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.
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