AccuCal Audio/Video

We provide ISF calibration services for your HD/4K/UHD display, THX calibration for audio, home theater design, consulting services for the home, business and post production facility.

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LOCATIONS

LOCATIONS

LOCATIONS – I will be traveling to the following locations to perform audio/video calibration and design services in these general time periods.

Please click on the pricing quote link on the right to get on a tour list. I will contact you two to four weeks out to schedule a specific time and date for these tours.

If you have scheduling limitations during that time period please indicate what those are at this time or as soon as possible. I can frequently accommodate schedule limitations with enough notice.

LOCATIONS
  • Available in Missouri on a regular basis
  • January – Denver area on the evening of the 19th.
  • April – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
  • May  – Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
  • June – Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho,  Oklahoma, Oregon, New Mexico, Washington, West Texas, Wyoming
LOCATIONS

States served include:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin

Major cities served include: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Biloxi, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Louisville, Los Angeles, Mobile, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington D.C.

HOME THEATER DESIGN

HOME THEATER DESIGN

HOME THEATER DESIGN – AccuCal is here to help you make the best decisions on audio/video purchases and design decisions. Because of our engineering, ISF video calibration and THX audio calibration work in many homes, post production facilities and commercial venues we are exposed to a wide range of equipment and know what really delivers value.

HOME THEATER DESIGN

AccuCal’s service will focus your budget in areas you may not have considered or save you considerable expense by purchasing equipment that is less marketing hype and more performance oriented.  We sell no product which makes our advice unbiased by equipment sales.

This service is customized to your needs and budget and can include any of the following:

Equipment Selection

Considerations include room size, room lighting, room function, seating requirements, viewing preference (sports, movies, games…), budget, listening preferences (music, TV, movies), flexibility, automation needs, sound listening levels, equipment reliability and aesthetics.  Benefits include:

  • Getting the right equipment for your situation
  • Better performing equipment for lower or similar cost
  • Avoiding equipment with durability problems
  • Avoiding equipment with severe software bugs

For example if you are not careful you may have a projector that is too dim or too bright for your application. Screen selection along with projector choice are significant factors in determining if the a theater is going to function well. Here is a document of mine that provides guidance on selecting a projection screen as an example of the quality of these services.

This service is billed on an hourly basis.  The cost will vary depending on how prepared you are and the complexity of your situation.  Payment is typically made with PayPal.  The cost ranges from as low as $25 to about $150.

Room Acoustics

HOME THEATER DESIGN

Your room acoustics design will be based on your budget and use of the room. The tools that can be used are either simple calculation methods, 3D computer modeling and/or on site measurements before and after installation. All designs will have specified performance characteristics that can be measured. The design acoustical parameters will be based on desirable room sound performance characteristics from Dolby and personal experience. Without this you may be installing too much, too little or the wrong type of sound treatment in your room.

The following is an example of our design capabilities. The first image shows 63Hz room bass response in an AccuCal room design without any bass traps and a single speaker with no subwoofer.  The smoother the response the closer to green the color is.  Orange and red indicate areas where the bass levels are very high.

THX AUDIO CALIBRATION

THX AUDIO CALIBRATION

THX AUDIO CALIBRATION – Our THX certified audio calibration ensures your audio system is performing at its peak capability.  Sophisticated test equipment along with experience is used to determine how your audio system is performing.  The capabilities of this method far exceed those available from automatic systems like ARC, Audyssey, Dirac, EMO-Q, MCACC, RoomPerfect, Trinov and YPAO found in receivers or preamplifier processors. The reasons this technique is superior to the automated calibration methods found in products today are many. These include:

THX AUDIO CALIBRATION
  • Receivers and preamplifiers today have sophisticated manual adjustments that deliver superior results to those done by automated methods.
  • Over processing audio data using complex mathematical correction like that found in Audyssey and other similar techniques reduces audio clarity.
  • Poor quality microphones supplied for automatic calibration results in poor frequency response.
  • No understanding of how the seating is arranged and used.
  • No understanding of how the system is used.
  • No understanding of equipment limitations and capabilities.
  • No guidance in adjusting your subwoofer settings like phase, level, Q, crossover frequency, filters or equalization.
  • No guidance with surround processing modes.
  • No guidance with optimizing source settings.
  • No guidance with optimizing preamp or receiver option settings.
  • No guidance with speaker placement.
  • No guidance with settings on speakers.
  • No guidance with room acoustics.

Click on this link for an example of the mistakes made during automatic calibration versus AccuCal manual calibration. Here are two frequency response measurements comparing automatic and manual calibration for another system. Here is another example showing Audyessey versus manual calibration for the LFE channel. These are average measurements of a 5.1 system from the same location using the same microphone. The automatic calibration was from a major brand receiver. These differences in performance are typical and very audible. We also specialize in calibrating products like the ADA Cinema Rapture, Bryston SP2 or SP3 and Classe SSP-800 preamplifier processor that do not include any automatic calibration methods, but instead wisely rely on manual techniques.

