questionsanyone own a vizio vp50 and have some decent…

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This is what I've been told is what you need to calibrate your TV properly on your own without paying a service.

Datacolor Colorvision SPYDER3 TV Colorimeter and Calibrator for $83.62:
http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/1e54c6d6-3f37-4309-9f47-477ca3ced4b0/datacolor-colorvision-spyder3-tv-colorimeter-and-calibrator

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@catbertthegreat: From some research on the Spyder3, it appears to lack a CRT-based calibration table, which in turn is a limitation for plasmas. Still searching, though I saw something about DisplayLT which might work...

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came across this thread which contains quite a bit of useful info: http://www.curtpalme.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11436
this one talks about calibration for dummies (me): http://www.curtpalme.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10457
a more formal one here too: http://lists.apple.com/archives/colorsync-users/2009/Nov/msg00175.html

a display lt on the low end (http://www.amazon.com/X-Rite-EODLT-Eye-One-Display-LT/dp/B000CR78CE) may be the best way to go.
(the 'calman' spyder 3 @ twice the price might be worthwhile down the road).

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how apropos that the first item in the wootoff tonight is a monitor calibrator: http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=11592