that would be worth to get it done professionally. I saw the 55 in Sony X950 gotten a price drop down to $1,000. I'll wait until I move to a new apartment in March to see if any of the 2020 models have something interesting to me (most likely not), or I can get a deal on a 2019 model.
     
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    You can pay for calibration from Best Buy for about $350, or you can learn to do it yourself, but the learning curve is a little steep.
     
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    Calibration is an art unto itself, and you need at least a decent colorimeter to do it, and the Rec.2020 disc to play. And THX blue glasses. All that, you'll spend a few hours probably getting it to a point where you're satisfied with it. But you still don't have the equipment/software needed to write it to the TV's LUT (color look-up table), depending upon the model you choose. Rather you'll just be making manual adjustments to the brightness, contrast, red, blue, green, etc., channels by hand.

    Or you can pay the Best Buy service fee, get them to do it, and they'll write the TV's LUT.

    Yes it sucks that they charge so much. But the gear & software to do it automatically is around $1500. Come to think of it, it'd be kinda cool to have one of those around for an occasional SBAF loaner tour. Maybe a "group buy" of one that can be sent around as needed.
     
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    I would not pay Best Buy to calibrate a TV unless they were my only option. Searches for reputable ISF-certified calibrators in your area would likely be more fruitful. A few calibrators are active over on AVS Forum as well and occasionally do calibration tours with a bunch of bookings over a few days.
     
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    I used Chad B back in the day (http://www.hdtvbychadb.com/tours.html), he's good.

    However, sets these days often come with at least one dialed in calibration setting, make sure you check all the modes and think it looks out of whack before you pay for this service. I haven't had to calibrate a set beyond the consumer settings for several years now.
     
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    I used D-Nice myself a few years ago. ;) And agreed re: stock settings on some newer TVs. The differences between the calibration and the default Samsung "Movie" mode (with other recommended changes available in the regular menus made) is pretty subtle for the most part. Most noticeable is that calibration removed a hefty red push on my F8500, and initially looked weird and overly green. I've since adjusted of course. Other than that, nothing really noticeable to the naked eye, despite the better results measured by the equipment and evidenced by the post-calibration charts.
     
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    The exception is for HDR. HDR has reintroduced the need for calibrators, since most sets have significant issues with color reproduction in HDR, despite being quite good in SDR. This may not be a major concern to most, but the majority of calibrators now are focused on calibrating HDR modes and just tweaking SDR grayscale, luminance, contrast and color balance very slightly.
     
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