Key Benefits:

  • Stunning realism
  • Proper bass level
  • Clear dialog
  • Exceptional detail
  • Verify equipment is performing as intended. About 10% of the systems I work on have a defective component that needs to be repaired that the owner is unaware of.

Key Steps:

  • Client education about audio calibration process and your system improvements
  • Listener location
  • Fix connection problems (cable cost is separate)
  • Speaker delay setup
  • Speaker placement/alignment
  • Speaker level calibration
  • All speaker phase check
  • Bass management setup
  • Subwoofer phase setup
  • Subwoofer placement
  • Fold subwoofer properly into overall system
  • Equalization to reduce room/speaker problems
  • Critical measurement of the acoustic environment before and after adjustments
  • Listen to real recordings for verification and fine tuning
  • Acoustic treatment and speaker placement design (if purchased)
  • Lip sync correction
  • Custom DSP programming is also available to implement speaker layouts that do not match home theater equipment capabilities. This is an example of a Symetrix configuration for a Wisdom Audio implementation in a 9.4 speaker topology.

Test Equipment List:

  • Sencore SP495 – professional audio analyzer with SoundPro-EX, TechBench, Noise Curves, Speech Intelligibility, Time Delay Analysis and Multi-Band Decay RT60 optional software
  • ACO Pacific MK224PH Type 1 measurement microphone for room noise level classification to NC 15, frequency response measurements and time measurements
  • Earthworks M30 measurement microphone for accurate frequency and time measurements
  • Optical audio connection from computer to sound system to facilitate audio tests when no DVD or Blu-Ray player is available
  • Klein NCTV-2 Non-contact voltage tester to diagnose ground and power problems.
  • Extech CT70 AC circuit tester to diagnose ground and power problems.
  • TrueRTA real time analyzer and signal generator
  • AccuCal room acoustic and loudspeaker analysis software to measure direct sound and room resonance. This software builds a model for each speaker of your system to allow optimization and simulation of system changes.
  • Portable DVD player to test systems that have only streaming sources
  • Custom CD to generate quasi random noise and frequency sweep for surround sound or stereo sound systems
  • Custom DVD and to automatically perform audio test with Dolby Digital 5.1 test signals
  • Gold Line ‘s “The 5.1 Audio Toolkit”
  • THX Calibration Blu-Ray
  • DTS Auro Test Tones Blu-Ray
  • Dolby Atmos Test Tones Blu-Ray
  • Lip sync test Blu-Ray and measurement tool
  • Ovation’s “Avia Guide To Home Theater”
  • CARA acoustic design and analysis software
  • Various movies and music recordings

Manufacturer Specific Tools:

  • Audyssey Pro Installer Kit to sample more data points and allow customization to improve results.
  • McIntosh MX150 Voicing Tool
  • Paradigm PBK subwoofer calibration tool
  • OpenDRC Software for programming miniDSP digital signal processors
  • SymNet software for Symetrix audio DSP
  • ALLDSP software for programming Funk Audio subwoofers
  • Revel LFO (low frequency optimizer)
THX AUDIO CALIBRATION

Certifications:

  • THX Certified Home Theater Technician Level II
  • BS Engineering Degree

Application Experience:

  • Over 2000 systems
  • Home theater
  • Home stereo
  • Movie post production
  • Professional audio
  • Car audio

Equipment Experience:

