Is it important to have a new TV professionally calibrated?

Episode 1328 (52:43)

Michael from Encinitas, CA
Disney WOW Disc

Michael is looking at a Vizio M-Series TV, but doesn't know if it's the 2016 model. Scott says it is. Is calibration important? It can be. The more you spend on a TV, the more important calibration is, and the less of a financial hit it is. For the Vizio M series, which is under $2,000, Scott says it's not worth spending another $300 to $500 for a professional calibration. Michael can get 80% of the way there himself by buying a $30 disc from Amazon. The one Scott recommends is the Disney World of Wonder disc. This will take him through the steps to set the basic picture controls, including Contrast, Brightness, Color, Tint, and Sharpness. Color and tint usually don't need to be changed.

Michael is also looking for a soundbar to go with the new TV for around $200 to $300. Scott says the Vizio soundbars are perfectly adequate and will give him better sound quality than the sound from the TV itself.