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5.0 out of 5 stars How to get the most out of your home theater in one easy disc!!, May 22, 2011
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This review is from: Disney WOW: World of Wonder [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This product is a great buy for anyone who is wanting to get the most out of their home theater, but don't want to pay the ridiculous prices that the Big-Box stores charge to set it up for you. It includes a tutorial(with Goofy demonstrating, it IS a Disney product after all!!)on what home theater components are, what you will need to set it up, how to set it up properly, etc..

Once that is complete, you move into the meat and potatoes of the disc, which is the setup and calibration sections. There are multiple screens to go through to calibrate and get that New HDTV looking better than it was in the store! One great feature this disc has with these screens, is that the true black/white/color shape moves every so often so you can see it. Which helps, because your eye will start seeing what it thinks is the shape if you stare at a stationary object too long. And you have the tendency to add more brightness/contrast than is really necessary.

Disney has included Calibration-specific setups for different types of HDTV's as well, so make sure YOU choose the right one!! Not a deal-ender if you do, it just may make your picture look a little funky because it is setup for a different type of TV.

There are also different calibration setups based on experience level. While it is geared towards the entry-level shopper, Disney has included some great tools for the home Audio/Technophile, or installer on a budget, like the pixel-flipper.

Disney also included clips from movies on this disc in the Blu-Ray format so that you can look at the HDTV in actual use and compare it to the settings you had previously. All without having to remove the disc from your player. All of the clips presented are Disney/Pixar movies. And while they do plug them for sale in this section, it is still a good feature to have on the disc, as it saves you from swapping discs frequently to see how it looks.

Not to be overlooked are the several Audio tools that help you with the setup of your Home Theater Speakers. There are test sounds that you can use to make sure you speakers are hooked up correctly for a beginner. And for the advanced user, there are tests you can use with a Sound Pressure Level (SPL) meter to see how much performance you are really getting out of that speaker system.

Bottom Line:I would highly recommend this disc for anyone who is just getting started on setting up their home theater. It will help you get so much more out of it!! And for more experienced Audiophiles/Technophiles, you will be pleasantly surprised at the depth of tools available on this disk. Don't just assume because it has the Disney name on it it's geared towards the neophyte crowd!
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