  • Speakers: Acapella, Acoustech, ADS, Adam Audio, Aerial Acoustics, Angstrom Loudspeakers, Artcoustic, Artison, Ascend, ATC, Atlantic Technology, Audio Physic, Axiom, Bang & Olufsen, BG Corp, B&W, Bose, Boston Acoustics, Braun, Canton, Crystal Audio, Dali, Danley, DCM, Definitive Technology, Dunlevy, Dynaudio, Eben, Elac, Electro-Voice, era, EMP Tek, Energy, Focal, Gedlee, Genesis, Genelec, GoldenEar, Guru Audio, Hales, Infinity, Jamo, JBL, JMLab, JTR, Kaiser Acoustics, KEF, Klipsch, Legacy Audio, Living Sounds Audio, M&K, Magnepan, Martin Logan, MBL, McIntosh, Mission, Mirage, Monitor Audio, Niles, NHT, Norh, Onix, Paradigm, Parts Express, Pioneer, Polk, ProAc, PSB, Raidho, RBH, Revel, Rockport Technologies, Ruark, Salk, Seaton Sound, Selah, Snell, Sonus Faber, Sonance, Sony, Sunfire, SVS, Tekton, Thiel, Totem, Triad, Triangle, Vandersteen, Vienna Acoustics, VMPS, Von Schweikert, Wilson Audio, Wisdom Audio, Yamaha, Zu Audio
  • Subwoofers: Aerial Acoustics, Angstrom Loudspeakers, Atlantic Technology, Axiom, B&W, Bose, Boston Acoustics, Cabasse, Crystal Audio, Danley, Dayton, Definitive Technology, Elemental Designs, Energy, EPIK, era, Funk Audio, Gallo, Genelec, Hsu, Inifinity, James, Jamo, JBL, JL Audio, JTR, Klipsch, M&K, Martin Logan, McIntosh, Mirage, MJ Acoustics, Monitor Audio, MTX, Onix, Onkyo, Paradigm, Parts Express, PSB, Polk, REL, Revel, Rythmic, Seaton Sound, Snell, Sony, Sunfire, SVS, Talon Audio Technologies, Tekton, Triad, Velodyne, Von Schweikert, Yamaha
  • Preamplifiers: Acurus, ADA, Alpine, Anthem, Aragon, Arcam, Audio Control, B&K, Bel Canto, Blue Sky, Bryston, Cary, Classé, Datasat Digital, Denon, EAD, Emotiva, Golden Theater, Halcro, Integra, Krell, Lexicon, Marantz, Mark Levinson, McIntosh, Meridian, Moon, Onkyo, Outlaw, Parasound, Primare, Proceed, Sherbourn, Sony, Sunfire, Theta Digital, Yamaha
  • Receivers: Arcam, Anthem, B&K, Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Cambridge Audio, Crestron, Denon, Harman Kardon, Integra, JVC, Marantz, Onkyo, Outlaw, Panasonic, Pioneer, Rotel, Samsung, Sherbourn, Sony, Sunfire, Yamaha
  • Amplifiers: Acurus, Adcom, Anthem, Aragon, Arcam, Artcoustic, B&K, Behringer, Bel Canto, Bryston, Butler Audio, Cary, Citation, Classé, EAD, Clayton Audio, Crown, Dartzeel, Earthquake, Emotiva, Golden Theater, Hafler, Halcro, Harmon Kardon, Krell, Lexicon, Marantz, McIntosh, Merrill, Audio, Moon, Music Fidelity, NAD, NHT, Outlaw, Parasound, Proceed, PS Audio, QSC, Rogue Audio, Rotel, Spectron, Sunfire, Theta Digital, Wyred 4 Sound, Yamaha
  • Equalizers/DSP: Anti-ModeTM (DSpeaker), ARC, Ashly, Audyssey, Behringer, Classe, Denon, DBX, Dirac, Elemental Designs, Emotiva, EMO-Q, Krell, MCACC, miniDSP, R-DES (Onix), QSC, Rane, Revel, RoomPerfect, SVS, Symetrix, Triad, Trinov, Velodyne, Yamaha, YPAO

ISF VIDEO CALIBRATION

ISF VIDEO CALIBRATION

ISF VIDEO CALIBRATION – Our service goes beyond your typical ISF calibration and will ensure your Rec. 709 HD, 4K, Rec. 2020 UHD or DCI video displays are performing at their peak capability.  Professional quality test equipment like that found in major movie studios along with AccuCal proprietary methods are used to achieve optimal results from your display and associated video sources.

ISF VIDEO CALIBRATION

Experience with service mode access on many displays including Brillian (factory authorized calibrator), Hitachi, JVC, Mitsubishi, Optoma, Panasonic, Pioneer, Qualia, RCA, Runco, Samsung, Sim2, Sony and Toshiba will be used when necessary to achieve the desired results. We also have considerable experience with 4K/UHD flat panel and projection products.

Key Benefits:

  • Stunning color accuracy for improved flesh tones along with other colors
  • Improved image detail
  • Reduced video artifacts
  • Verify equipment is performing as intended.
  • Improved 3D effect

Key Steps:

  • Client education about video calibration process and your system improvements
  • Fix wiring problems (cable cost is separate)
  • Contrast, brightness, color and hue calibration
  • Grayscale calibration to standard
  • Gamma adjusted to match standard
  • Geometry adjustment to minimize overscan and ensure true images
  • Sharpness calibration to reduce enhancement and create a more detailed image
  • Detailed color analysis and alignment to provide the best color accuracy possible including color management system adjustment when available.
  • Optimum selection of video processing modes and resolution settings for each source and the display.
  • Confirm proper 24Hz processing using PR-670 (one of the few devices that can).
  • Enable ISFccc Night and Day modes in various capable products including Runco, Sharp, Panasonic and Pioneer products.
  • Service mode adjustments to reduce filtering & enhancement if available
  • Optimize 3D mode color, light output and 3D effect.
  • Provide before and after calibration report (download example by clicking here).

Test Equipment List:

ISF VIDEO CALIBRATION
  • Photo Research PR-670 SpectraScan; Photo Research’s latest NIST traceable spectroradiometer. Including options and accessories to provide the highest level of accuracy for all applications. 15 years newer design than the PR-650 and twice the sensors of the PR-650 or 655 for improved accuracy with difficult light sources. 6.4 times the sensors of the Minolta CS-200 and 2.6 times that of the EyeOne Pro.  Capable of measuring light levels up to 8,000,000 nits for Dolby Vision HDR displays.
  • Accupel HDG-4000; component video, VGA, DVI, HDMI test pattern generator
  • DVDO TPG HDMI test pattern generator includes 4K/UHD capability
  • VideoForge HDMI test pattern generator includes 3D capability
  • HD-SDI output capability for post production monitor calibration
  • GretagMacbeth EyeOne Pro (x2); NIST traceable spectroradiometer with custom software and PC color management software.
  • HD source over HDMI to check calibration in systems with streaming only
  • AccuCal proprietary color analysis software for superior color calibration
  • AccuCal customized hardware for superior low light color calibration
  • AccuCal customized hardware for superior front projection color calibration
  • Various custom Blu-Ray test patterns
  • Avia Pro; professional DVD test discs
  • Toy Story II, Star Wars III and Charlotte Gray; DVD movies for verification
  • Casino Royal, Galapagos and Cars; Blu-Ray movies for verification
  • Disney Sampler Blu-Ray for 3D verification
  • Sony PVM-96 D65 monitor.

