TV Calibration Service (Professional ISF Calibration)
TV calibration is the process of adjusting a television’s picture settings to improve how it looks. The importance of calibration is frequently misunderstood and so it is often dismissed as an unnecessary step by retailers in their efforts to sell a new TV. Yet without calibrating your display for the best picture, the colour and mood of the original production (“image fidelity”) will be lost. We provide a professional ISF calibration service for all current TV technologies.
Why Should I Calibrate My TV?
Have you ever noticed how all the television pictures in large electrical retailers seem to vary substantially in colour and quality, even though they are displaying the same channel? They are normally designed by their manufacturers to render an attractive image under retail lighting conditions and to stand out from the competition. How do you know which TVs, if any, are accurate? A “Shop” picture mode will frequently use an incorrect colour temperature, a lower than ideal black level (resulting in crushed shadow detail) and contrast “enhancers” to create an image that helps to sell the TV in a competitive market. These picture settings will hurt the dynamic range of the image, use an incorrect gamma, and ramp up the colours to neon levels.
Certain Blu-ray discs are readily available such as, Spears & Munsil and Digital Video Essentials, which contain test patterns and real-life material frequently used to adjust the standard TV controls of brightness, contrast, colour, and sharpness. Although users who are experienced with these calibration discs may well achieve some improvement, most people find the instructions difficult to follow and often struggle to set the controls correctly. Ultimately, they should not be regarded as substitutes for hiring a professional calibrator, because white balance controls and colour management systems require accurate instruments to be set properly.
Our ISF Certified Calibration Service
We use reference-grade equipment including a Murideo SIX-G UHD test pattern generator, a Colorimetry Research CR-100 colorimeter, combined with the latest Calman Studio calibration software to perform a comprehensive in-home service and ensure that all picture modes (ISF Night, HDR, Dolby Vision, etc.) are optimally adjusted. You will experience an improvement in picture quality by seeing the image as the director intended, because your display will be calibrated to the same standards that were used in the content creation. Colours will be more natural, and detail will be present that might otherwise have been lost but most importantly, you will know that your TV is performing at its best for your viewing environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to calibrate a TV?
The cost of our professional TV calibration service starts at £300 for a single display, with discounts available for more than one television calibrated on the same day. Please complete the website form shown below for a quote or more information.
Which UK areas do you cover?
We offer appointments throughout all UK mainland cities, towns and locations including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, and Cardiff.
Why are TVs not calibrated?
Manufacturers don’t calibrate TVs on their production lines due to practical limitations and cost, so all televisions leave the factory in an uncalibrated state.
How long does the process take?
It depends on the TV make, model and number of picture modes needed but typically, between two and four hours.
Should my new TV be broken-in first?
We recommend using a new display for at least one week before arranging an appointment for a calibration.
What if I were to factory reset the TV due to a problem?
We will send you a copy of all the calibrated settings for the changes we make so that you can re-input them yourself in case of such a problem.
Is a dark room necessary?
Normal household curtains or blinds will be sufficient in all but the brightest of rooms where bin bags should be used to block out the light.