KC Home Media specializes in video display calibration (Plasma, LCD, LED, OLED, QLED, Projectors etc.), as well as system and room design.
Here at KC Home Media we are ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) certified. Meaning we have the required training and equipment to calibrate your display for the best possible picture.
Having a strong personal passion for home audio and video, KC Home Media offers free consultation services to discuss your needs. Whether you have an existing room or are planning a remodel we are here to help!
Serving Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
* For round trips further than 100 miles travel charges may apply.
Television calibration - why you need it.
Out of the box, televisions can look either slightly dim (due to energy savings controls) or wildly blown-out, "torch mode" colors (in Store or Vivid modes). Due to this you end up not seeing the picture they way the Director intended.
The next time you watch TV look for all the detail within the darker part of the picture. Can you see the details in someone's dark hair or cloths against a darker background? You would be surprised what you are missing. Simply turning brightness up or down will not fix this issue.
Also take a look at flesh tones, are they realistic? In outdoor scenes such as a football game, does the grass look accurately green?
Do you have a picture mode set for daytime viewing versus dark room evening viewing? If not you should. Think of the last time you watched an afternoon sporting event with light coming in from your windows. How was the picture on your screen effected? With calibration we can set two modes, one for bright room and one for dark room, and allow you to switch between the modes very easily.
Links to other articles about calibration
The Basics - What is "calibration"
Calibrating a TV simply means setting it to match a set of established standards. While the specifics of the standards can vary depending on what kind of TV or monitor you have, the core concepts and goals are always the same. This involves more than brightness, contrast, color & tint.
All of the colors on your display start with the 3 primary colors, Red, Green and Blue. Too much Red and your picture appears very "warm". Too much Blue and your picture appears very "cold". Below are two graphics for greyscale, one before calibration, and one after calibration. You will see that there is to much "Blue". When we calibrate we adjust R,G,B to equal amounts. Not only does this adjustment to the greyscale (represented in a 10 point scale from absolute black all the way to 100% white) vastly improve your picture, it also helps calibrate your primary and secondary colors (Red, Green, Blue, Magenta, Cyan and Yellow).
Typical pre-calibration greyscale
Greyscale after calibration
We all presume that the factories would calibrate each display before arriving at the showroom for sale. But they do not. The cost to calibrate each display before leaving the factory would increase the cost to the consumer greatly.
We offer affordable rates for various levels of "calibration" such as;
* Basic controls
* Advanced controls including Grayscale and Color Management System (if available on device)
* Other components connecting to your display - Blue-ray, AV Receiver
* Multiple inputs on your television
* Day and Night mode
* Test resolution geometry on various devices you are using
New terminology and technology have you confused?
Shopping for a new Television should be a fun experience, not a headache. With so much new technology and terminology (OLED, LED, LCD, HLG, HDR10, UHD) hitting the retail sales floor how are you to know what is the best equipment for your viewing enjoyment? We offer a free consultation to help you decide what is best for your needs now and in the future.
- What is the difference between 4k and UHD? Is there a difference?
- What is HDR (high dynamic range)? Actually it is very exciting and you need to be sure you have the proper equipment to take advantage of it.
- Dolby Vision? Not just sound anymore!
- Have you considered if all the equipment in your AV system will handle this new technology? A system is only as strong as it's weakest link!