Display Specific Tools:

  • ControlCal Software for Pioneer and Panasonic plasmas and Sharp LCD displays
  • Sim2 LiveColors Calibration Version 1.2 & 2.6 for Sim2 2D and 3D projectors
  • Sony Image Director 3.0 for advanced gamma and gray scale calibration of Sony projectors
  • ISFccc Mode software for JVC projectors
  • Digital Projection Projector Controller ColorMax software
  • NEC Display Wall calibration software

Certifications:

  • ISF Calibrator
  • THX Certified Home Theater Technician Level II
  • Brillian Certified HT Calibration
  • BS Engineering Degree

Application Experience:

  • Over 2000 systems
  • Homes
  • Movie post production
  • Commercial
  • Government

Equipment Experience:

  • Displays: Front Projection (CRT, DLP, LCD, LCoS, SXRD), Rear Projection (CRT, DLP, Laser, LCD, LED, SXRD, LCoS), Direct View (CRT, LCD, LED, OLED, Plasma)
  • Sources: Antennas, Blu-Ray, Cable, Computers, DVD, D-VHS, HD-DVD, Laser Disc, Satellite, Streaming Video, Video Scalers, VHS, SDI Post Equipment, Pro Cinema Cameras
  • Display Manufacturers: Anthem, BenQ, Brillian, Clarity Video Wall, Epson, Fujitsu, Insignia, Hitachi, JVC, Marantz Mitsubishi, NEC, NEC Video Wall, Optoma, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, RCA, Runco, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sim2, Sony, Toshiba, TruVue, Vizio Video Processor Manufacturers: Algolith, Anthem, Crystalio, DVDO, Lumagen, Onkyo, SpectraCal

REVIEWS

REVIEWS

REVIEWS – The following are typical testimonials from our clients for our ISF calibration, THX calibration, design and consulting services.  Your system will improve in ways described by these clients.  Many of these clients have used others including ISF, THX and HAA instructors and found AccuCal to deliver dramatically superior results.

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We are astounded by the sound quality now.  It’s like we have a new home theater system!  Great job! – Randy 11/21/2015

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I love what you did for us. It’s amazing. – T0m in Atlanta (Audio & Video Calibration) 11/19/2015

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Just wanted to take the time thank you so much. Today was one of the best experiences I have had. You’re very passionate about your business and I am so glad I found you. – Jesse (2 Audio & Video Calibrations) 11/11/2012

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Received projector yesterday and I am so pleased with the outcome. Everything now looks so natural and balanced. I read a few reviews that said this product being as cheap as it is doesn’t warrant having a calibration done. I could not disagree more. I am a firm believer in professional calibration.  – Gerald 11/4/2015 (BenQ projector shipped to AccuCal)

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Thank you Jeff!  I had an awesome time!I just finished watching Mad Max Fury Road, wow.  I didn’t even use my buttkickers. – Jay in Augusta 10/22/2015

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I am currently sitting in my home theater that you calibrated a couple of weeks ago. First I wanted to thank you for your outstanding services that truly enhance the overall home theater experience. The deepest blacks, natural skin tones, smooth bass response are all your doing.

My family and I have enjoyed every second we spent in our home theater and your calibration services for audio and video play a huge part in it. I do not possess the skills, knowledge or equipment to properly calibrate my theater.

You on the other hand are a true professional at what you do. My theater was built for function and I did not have 100k to put into it like some of your other clients. I wish I did but I don’t. Your services  make me very confident that every ounce of performance had been tapped into with my gear and overall setup.

I also wanted to thank you for double checking my theater design and equipment selections. I would of spent several thousand more on equipment but you guided me in the best direction for my budget. We also appreciate you not trying to up sell us on equipment that you sell. This is huge because we exceeded our budget by a little  (don’t we all when it comes to this hobby) and the last thing we wanted was more money out the door.

You will always be my first and only call for audio and video calibration. Anytime you’re  in town and want to grab a beer you are always welcome at our house. Thank you again for your services and personal touch with what you do. Time to get back to my movie. – Matt in Chicago 10/6/2015

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The basement you tuned up is great.  Thanks again for all you did. – Custom Installer 9/28/2015

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I’m  enjoying how you transformed my listening experiences.  Great job.  Kim in Maine 9/27/2015

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I once again had the pleasure of having Jeff Meier (UMR) calibrate my front projector and 5.1 audio setup. Jeff had previously calibrated an NEC 42″ plasma and my audio system back in 2007 and made a remarkable difference on that system.

