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Avia II


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X4NJNS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,853 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

From the makers of Avia and Avia Pro comes the definitive and easy-to-use tutorial for optimizing your home theater. This all-inclusive guide to home theater calibration for NTSC, HD-DVD, Blu-ray or PAL formats comes with more than 200 test patterns to achieve superior video quality and nearly 100 audio tones for 5.1 and 6.1 channels, plus Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus. Basic and advanced signals allow you to select the test pattern or sound tone needed for a specific calibration, and tutorials cover various home theater components, speaker types and placement, making connection and wiring, and using a sound meter and home theater environments.

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Avia’s latest entry into TV and audio configuration strikes a fine balance between being friendly to newcomers and satisfying to home theater gurus. Navigating the disc is easy, as it is logically divided into ten main topics that are further divided into chapters. If you are new to home theater, the first few chapters walk you through topics like Home Theater Components, Video Basics, HD Technology, and Making the Connection (hooking up your system)--all in plain English, not in techno-babble.

If you already understand the basics of home theater, it’s easy to skip to the final three chapters to tweak and calibrate every aspect of your system’s audio and video. To really take advantage of the audio test tones, you need a SPL meter, and if you don’t know how to use one, the disc walks you through the process. It also walks you through the most common video test patterns and how to use them to make proper adjustments to the sharpness, brightness, color, tint, and contrast settings on your display. The first time you calibrate your display it will look a lot different than you are used to, but resist the urge to turn the brightness up. By the end of the week, you will appreciate the improved picture and wonder how you were able to watch it before. Just be careful with the included color filters—since they lack a sturdy, cardboard liner, they can be easy to lose. --Adam Gregorich

Customer Reviews

This video really only helps with a couple of things such as brightness.
Bryan M
After viewing the test patterns and using the color filters, i noticed a significant difference in how much better the color is.
Ryan W
The quality of the DVD is poor in both video quality, menu quality, and it comes free of charge with some bugs.
Lisa M. Roller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ryan W on March 5, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My sharp aquos looked good as soon as i got it out of the box. About a month later, i decided to take the plunge and purchase this calibration dvd. After viewing the test patterns and using the color filters, i noticed a significant difference in how much better the color is. i didn't notice so much of a difference in the other settings as far as sharpness and contrast go. Even after setting the brightness with the dvd, i ended up bumping it up just a bit for daytime viewing.

I didn't get much out of the audio adjustments on my surround sound system. i got more out of the adjustments from simply using my receiver manual and remote.

In the end, after seeing other folks LCD tvs, i can tell mine has been adjusted properly with the test patterns. This was something i didn't notice until i saw someone elses tv and it was obvious the saturation needed to be adjusted.

All in all, it was a good investment. Not quite sure it was worth the $35 or so i paid for it, but my tv looks even that much better now that i have used it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Roller on January 20, 2008
Format: DVD
I own the original DVD and thought I would update to this 2nd version. A mistake. The quality of the DVD is poor in both video quality, menu quality, and it comes free of charge with some bugs. The explaination of the test paterns was better in the original, in fact, after attempting to use this DVD, I went back to the original to make sure I had not screwed things up too much.

Bottom line - if you have access to the original buy it, borrow it... But if you do not, this one is better then nothing.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Daniel H. Hamilton VINE VOICE on January 8, 2008
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The biggest flaw in this DVD is that its instructions do not necessarily match the setup options available on your TV. Terms like color and white level and sharpness and red push are used but not fully explained, so if your TV uses slightly different terms, like tint, you may be left having to guess how to produce the desired changes. Real pros will go right to the service menu, but the rest of us are left fumbling.

I realize that nobody is expecting Oscar-winning thespians in a setup DVD, but these two guys couldn't deliver a line in a UPS truck. Still, the guy with his shirt un-tucked clearly looks the couch potato part and I get warm feelings of trust when I hear him speak, based on the many hours he obviously spends in front of a wide screen.

On the plus side, even their somewhat hurried cue-card presentations of color and TV technology are nonetheless good enough that you can probably skip the test patterns and follow advice such as turning down the sharpness (which most people adjust way too high) and get a decent picture using your own eyeballs.

But that brings into question the price. I don't feel ripped off, but neither would I quickly recommend spending this amount of money when you can find much of the same info (absent the useful test patterns) online for free.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reverse Taper on June 23, 2008
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It seems obvious once you hear about it but you spend hundreds even thousands of dollars on a new TV, who's to say when it comes out of the box the settings are the best for your environment or up to movie color standards? This DVD uses a video tutorial to walk you through your TV's color, shading, and sharpness settings and even addresses your sound system. In the advanced menu the DVD offers a large variety of advanced test patterns which are explained in the PDF found on the DVD.

Personally, when I bought my new 42" LCD TV, I thought everything looked pretty good. My friend had the old Avia disc without the color filters. I decided to buy the new one to get the color filters. After making the corrections, I didn't notice a large change until I switched back and forth. Everyone on my TV looked like they had a slight sunburn and I hadn't even noticed.

If you have bought or are considering buying a HDTV, spending $40 on this DVD is a must have as it will optimize your new TV.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cliff The Engineer on July 12, 2008
Format: DVD
The explanations are pretty basic/simplistic. As others have said, I could have used way more explanation on the contrast/brightness. I also have the DVE blu-ray, which has its own problems, but the explanations are much more detailed.

What brought it up to a 4 was the patterns at the end. There is a PDF which explains how to use the patterns, and they are useful. If they had a PDF that better explained the details of contrast etc., that would have brought it up even more. They say on the video that various things like links etc. are on the DVD, but I only found a PDF explanation of the extra patterns, and a glossary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill from Iowa on February 8, 2008
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The DVD was beneficial and my Panasonic Plasma is setup perfectly. Color, tint and temperature. There are a lot of video test screens that really aren't beneficial to the average user....great if you have all the test equipment.
The audio portion was excellent for setting up and balancing my 5.1 surround system. Easy to follow and nice to have if you are serious about your home theater.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Jacobs on July 25, 2008
Format: DVD
First of all I received the DVD 3 days earlier than the expected receive date. This was nice. The DVD case is cheaply made. The DVD was sliding around inside the case to the point that it scratched the disc. The colour filters are just tossed into the DVD case separated by tissue paper. The two guys narrating on the disc do a fairly good job explaining surround sound and HDTV settings. Using the HDTV calibration menu it was easy to calibrate my Plasma TV. I could tell the difference between my original settings and the calibrated settings. Calibrating my surround was just as easy. Navigating through the disc is a bit difficult. Some of the HDTV calibration test you need to repeat a couple of times. I could FF through some of the test but other test I could not FF. Between the overly casual nature of the narrators, the very plain set/stage and the script reading it appeared to me that this disk was kind of thrown together. Like I said. The disk did the job, but I expected more.
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Avia 2 is already shipping
This version is the HD version. The version your Dad has is the SD version. Avia has not released the HD version of Avia 2 yet.
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