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Monster/ISF HDTV Calibration Wizard DVD (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Easy-to-use live video shots help you calibrate your TV without complicated test patterns.
  • Hosted by the Head Monster, Noel Lee, and singer/songwriter Jenna Drey.
  • Includes Jenna Dreys music video--the first recorded in WMV HD (720p) with 7.1 digital audio.
  • Created by Monster, the Imaging Science Foundation, and Microsoft.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Monster
  • Model: ISF CALDSK

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000EEXEIW
  • Item model number: ISF CALDSK
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,253 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 30, 2006

Product Description

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Getting the Most from HDTV

High Definition RV and displays deliver an astonishing life-like picture that can place you in the action of whatever you are watching, however, the setup by the manufacturer can limit the ability to get the best picture. Presets and out-of-the box setups run HOT for display in brightly lit showrooms to show off the quality of the picture. These settings are often not ideal for home viewing, and calibrating the picture is the only way to get the right setup for your environment. Without proper setup, black appears washed out, white appears too bright, and the details look thin look fuzzy.
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Perfect Color and Clarity the Affordable Way

The award-winning Monster/ISF HDTV Calibration Wizard DVD is the fast, easy, and affordable solution to bring out the best from your HDTV. It was even named Electronic Magazine's 2006 Product of the Year! By using the Monster/ISF HDTV Calibration  DVD you will bring your HDTV to a level that you may not even have known was possible quickly and easily. Get perfect color and clarity without retaining a professional ISF calibrator with $10,000 worth of instruments...

Become Your Own Video Expert
In a series of east, step-by-step video tutorials, pop star Jenna Drey walks you through an entire HDTV calibration process. In minutes, you'll learn how to optimize your TV's display levels for maximum HDTV performance, so you can always get the richest blacks, most natural color and absolute sharpest picture from your HDTV. See more than you ever imagined...

Exclusive Monster/ISF Features
  • Easy step-by-step video instructions; no intimidating test patterns or complicated programming, no extra equipment required
  • Hosted by Jenna Drey and "Head Monster" Noel Lee
  • Optimum contrast, brightness, color accuracy and more-in minutes
  • Watch your favorite movies and shows exactly the way the pros intended
  • Co-produced by the Imaging Science Foundation, the world authority in video calibration
What the Pros Are Saying
"Leaving your HDTV at the factory picture settings is like installing a new air conditioner without setting the thermostat. Basic picture adjustments take less than five minutes and could improve your TV's performance dramatically." Brent Butterworth, Editor-in-Chief, Home Entertainment Magazine

"Calibrating your television will likely have a far greater impact on the picture's quality than the brand, features, or technology used to create it."
Mike Wood, Editor-in-Chief, Digital TV & Sound

"Congratulations ISF & Monster. Using this DVD will significantly improve picture quality and give HDTV owners insight into the benefits of a complete professional calibration- and at a remarkable price!"
Kevin Miller-CNET-ISF Instructor

"This disc is simply invaluable. Short of bringing in an ISF guru, along with thousands of dollars of test equipment, the HDTV Calibration Wizard is the best and only way to go."
David Frangioni- Home Theater and Studio Designer to the Stars

'High Definition video enhances the listener's attachment to great sound. However, setting video levels for optimum color, black levels and contrast performance has always been a technical challenge for consumers. Our congratulations to Monster/ISF for creating an easy-to-use program to help even novice HDTV owners get dramatically better pictures."
Craig Eggers- Dolby Labs





Product Description

Monster Cable Cable ISF HDTV Calibration Wizard ISF CALDSK PC Utilities

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Customer Reviews

Calibration Wizard is hard to use.
Eddie
It helps you adjust a whopping four settings: brightness, contrast, tint/hue and sharpness.
John Margaglione
I wish I had read Marc Anderson's review first.
Gary A. Patterson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

205 of 215 people found the following review helpful By R. Smith on April 24, 2006
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Marc Anderson's review below hits the nail on the head. This is possibly the most useless TV tool and/or calibration tool that has ever been marketed. It is about as high tec as a plastic pair of 3-D glasses and about as useful also. When you buy a calibration disc you are not interested in someone's singing career or her "cutsy" expressions about calibration. This really is a disc that explains the 4-5 basic components of TV calibration whilst leaving the viewer hanging at the point where more info. is necessary. It may be helpful to someone who has not owned a color TV in the last 45 years but otherwise there is no value added. It is certainly easy to use because there is nothing really to use. Absolutely terrible!
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126 of 131 people found the following review helpful By San Jose Reviewer on June 1, 2006
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This DVD is okay. It does what it advertises, but there are much better calibration DVDs out there. This DVD doesn't contain any audio calibration, which is what I also wanted. Some of the calibration on the DVD is too subjective for my taste. I really thought the music video at the end was rather pointless. If you're a guy with a short attention span, this DVD will probably work for you.