After relocating and setting up a new system, I figured the money spent on calibration is trivial compared to my investment if the results are anything like what they were on my previous system.

Without exaggeration, the results this time are totally unbelievable and surpass my previous experience by far! The before and after results on both the projector and my analog audio system have to be witnessed to appreciate the benefits of an Accucal calibration.

Being a Controls Engineer, I consider myself very technically savvy. But there is no way I have the time or desire to attempt to bring my knowledge up to Jeff’s level. For me it’s bring Jeff in to do his thing, then sit back and enjoy the system knowing it’s the best it can be. I personally would not trust anyone else.

Thanks Jeff! … I watched a Carlos Santana Blue Ray after you left, and the Audio & Video quality are stunning beyond belief! – Korszo AVS Form 9/16/2015

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I had the pleasure of getting my display (Samsung UN88JS9500FXZA) calibrated by Jeff Meier (user UMR on AVS) of Accucal this weekend. Being the consummate professional Jeff communicated with me extensively prior to the calibration appointment (correcting me on several misconceptions I had about HDR before he even arrived!) and arrived promptly at the appointed time.

From the beginning it was clear that Jeff was of a special class of professional in this space. While my knowledge is not sufficient to evaluate effectively the specific equipment and software he used for the calibration (although from what I gather from other repeat clients of his that are much more knowledgeable than I am, he has some of the finest equipment and custom software in the business), the results were nothing if not stunning.

I have had calibrations done before (one on an OLED and multiple on PDPs ranging from my F8500 to my old Elite Kuros) with varied results (but mostly good). Jeff was a delight to work with and has a body of knowledge and technical expertise that would shame all but the most experienced AV professionals.

Jeff corrected several errors that were present from the (stupid I know) settings I had copied from a review site. He spent several hours calibrating the display and once finished we spent a not inconsiderable amount of time viewing actual content (unlike prior calibrations I had done) from several sources for comparison purposes and the results were wonderful.

Colors were rich, vibrant and beautifully saturated. Shadow detail was (now) superb and the overall sense of depth and contrast was magnificent. It is a delight to find someone of such extensive technical expertise and watch them realize the capabilities of a piece of hardware like this display.

Being a long time PDPer and self admitted black level measurement fascist for many years I had serious reservations about going FALD-LCD regardless of the WCG/4K/HDR “hype” (which I can assure you is not hype at all), but now with what Jeff has achieved with the display I can safely say that I have found a worthy (dare I say superior?) replacement for my old Elites (something that I was concerned may not be possible in this decade).

While it will never have the measured black levels of my OLED (and honestly I don’t believe it needs them to succeed as an excellent display but that discussion is for another thread), the quality of the images and the perceived contrast produced by this display is (thanks to Jeffs excellent work) now nothing short of spellbinding.

I want to thank Jeff for his time, his knowledge and the fun I had chatting with and learning from him. I look forward to his return for my audio calibration in due course.

I cannot recommend Jeff and his work highly enough.  – wicklow AVS Forum 9/14/2015

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Had Jeff out to my new home in April to calibrate the family room with a 5.1 setup and was amazed with his work. The basement theater is ahead of schedule and I have him set up to come take care of my 7.2 system in the theater.

Besides great calibration I used his consulting services and he helped save me a good deal of money with equipment. He is a class act and both my wife and I enjoyed his company. Looking forward to seeing you in September when you come back to Illinois! – mcs2000si AVS Forum 7/31/2015

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Jeff Meier has been calibrating my home theaters every time I get new equipment for the past 5 years or so, and I unreservedly give him the highest possible recommendation. Both my audio and video quality are dramatically improved after he has completed his calibrations. You will not be disappointed after he is done. Do not hesitate to contact him if your system needs calibrating. – Cal68 AVS Forum 7/28/2015

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Looks and sounds great!  I’ll let you know when I’m thinking about any new equipment.  :) – Eric 6/20/2015

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I had a visit from Jeff Meier last week and he calibrated my Panasonic VT50 as well as calibrated the audio.
He was very professional and treated me and my very modest home theater just as I imagine he would someone with far more impressive equipment and space.

The sound calibration dialed in my surround speakers better than ever and the bass is wonderfully full. I had just bought a second sub and wondered why it didn’t sound right. He found it was out of phase with the other sub pretty easily. It would have taken me forever to figure that out.

The display looks better than ever. I can see much better shadow detail and the 3D has much more dimensionality. The skin tones are very nice.

I”m very happy with the results and he was a pleasure to work with. The calibration report is attached if curious. Thanks Jeff – celmendo AVS Forum 6/17/2015

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Everyone who hears my sound system cannot believe how good it sounds.  I tell them it never sounded like this with Audyssey.  It was the manual calibration done by AccuCal that makes it this good.  Jeff S. 6/16/2015

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REVIEWS


Back when Accucal was based in Houston, I had him calibrate my old Sony Grand Wega 50″er. Since then, he’s done a Kuro Elite 60″, Epson 1080UB, Panasonic VT25, and a JVC RS2 for me.

