Will a line doubler help my Sony TV?

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  1. Kincade

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    Hello all, I'm hoping someone here can advise me... I bought a sony television about a year ago - KP53HS30 - and it's been great to me. During DVD's the picture is as nice as I could want. However, i've been wondering if I can improve the picture during DirecTV watching, and VHS watching...

    Would a line doubler like the DVDO Iscan Pro help me, or is the chip in the Sony already as good as this? I haven't been able to find out much about the innards of this TV.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Michael TLV THX Video Instructor/Calibrator

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    It's like getting 35% on an exam rather than 30%. Better than 30% but you know what ... you still failed and the image still looks crappy.

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    So it's probably not worth the $500...

    Would an ISF calibration make it look THAT much better? I do my settings w/ Avia - but i've always wondered how much difference the ISF calibration would make.
     
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    Michael TLV THX Video Instructor/Calibrator

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    Depending on the type of calibration service you take, you might see a big difference or maybe not. It also depends heavily on the state of the TV out of the box.

    A full calibration will optimize your convergence and focus. It will even out the colour shift from left to right ... it will give you a more accurate grayscale / hence colour rendition.

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    Thanks for the information!

    So how much does calibration usually run? $300ish?
     
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    SRP for a standard ISF calibration is $275. (Essentially the cost for renting analyzing equipment and a guy with the expertise to use it on your tV.)

    More elaborate calibration services that include the physical work like focus ... tend to start at about $400 and go up from there depending on what you want done to the TV. could be upwards of $550 to $700 by the time things are done.

    Prices also vary from provider to provider.

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    Thanks Michael! At least I know now I can't afford the whole shebang! ;-)
     

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