Colorvision STV100 Spyder TV Colormeter (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Scientifically measures contrast, brightness, color, tint, and color temperature presets on your TV
- Helps you make adjustments to dramatically improve your picture quality
- Easy to use, intuitive interface
- Comprehensive help screens guide you through each step to achieve your desired color setting
- Supports Plasma, RPTV, DLP, LCD and CRT TVs.
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The Datacolor SpyderTV colorimeter and software deliver an easy-to-use solution for optimizing any TV for a better viewing experience. SpyderTV scientifically measures contrast, brightness, color, tint, and color temperature presets on your TV and helps you make the necessary adjustments to dramatically improve your picture quality. SpyderTV supports Plasma, RPTV, DLP, LCD and CRT TVs.
Make sure your TV produces the same bright, vibrant picture at home as it does in the store showroom with the Colorvision STV100 SpyderTV Colormeter, which takes the guesswork out of improving your TV picture. The easy-to-use SpyderTV colormeter and software scientifically measures contrast, brightness, color, tint, and color temperature presets on your TV and helps you make the necessary adjustments to dramatically improve your picture quality. It walks you through the entire optimization process with its intuitive interface. The comprehensive help screens guide you through each step to achieve your desired color setting. Unique before and after images allow you to quickly see improvements. It supports Plasma, RPTV, DLP, LCD and CRT TVs.
What's in the Box
SpyderTV Colormeter, DVD instructions, printed operating instructions
- More accurate color values
- More natural and lifelike skin tones
- Maximized shadow and highlight detail
- Visible improvement in cable and satellite programming, next generation DVDs, video games--as well as existing DVDs and home movies
- Improved efficiency and extended TV lifespan
Top customer reviews
Believe me, if you know how to adjust your display settings, you don't to need expend a penny in software, or pay a technician at the Geek Squad $250.00 per TV. It is a rip off. Most displays now come with many different viewing settings, just tweak them and you'll get your results.
Now let me say that I've tried it in a room with only modest light as well as a room with no other Ambient Light Source and both proved to be identical values so as long as it isn't broad daylight with the blinds open it is pretty reliable.
Let me add that the device is a Colorimeter which is for calibrating color and it is actually very good at it! Much better than you could eyeball regardless of who you are.
So with all that said, let's address some of the complaints, or should I say misconceptions with the device.
1st, all the Device knows are absolutes that are pre-programmed into the software and it is designed to achieve accuracy within a certain degree (often lower than .05% Deviation) and your eyes will never be that accurate.
2nd, Skin Tones Change based on the light source used and unfortunately Hollywood knows that the lighting creates atmosphere so the skin tones will never be 100% reliable in any movie; So let's take the movie "The Guardian" for example this movie had no less than 7 different light sources depending on the scene and this would make calibrating your screen based on skin tones as tough a target as trying to pinpoint a Democrats Morals (After all, truth is relative right?). In Reality Skin tones can only truly be used to judge Calibration based on a Daylight Scene and ONLY if You Know the Skin Tone To Begin With.
So if you're going to judge the devices capabilities then you should use known quantities to judge. Good sources are Whites Lines, Known Black Items and Blue Skies or use a modern Animated Feature like Finding Nemo or Shrek where light temperature is never really a factor.
Now as for Brightness and Contrast, these characteristics are designed to work within a defined range as well and the Colorimeter is doing what it's told to do...
Basically, the software measures the top value and the bottom value for each setting and then takes a few calculated readings from in between to determine range while setting the appropriate mid-point for Range. Keep in Mind, that isn't arbitrary and as such the device will not know if part of a scene is too dark, it is just trying to keep everything operating within a certain range without letting parts of the scene get blown out (the more range your TV has the better this will work but at 700:1 or 1500:1 it will require some user intervention).
My advice for setting up a TV, that is less than 2000:1 contrast ratio, with the SpyderTV is to go through the whole setup and then tweak the brightness and contrast with a THX Video Test from a Pixar Disk like Finding Nemo or using DVE for these settings.
So, with all that said this device is every bit as accurate as higher priced calibration tools but does require a little bit of knowledge to operate properly within spec.
Still, the store settings on any two panels have two problems. First, they are amped up beyond compare as the TV vendors compete to be "who's the brightest" on the lit showroom floor. Sitting in my living room, they are far far too bright to watch. Second, they display colors totally differently. It's just hard to compare to 2 sets that are calibrated so differently.
Now the TVs that we are looking at cost a pretty penny, and it seemed that a couple of hundred dollars to inform the decision was a good idea, just like the hundred dollars for an HDMI splitter seemed like a good idea. The splitter was a good idea, the Spyder TV Colormeter not so much.
I calibrated 2 panels with this product. Two things are true about the calibrations. First, they do not look at all the same. The Sony panel has red shifted flesh tones while the Sharp looks cold and sterile. Second, they look way way worse than before the calibration. After 20 minutes of watching Casino Royale, it was time to revert back to a toned down version of the factory defaults for each.
At first I thought that I had not followed the instructions right. Maybe it was not dark enough. Maybe the sensor was not positioned right. Having done the process several times, I can state categorically that while the colorvision Spyder TV may not deliver good results, it is consistent in its delivery of bad results.
I simply cannot recommend this product.
Most recent customer reviews
Easy to use and does the job.
Ambient light WILL affect the finial out come of the procedure!Read more
I was wondering if I had a faulty unit since it was an "opened" item and slightly discounted in the store where I bought it.Read more