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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.
Avias 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, its easy to skip to the final three chapters to tweak and calibrate every aspect of your systems audio and video. To really take advantage of the audio test tones, you need a SPL meter, and if you dont 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 filterssince they lack a sturdy, cardboard liner, they can be easy to lose. --Adam Gregorich
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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.
I went to my DVD rack to look for my old Avia DVD, but couldn't find it.
So off to Amazon I go.
I found this Avia II DVD & decided to give it a shot.
This is MUCH better than the original version.
I watched the tutorials & performed each of the tests & was suprised to find that the results were noticeably better than what I had obtained on my own.
The only adjustment that I thought was a little off after using the disk was the tint.
According to the color strips used for the color & tint adjustment, I had to adjust the tint to +14 on the plasma & + 10 on the lcd.
I thought that this was a little high & after watching both tvs, I did notice a LOT of green.
I adjusted the tint back down to maybe half of what the disc had me adjust.
I can't belive people would pay someone big bucks to come to their homes to calibrate a tv.
Hopefully, I won't lose this one.
All in all, I would reccommend this product to anyone.
After all, you just spent several hundred $$ on a new tv, why not spend $10 a get the best picture out of it as you can.
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.
There are sound tones to make sure your speakers are connected correctly and to set the levels. In addition for audio setting, I would recommend buying a SPL( Sound Pressure Level) meter which measures the loudness of sound in decibels (dBs). Radio Shack makes a very good SPL meter fro $50.
The SPL is more precise than auto-setup because you can very easily adjust teh sound level of every speaker to be exactly equal at the postion listening position or at 1 meter from each speaker.
The video setup is excellent and easy to use for calibrating just about any TV. You do not need any special tools. You need the TV remote and access to the TV setup menu.
Overall, a very good product.
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.