While some sets caused a little difficulty, Jeff was always able to get a great picture out of any device I had him tackle.

Most recently, he calibrated an XBR55X900B for me, which came out wonderful and didn’t take much time, but yielded the same calibrated, natural-looking image I’ve come to expect from Jeff’s work.

Then came my VPL-HW50ES. I had to get its light engine replaced under warranty. Jeff, at first glance, told me that they either used a refurb light engine, or they set things up incorrectly at the factory.

The image was bad enough that I wouldn’t watch movies in the theater due to the terrible blue shift at lower IREs and overall black levels being unacceptable. Jeff agreed that it wasn’t in a good way, and had to break out his RS232/null modem setup and do some Wizardry with Sony’s arcane Windows software.

It took quite a bit of time, but when he called me back into the theater room, he had a smile on his face, and soon, I did. He managed to tame the projector, and not only was the image I’d hoped to see there, but with its new settings, black level was much improved, and with the iris off, the image is bright enough to watch with the lighting over my seats on. And with the iris off, blacks in the darkened room, while not rivaling my RS2, are close enough that I’m content.

I’m attaching my calibration reports for those of you interested in what Jeff can do. It’s his proven experience, affable, yet professional demeanor, and in-depth A/V knowledge that keep me coming back to him for my calibration needs. He spoiled me and got me turned onto his calibration work back in 2004 when I put away my Video Essentials disc for good, and he’s still doing it over ten years later.

I’ll see you in October, Jeff. As will my 65X900B.  – GFSloan  6/16/2015 AVS Forum

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I had the privilege of welcoming Jeff Meier with AccuCal (AVS handle is UMR) into my home this past evening to calibrate my 55″ JS8500 Samsung 4K television. This is Jeff’s third visit to my place near New Orleans, with previous visits including a video calibration of a Pioneer 5010FD plasma and a Panasonic 65VT25 plasma, and an audio calibration Pioneer Elite / JL Audio / Anthony Gallo surround sound system.

Jeff’s work is amazing — the quality he is able to produce after calibration is truly a sight to behold — every product he has worked with for me over the years gets infinitely better. It is truly the best money you can spend on your A/V equipment.

Jeff spent nearly 4 hours yesterday evening, measuring colors, tweaking settings, discussing equipment, and sharing his artistry, science, and expertise in the A/V field.

It was a pleasure as always. Blu-rays, 3D content, satellite TV content, and 4K content has never looked this amazing. Thanks again Jeff.

Needless to say, the Samsung JS8500 is an amazing device and a great deal as well.

Owners, do yourself a favor and get this TV professionally calibrated. It’s a beautiful thing. – FloppySet AVS Forum 6/9/2015

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Wanted to let you know that everything looks and sounds  great! Had a bunch of people over Saturday night and all were beyond impressed. Thank you for coming  out and hopefully I’ll have you back sooner than later to do the theater. – Matt C. 5/21/2015

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It’s been a few days since your visit which has given me time to listen to some music and watch some movies. Just a quick note to thank you for the work you did improving my set up and room performance. Huge change for the better and has brought the theater to a new level.

It’s like night and day! I also appreciate the time you put into walking me through the process and the opportunity to learn.

I still need to investigate that tweeter issue you pointed out, fortunately the ScanSpeak driver is still available should I need to replace it. Can you confirm what frequency spectrum and volume you where running through it during the test so that I can replicate it with a before and after to see if tightening the mounting screws resolves the issue.

I think you were sending pink noise 500hz-2khz at about 85db. REW has a signal generator feature I can use to perform the test.

Once again, great to meet you and FANTASTIC job on the room. Truly appreciated. – Chris I. 5/19/2015

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Just wanted to let you know we went with the Black Bean in flat and I finished the room Sunday evening.  Room turned out great.  Thanks for the color recommendation.  

Wife really likes it too.  The 1st show that we saw was the Billboard awards and it was amazing.  We’ve watched a few more shows and are really impressed with the overall change. – Rick W. 5/18/2015

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Jeff did both my Plasma and Audio Cal 3 years ago and did a fantastic job on both. They both look and sound just as great today as the day he did the Cal. He is a great guy and very professional. Worth the $. – Fasteddie516 4/27/2015 bluray.com

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My clients are very happy with their calibration results using your services.  They typically had discarded other professional calibrations because they preferred what they had done before. – Jim G. 4/1/2015 (High-end HT installer)

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Thanks, Jeff. Again, I cannot begin to put into words how thankful I am for your work yesterday. I had always dreamed of having a home theater that rivaled what I have often read about online and in magazines. I figured without a cash investment that equaled what I spent on components, I would never achieve that level of sight and sound.

Boy, was I wrong! Within a short, 6 hour time frame, you took my home theater from modest to reference. I told you how little I ever go to the local cinemas and now, I don’t believe I’ll ever go to another movie theater outside of my own! Why would I?

The colors, clarity, definition, and precision of the picture you created is breathtaking. In my book, the video adjustment was worth every penny of what I spent in total. Adding in what you did with the audio, I feel like I still owe you money. I feel as though I was listening to movies through an old AM radio compared to what I have now.

