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Sound & Vision Home Theater Tune-Up
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- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just what I( needed to tune up my sound system.
Some information is old but most is still usable.
For 49 cents it was a deal!
A great tool to get a very good starting point for picture adjustments. Don't be surprised if further fine-tuning to your educated eye is required for optimal results.Published 14 months ago by Alan V. Raczka
Needs to be updated with today's flat screen technology.....old CRT TV's in used in the demonstrations.Published on July 11, 2014 by c
A must for all that people, who have to use the 100% feauture of the new technology on LCD, LED, OLED, or the proyector on the color, contrast and clear image of whatever you have... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Samuel A. Vindiola Robles
I put off tuning my system because I thought it would be too technical. But this DVD made it easy, even sort of fun.Published on December 13, 2013 by Mark Myers