I found that "The AVIA Guide to Home Theater" DVD was much better. The AVIA DVD provides much less subjective calibration. It contains audio calibration. It contains suggestions on the types of cables to use, and other helpful suggestions for setting up your home theater. The only downside of the AVIA DVD was that it wasn't widescreen, unlike this widescreen DVD, but in reality the widescreen video is only useful if you're too blind to notice that your aspect ratio on the TV is causing circles to look like ovals.

Personally, I thought this Monster/ISF DVD was a waste of my money.
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190 of 204 people found the following review helpful By Marc Anderson on April 6, 2006
Don't waste your money on this. It seems the only reason this DVD was made was to feature someone's girlfriend's video. It's nothing more than...if you see an X on the screen your brightness is set too high and the girl in the middle should look good while the one one the right looks pasty. Now your done let's watch a terrible music video.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By John Margaglione on February 9, 2007
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This DVD is as big of a ripoff as $150 HDMI cables. As one reviewer pointed out, I would not lend or recommend this DVD to my friends. The setup is so basic and limited as to be a waste of time. I did a better job of adjusting my settings without this DVD than with it. It helps you adjust a whopping four settings: brightness, contrast, tint/hue and sharpness. Wow, all the settings my 1975 Philips console TV had. They needed to make a DVD to show me how to set the tint so that people don't show up green? Don't even ask about the "music video" on here. That was probably the most insulting part of the whole video, with the possible exception of the Monster exec on the DVD telling you what a star this bimbo is going to be. If I could get my money back on this I would. Please don't spend your money on this product.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Cyrus Durgin on September 22, 2006
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Having used other video calibration disks before (the Digital Essentials and a few others I can't recall), I have to say that this DVD isn't worth the plastic it's encoded on. There is basically no real information, and the set-up is guided by some wanna-be pop star who goes out of her way to make the whole process as non-technical as possible by removing any indication of what you're actually trying to achieve. The few calibrations they have you work through are basic at best, and they entirely skip over color calibration. Pure uselessness.
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful By T. Moss on November 29, 2008
I see too many people giving negative reviews of this disc. Initially I was sort of mad at the salesman that sold me this disk because I expressed my displeasure of all things "Monster". Yeah they sell overpriced cables and they use a lot of hype when promoting their products but this disc was actually pretty useful. Look, I don't have $400 to spend on getting my system professionally calibrated but I did want my TV to look as good as I could get it. As one reviewer had said the video is slightly annoying but my TV looks fantastic. The menus are easy to use, the narration is easy to follow and for $25 you really can't beat the price.

I have a full time job and I have too many things going on in my life to become an expert on matters of all things HDTV. I am sure some of the more technical discs are great but this took me all of maybe 12 minutes. It showed me how to adjust my black levels (which is very important from what I am told), adjust my brightness and set my color correctly. I am sure it could be better and I may hire someone in the future to calibrate my system but this disc does the job it was intended to do. If you are like me and bought a nice home theater and want it to look good go ahead and buy this disc. It's easy, does a good job and is endorsed by the ISF. That is the bottom line.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Qwho51 on August 5, 2006
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Color me stupid

Save you money and your time.

Thirty dollars for 20 minutes?? HAH!! Just like every other Monster product; overpriced and over-rated. Save you money buy a

real calibration DVD.

If I could give it back, I would.

Don't be sucked in by the name....
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By voodoo on January 9, 2007
I ordered this dvd after reading that I might not be getting the best picture from my new high def LCD. I have an Olevia tv and tuned the settings myself using a couple of animated movies such as Shrek and Finding Nemo.

However, I decided to order this since it was supposed to help you fine tune your tv picture without the high price tag of some calibration discs that run up to $400.

This dvd breaks down the calibration into about 8 seperate menus, and really only 4 or so are relevant to calibrating your settings. The first one tunes your black color to the deepest possible black, the next to the whitest white. Sharpness, contrast, and ratio are some other tests included.

However, I found all my settings to be correct for the most part, just by trusting my eyes while watching my other dvd's. I only changed my sharpness, and I think I only took it down one notch. This wouldn't be too bad, except the user of this disc has to suffer through a highly annoying narration of the discs content by the host, Jenna Drey.

The icing on the cake comes when you have "the privilege" of watching Jenna's awful music video, which claims to be the first music video ever done in HD, at the end of the disc. Instead of crisp HD however, the video is shot with a "glamor" filter...the kind that gives that soft fuzzy overtone, which completely defeats the purpose of HD in my opinion. Top it off with a shirtless, kilt-wearing man wielding a pool cue and you have one TERRIBLE music video.

Anyway, bottom line: good for the money if you have no idea what you're doing with your high def television, but if you are even somewhat capable of watching a movie and saying, "the blue sky looks green, I bet I can fix that" then you probably don't need this disc.
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