Sounds are crisp, clear, well-timed, deep, accurate, and enveloping. Movie soundtracks will never be the same. I look forward to having you back later in the year to do the tweaks after I get my other sub repaired. – Craig B.  2/20/2015

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Jeff came to my home on January 15, 2015 to calibrate my new Sharp LC90 LE657U. I had been using this TV for about three weeks before he arrived, so I had a good “feel” for what the picture looked like. When Jeff arrived, he came with all sorts of electronic gear and talked a little about what he was going to do.

I found Jeff to be very friendly and engaging and answered all my questions as he set up his equipment. He really took his time explaining things to me and really took his time calibrating all the appropriate settings.

After he finished, and I put on a channel that I watch a lot which is HD CNN news, I could not believe the difference in the quality of the image I was seeing!! A much brighter richer looking picture with more natural colors than I had seen before.

Before he calibrated the picture, the colors had that “washed out” look to them and after calibration the colors were brighter and more deeply saturated than they were before. Jeff spent several hours at my home calibrating my TV.

He’s a true professional who obviously cares deeply about the quality of his work and I highly recommend him to anyone thinking about getting a professional calibration for their television!! – Danny C. LA

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Jeff Meier was at my home this weekend. He came and calibrated my Panasonic VT50 (first use was 6/2013) and my modest 2.1 sound system which consists of a Yamaha RX-V475 receiver and Hsu bookshelf speakers paired with a Hsu VTF-3 sub. It’s almost embarrassing how satisfied I was with my VT50 PRE-calibration, lol.

After Jeff was done with getting the ISF day/night modes I felt like I had a completely different flat screen put on my wall. Flesh tones, whites, reds, blues and of course the infamous black levels were absolutely stunning with a very near true to life color reproduction. It was such a stunning change that I didn’t want to leave the house.

I felt like I was in Foxoboro, MA at the AFC Championship game !! That’s how good the picture is. Then for the night cap, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was put on. That scene on the hill right when Voldermort commands all of them to “begin”, stunning.

There were details I’ve never seen before. Amazing. Having a VT50 performing at the level they are capable of is something to behold in the flat screen world.

The sound. Jeff created a much more full and engaging sound experience. The subwoofer hits tighter and quicker, night and day from what it was.

He went over settings in the Yamaha that frankly I had no clue were there nor how to work. He also tweaked the speaker placement which helped big time. I now am getting much more from my equipment than I ever thought.

Jeff is a true professional in every sense of the word. He explained the what, why and how with everything he did. Another thing that really got my attention was his common sense. Not only does he use his top of the line (and very expensive) equipment and tools, he uses his own eyes and ears. That is very important with calibration. Jeff takes what he does very seriously.

In fact I believe he works on every bit of equipment as if it was his own. Jeff is a one of a kind and at the top of the heap. Can’t thank Jeff enough for the incredible job he did. He has a very good website that can give you a lot of information on what he has to offer, accucalhd.com.  easyjacks- AVS Forum

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I too can attest to the terrific audio calibration that Jeff Meier can do on your system. Video calibration is only half of the picture (pun intended!) and a lot of people just use Audyssey to do a room EQ and assume that they have arrived at the best audio calibration for their room.

Jeff can improve upon that by a mile. I’m a happy customer and plan to have him back sometime this spring since I have some new speakers I want him to work on! -Cal68 AVS Forum

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Screen Material Observations And Comments – Classic Cinema White – This material was very color neutral. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9’ viewing distance. It did not appear to lend much character to the image which is a good thing. It has a very slight sheen compared to a piece of paper, but I did not notice it in real images. This is the closest alternative to SnoMatte 100.

