Hardware Spotlight ? Sencore
I used the CP5000 on three kinds of displays, a CRT direct view TV, a DLP front projector and an LCD front projector. For all three I used the ColorPro III sensor pod. The ColorPro IV sensor is exclusively for LCD flat panel displays. On all the displays I tested it on, I found the unit very effective and accurate. For the front projectors I used the supplied tripod stand to aim the sensor pod at the projector, but if you suspect the screen is affecting the light output, you can check it by holding the sensor at an angle to the screen and measure the light reflected off it. Any variation can be entered into the offset factors in the program's setup menu.
The software allows you to record and save the readings and generate reports which can be saved for your own files and for the customers. All the customer information, including the display product, pre- and post-calibration data, can be recorded and printed. An ISF Extended Report expands on the standard report by showing data in 10 IRE steps from 10 to 100 IRE.
True, $5,000 is no small investment, particularly for small C-tailers, for whom each dollar spent must be carefully justified. But the display market is changing fast. DLP and plasma displays are quickly outpacing the beloved CRT in high-end markets, yet those digital customers demand the same service and support that was available to CRT customers. The dealers who can offer the right services will be the ones who get the referrals and repeat business. Any home theater installation should include full video calibration, which is also a great opportunity for added revenue. The CP5000 is an accurate, easy-to-use tool for this purpose.
Sencore CP5000 Color Analyzer
$1,000 discount with trade-in