Review by Rod in Boston Pioneer Elite 151 HD Plasma ISF Day and Night Modes Activated May 2009

Your calibration is wonderful.  I didn’t expect such a noticeable improvement in the ISF Day/Night as compared with Pure or the other modes.  Specifically, brighter while increasing the “pop” (retaining vividness) and yet improving on blacks and shadow detail.  I use ISF Day most of the time, with Night only when the room’s really dark (even at night, I usually have a reading lamp on).  Very satisfied.

Review by Spleen – San Antonio – Pioneer Elite 111 HD Plasma May 2009

I’ve been enjoying the professional ISF calibration on my Elite PRO-111FD for a few weeks now so I’m overdue in giving my report.

Gregg Loewen did my calibration and he did a great job. He arrived on time and was very professional and personable. He explained what he was doing and gladly answered all my questions.

The before and after results are stunning. The ISFccc Day/Night modes are a huge improvement. I use the ISF Night mode almost exclusively.

Everyone who has seen my TV is extremely impressed.

If anyone is on the fence about having their TV professionally calibrated — just do it.

Gregg does not normally visit my area (San Antonio) so I feel honored to have had him do my calibration. I will use one of his affiliated partners (Doug Weil) who tours Texas when it comes time for a calibration tune-up.

Thanks Gregg!

Review by Gonzalez in Washington DC – JVC RS20 THX Certified Projector – February 2009

I bought my RS20 last month and since then I wasn’t able to tweak it to my satisfaction. To my eyes THX mode image look very flat, so I experimented with the popular settings posted around here.
Last night, Gregg Loewen came to calibrate my RS20. He examined my settings and took some measurements.
As you can see in my attachment, D65 wasn’t that off, color gammut was right on spot with REC709, and gamma was almost perfect at 2.2.
The first thing he did, was to set the iris properly such that the black levels were accurate. Then he continued doing the contrast and brightness settings. Afterwards, he adjusted the greyscale in such away that it could reduce the DE’s below 1, and he succeded in doing so. Finally, adjusted the color and hue. We then took measurements (as post it in the attachment).
We then adjusted the pioneer 51fd, since it was clipping wtw. Then we moved on to watching some demo material, and explained to me about the
different CMS presets and how the THX works properly.
The image now looks flipping great… It really looks very closely to what you actually see in the movie theater, with the exception that it has by far more detailed…
To everyone that ones to have the most of their RS20 I recommend you have Gregg Loewen calibrate it…

Review by Gonzalez in Washington DC – JVC RS20 THX Certified Projector – February 2009

I bought my RS20 last month and since then I wasn’t able to tweak it to my satisfaction. To my eyes THX mode image look very flat, so I experimented with the popular settings posted around here.
Last night, Gregg Loewen came to calibrate my RS20. He examined my settings and took some measurements.
As you can see in my attachment, D65 wasn’t that off, color gammut was right on spot with REC709, and gamma was almost perfect at 2.2.
The first thing he did, was to set the iris properly such that the black levels were accurate. Then he continued doing the contrast and brightness settings. Afterwards, he adjusted the greyscale in such away that it could reduce the DE’s below 1, and he succeded in doing so. Finally, adjusted the color and hue. We then took measurements (as post it in the attachment).
We then adjusted the pioneer 51fd, since it was clipping wtw. Then we moved on to watching some demo material, and explained to me about the
different CMS presets and how the THX works properly.
The image now looks flipping great… It really looks very closely to what you actually see in the movie theater, with the exception that it has by far more detailed…
To everyone that ones to have the most of their RS20 I recommend you have Gregg Loewen calibrate it…

Review by BuckNaked – Connecticut – Elite 141 Plasma – ISF Day and Night Modes Feb 2009 -AVS Poster

I recently had my 141 professionally calibrated by Gregg Loewen. This was after the 100 hour factory break-in, 150 hours with the break-in disc, and another 50 hours or so regular viewing.

I was able to notice a marked improvement right away, especially with the deepness of the blacks. IMHO, Gregg did a fantastic job, and I would recommend him and Lion A/V without hesitation.

Review by Chris – Maine Jan 2009 Samsung LN55A950 (LCD LED back light panel)

I really enjoy the job you did calibrating this TV, along with the almost 3D appearance and spot on color I think it is the more subtle things like shadow detail and the wide color gradients are what standout. (with good source material of course. ) If only everything could be like a well done Blu-Ray disc. Is there as much difference in quality between HD stations on DIRECTV  as there is on cable? Palladia the music channel that rotates between rock, country and hip hop seems to consistently be the best. Anyway one of the station promos shows a bunch of black birds flying, before you came I had black birds and white background, now the detail that shows in the birds is amazing. Thanks again.

Review by Moose – Toney Alabama Dec 2008 Samsung HPS5053 Plasma

Yesterday I had my 2 year old Samsung HPS5053 professionally calibrated by Gregg Loewen of Lion AV. WOW!!!! My plasma has almost 5000 hrs on it and it looks like he hung a brand new tv on my wall, well better than brand new because I have never seen picture detail like this anywhere. He was done around 5:30 and after he left I stayed up until 2am watching all of my favorites because it was like I was seeing them for the first time. No house is too far out of the way and no display is too far gone for him to work his magic on. The best part of it all is that it is like you are just hanging out with one of your good friends.He also explained everything he was doing to where one of my kids could understand. Great guy and awesome calibrator. I officially have the best looking display in Toney Alabama. Eight thumbs up from the Sipps family.

Review by OhhAhh – AVS – Sharp LC-65XS1U New England – December 2008

It only gets better. We were extremely pleased with its image quality after adjusting by eye for what I thought was proper skin tones, etc. and I couldn’t disagree with my wife that we might be crazy to have it professionally calibrated.

Earlier today Gregg Loewen of Lion Audio Video (lionav.com) unpacked and setup two travel cases of equipment and showed me that my settings were actually quite bad. He spent a couple of hours getting it well within THX calibration spec. While there were a couple of results that were not perfect, they were quite good, within THX spec and if better not anything that would be visible to the eye. Gregg’s comments included; “it had more calibration settings than most sets” and included the words “gorgeous” and “jealous”. You’ll have to check with Gregg for any comparison to other TV’s that he’s calibrated.

While the picture was great before calibration, it’s fabulous now. No question that colors are as they should be, whites are brighter, blacks are dead black (with room lights turned off blacks are totally black as with the TV turned OFF), etc. I don’t have another calibrated TV to compare it to, but as far as I am concerned, it’s perfect. Best of all, my wife says that she can easily see the improvement on both HD and SD programs and that it was worth getting it calibrated.

It’s too bad the TV’s can’t be properly calibrated as received from the manufacturer and the stores can’t have a level playing field with all display TV’s properly set up for an honest comparison.

My advice to anyone that spends the $ for a high end TV is that no matter how good you think it is, you’ll never know if it is as good as it can be without the services of someone with the equipment, knowledge and time to get it right. It’s also nice to no longer think that it could be better with additional tweaking by eye to correct for what might simply be poor quality program material.