Screen Material Observations And Comments

Brilliant White – This material was mostly color neutral. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9’ viewing distance. It has a very slight sheen compared to a piece of paper, but I did not notice it in real images. This is not a material I would recommend because of its
lack of color neutrality compared to competitors products.
Da-Mat® – This material was very color neutral. It does have a little more texture than the Classic Cinema White, but this was not visible at a 9’ viewing distance. It had a slight sheen to it which was visible on images infrequently. HD Progressive 0.9 – This material is very color neutral. It appeared to be a very smooth surface.. It also has a very slight sheen to it which was
visible on images infrequently. This may explain its gray coloring and yet a gain very nearly 1.0. It did not add much character to the image. This material is designed to aid with rejecting light from reflections and may help in that situation.
HD Progressive 0.6 – This material is very color neutral. It appeared to be a very smooth surface. It also has a very slight sheen to it which was visible on images infrequently. The sheen on this was stronger than the HD Progressive 0.9 sample. This material would require much more light to illuminate the same screen size than any other sample tested here. A product like this is for special circumstances and would not fit most peoples requirements.
Cinema Vision – This material is not as color neutral as one would like. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9’viewing distance. The color shifts induced by this material were strong enough to bother some people. This material did add character to the image that was distracting compared to the other samples. The sheen on this product was visible on brighter images. The gain of this material was not high enough to justify its use. The negatives of this product did not offset its positive attributes and is not one I would recommend.
Video Spectra 1.5 – This material was mostly color neutral. The surface was patterned on this product. The color shifts induced by this material would not be strong enough to bother most people. This material did add character to the image that was very distracting compared to the other
samples. The sheen on this product was obvious on brighter images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired. This was the most objectionable material of those tested for home theater use and is
not one I would recommend.
High Power – This material was the least color neutral of those tested. It appeared to be a very smooth surface. The color shifts induced by this material may be strong enough to bother some people. This is a retroreflective material that works best when the projector is mounted near the
viewers head. The ceiling mounting in this theater is more common and shows the reduction in performance from this orientation. This product did contain some sparkling elements that are visible when viewed at closer distances. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image
brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired.
SnoMatte 100(StudioTek 100) – This material was very color neutral. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. It had no surface sheen or sparkling elements. This material is exceptional at extreme viewing angles. This is the best material tested for a neutral screen material.
StudioTek 130 G3 – This material was very color neutral. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. It had many sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. The shimmering caused by these elements was visible in brighter elements of images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired. Off axis gain was also good. This was the best sample tested of an angular reflective material for increasing screen gain.
FireHawk G3 – This material is not as color neutral as one would like. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. It also had many sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. The shimmering caused by these elements was visible at moderate light levels with images. The actual gain of this material was not high enough to offset the light lost by the dark gray tint. This material is intended to aid in rooms with significant scattered light from walls and ceilings. It is a special use material that should be considered with care.
GrayHawk RS G3 – This material was very color neutral. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. It also had many sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. The shimmering caused by these elements was visible at moderate light levels with images, but a little less than the FireHawk material. The actual gain of this material was not high enough to offset the light lost by the dark gray tint. This material is intended to aid in rooms with significant scattered light from walls and ceilings. It is a special use material that should be considered with care.

MaxWhite & MaxWhite FG – These materials were very color neutral. It does have a some texture. This was slightly visible at a 9 foot viewing distance. This material also has some sheen that is visible on bright images.


CineWhite – This material was reasonably color neutral. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9 foot viewing distance. It did not appear to lend much character to the image which is a good thing. This material also has some slight sheen, but I did not notice it
on images.
StarBrightTM 7 – This material is very color neutral. It is a very smooth surface. This material is much more stiff and thin others tested. It can be permanently creased very easily. This material did add a strong character to the image that was very distracting compared to the other samples. The
sheen on this product was obvious on brighter images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired. This was very objectionable material for home theater use and is not one I would recommend.
SolidPix1 Matte White – This material was not very color neutral. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9 foot viewing distance. It had a tiny number of sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. and a slight sheen The shimmering caused by these elements was visible very rarely in brighter elements of images. This is not a material I would recommend because of its lack of color neutrality compared to competitors products.
MulitiPix Ultra-contrst White 1.3 – This material was very color neutral. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9 foot viewing distance. It had many sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. The shimmering caused by these elements was visible in brighter elements of images. This is not a material I would recommend because of its lack of screen gain compared to the image quality degradation from reflective elements.
MultiPix Ultra-contrast White 1.5 – This material was very color neutral. It does have a slight amount of texture, but this was not visible at a 9 foot viewing distance. It had many sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. The shimmering caused by these elements was visible in brighter elements of images. This is not a material I would recommend because of its lack of screen gain compared and image quality degradation from reflective elements.
Solar HD 1.3 – This material was reasonably color neutral. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. It had many sparkling elements to increase the screen gain. The shimmering caused by these elements was visible in brighter elements of images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired. Off axis gain was also good. This was very similar to StudioTek 130 with higher gain and more shimmering from it. The material was thinner than StudioTek and easier to stretch out of shape.

Gamma HD 1.1-This material was reasonably color neutral. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. The shimmering caused by the screen gain was visible in brighter elements of images. Off axis gain was also good. The material was thinner than StudioTek and easier to stretch out of
shape. This is not a material I would recommend because of its lack of screen gain compared to the image quality degradation from reflective elements.
Black Diamond HD 1.4 – This material added a strong color to images. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. The shimmer caused by the screen gain was visible in brighter elements of images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired. Off axis gain was not good. This is a special material designed for rooms without light control.
This is not a material I would recommend because of the strong color effect of this material, poor off axis gain and the image quality degradation from reflective elements.
Silver 5D – This material was very color neutral for such a high gain screen. It appeared to have a very smooth surface. The shimmer caused by the screen gain was very visible in brighter elements of images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors
with lower light output than the screen size desired. Off axis gain was still high. This is not a material I would recommend because of the image
quality degradation from reflective elements. Pearlescent – This material added a strong color to the images. It appeared to have a smooth surface. The shimmer caused by the screen gain was
visible in brighter elements of images. The gain of this material would aid in increasing the image brightness for projectors with lower light output than the screen size desired. Off axis gain was not good. This is not a material I would recommend because of the strong color effect of this material, poor off axis gain and the image quality degradation form reflective elements.

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