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Sound & Vision Home Theater Tune-Up

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Sound & Vision, the world's largest audio/video magazine, has teamed with Ovation Software, the leading authority on A/V equipment calibration, to bring you this comprehensive, entertaining, and simple-to-use guide to hooking up, operating, and adjusting your home theater for the absolute best performance! Whether you're a novice or enthusiast, you'll find step-by-step instructions, exclusive video patterns and audio tests, and helpful tips for hooking up, adjusting, and operating your system! Exclusive, user-friendly video test patterns, Audio Tune-up with exclusive test signals designed by Sound & Vision Technical Editor David Ranada, including speaker ID/balance for 5.1-channel and 6.1-channel systems, speaker phase, and subwoofer level S-Video/ composite video test, DVD aspect-ratios explained, Jack-by-jack set-up & installation advice. 90 minutes.

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Whether you've just purchased your first surround sound system or you've been fiddling with A/V wires since you were 13, Sound & Vision Home Theater Tune-Up is an easy-to-follow tutorial for connecting today's complex digital and analog equipment. The DVD features an articulate couple exchanging barbs as they lead viewers through 80 minutes of instruction on everything from loudspeaker phase checks to video calibration. Scriptwriter- producer Rob Sabin does a superb job targeting novice consumers with non-techy dialogue. The disc incorporates excellent audio test signals, along with an impressive demonstration for adjusting subwoofer crossover settings. The TV calibration section (with supplied blue color filter) enables viewers to easily adjust contrast, brightness, sharpness, and color levels. Extras include six Dolby Digital sound demos, a DTS surround music sample, and a THX theater trailer. Although home theater aficionados may find the couple's banter fatiguing, the audio/video tests should leave a favorable impression. --Eric K. Gill

Special Features

  • Chapters: Home Theater Basics, Installing Your Home Theater, Video Tune-Up, Audio Tune-Up, Operating Your Home Theater, Upgrading Your Home Theater, Resources
  • Direct-access menu for A/V tests
  • Advanced video & audio tests
  • Bonus: How to Use a Sound Level Meter
  • Demonstration video trailers
  • DVD-ROM section for PCs

Product Details

  • Actors: Sound & Vision
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: DVD International
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005TRZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,588 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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140 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Psymon JC on April 11, 2002
Format: DVD
I have both Sound & Vision Home Theater Tune-Up and the Avia Guide To Home Theater. If you're a serious video/audiophile, you will want to get the Avia Guide To Home Theater which has far more comprehensive video/audio calibration tests and procedures.
Then again, I suspect the S&V disc is more aimed at the 'mass market' and as such, it does an excellent job. The explanations are very well (and occasionally humorously) explained by two highly appealing presenters. The audio/video tune-ups are a subset of what's available on the Avia Guide disc, though the S&V disc also includes some test patterns from Avia Pro which I hadn't seen before.
I very much like the 'Extras' section of the disc which has some great demo clips from Dolby, DTS, and THX. These are not available on Avia Guide to Home Theater. Also, the DTS tune-up is not available on the Avia Guide, and is most welcome though it didn't result in any changes to my audio settings.
I experienced a strange glitch with the video on the speaker balance tune-up - the wrong speaker was highlighted or the previous menu would be displayed. Weird. I have had no problems with the Avia Guide.
Overall, at the MSRP ...I highly recommend the Sound & Vision Home Theater Tune-Up. It's informative and entertaining, and I think it will help novice users better understand and make the most of their home theaters.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2002
Format: DVD
I recently splurged on a new home theater system (large-screen Sony TV, a Dolby Digital receiver, and surround speakers). After I set up the system I was pleased by the results. Great sound, great picture. Then my brother sent me a (very) belated Christmas gift last week, Home Theater Tune-up.
What a shock!
The picture that I thought was "great" became fantastic. The picture is a darker than before, but details seem to jump out at you.
I purchased a Radio Shack sound meter, as advised by the disc, and used it according to the disc's instructions.
Another HUGE difference! I felt like I was in the middle of the scene!
Overall the disc was extremely helpful. It laid facts out in bite sized morsels that I could easily digest. The girl was hot. The guy got on my nerves a bit...
I recommend you stay away from the upgrading your equipment chapter, though. I'm already plotting my next purchase!
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bechtel on March 22, 2002
Format: DVD
I'm glad to see a set-up disc that doesn't cost [so much]. I have not seen the much talked about Avia disc, but my guesses are that for most people with a basic 4:3 TV and economically packaged surround system, this is all that you need and perhaps more. The on-screen narrators provide an easy-to-understand introduction for the beginner and the seperately accessible tests make it easy for the more experienced to jump right in at his own pace. I'm also glad to finally see DTS audio tests along with the Dolby Digital tests. Also helpful is the explanation of how to use RadioShack's sound meter although the disc's instructions to point the microphone up differed with the meter's instructions to point the meter at each sound source (Anybody know which way is really best?). This disc also includes a nice variety of demos to show off your system's full video and surround potential.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sherin Emad Barsoum on November 27, 2002
Format: DVD
This DVD is a must for all people interested in audio and video quality. Also it's simple, and the narrators are very cute. It gives a basic description of new digital home theatre systems, including the receiver, the speakers, different types of connections, and useful tests of audio and video calibration.
One of the most difficult items on calibration is that of the subwoofer. The test included is perfect, and at last I can enjoy hearing the deep bass without distortion. Different digital sound tests are included like Dolby 5.1 and DTS, which make this DVD a reference guide to the new era of digital home theatre systems.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Frank Roberts on January 17, 2002
Format: DVD
I bought a copy at the consumer electronics show last week, and am impressed at the quality and information of this disc. It was informative, easy to follow, and my picture is much better now on my Toshiba TV. I have not tried the audio tones yet, but the disc has a chapter for using a sound-level meter. My wife actually watched the entire disc with me -unusual for her. Very cool.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dean! on July 15, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I debated this one for $18 (sealed new) from an Amazon seller or the Ovia one which was $40.

I just purchased an HD LCD TV and some of the content inside this DVD is outdated and has no mentionings on how to adjust an LCD backlight and some other features like Dynamic Contrast, etc.

However, the basic calibrations like Contrast, Sharnpess, Color, Tint, Brightness, etc, are great and get the job done.

The audio tests are nothing more than "Let me send a signal to each speaker so you know which one is left, right, rear, or center, or sub"

It was good for speaker polarity, but I would like to have seen an equalizer test for knowing how to best set mids and highs and filtering out lows - but for testing surround sound - yes it works.

For the money, yes, I recommend this, I wouldn't buy the DVD used since it may not have the blue clear filter lens that is included to help you adjust color and tint. Mine was factory sealed, though it was from a seller.

I will continue to use this DVD at other places through out the house and I'm sure friends will want to borrow it. I also pre-called Blockbuster to see if they rented one out, but they don't - and also I "hear" that Circuit City and Best Buy may give out free ones, but I didn't get my tv from them and didn't know anyone that worked there. I plan to upgrade my audio system and this will come in handy again.

This one's a nice keeper since most tv retain different video settings for the various inputs, so IF I add a HDDVD player or upconvert, I can use this DVD again.
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