Spears & Munsil High-Definition Benchmark Blu-ray Disc Edition [Blu-ray]
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Sony XBR6 52" is perfect after Spears & Munsil.
It's not quite that simple. First off, a large section of the tests appear to test items on your TV that you have no control over. This is confusing to those new to "calibrating" your TV. There should be a section called "This will test stuff you can fix" and "This will test stuff you can't fix" to clarify. Example: a section will say "you should not see stepping of shades in the following test" and then refers to NOTHING to fix the problem. Ok, my TV is showing the stepping or sectioning of shades, so what do I do to fix it?
Also, the disc comes with what looks like 3-d glasses that are blue-ish in color. Nowhere, I repeat nowhere, in the booklet does it explain what these do. It refers to a "blue filter" in the booklet at one point, but it does not say it's the film that came with the disc and that you should, oh, you know, put it up to your eyes in some of the calibration tests!
A helpful manual or booklet would remedy all of the issues I've experienced thus far, but the booklet is simply made for those who have done calibration before.
I did perform the brightness, contrast, and coloring tests with relative ease - and this did improve the picture on my TV. But it doesn't look better to the point of paying for this disc. I even reverted my changes back to how I had it before and could make an argument that it looked just as good.
Another complaint - most TVs nowdays have built-in adjustment features that automatically change the brightness, contrast, back-light levels, sharpness and other items.Read more ›
If you are debating between the three - pick this disk - the Spears & Munsil if you have a technical background and some instruments. This disk has not only good on-screen help but excellent web based help and discussions. The DVE disk has NONE. The Wow disc is easiest to use and will give as good results as the Spears and Munsil if you don't have instruments.
But the real question, for most people, is whether this disk will help them set up their HDTV in a user friendly manner? The answer is "maybe" and at best, ONLY in a very limited manner.
What can an average user expect to accomplish WITHOUT INSTRUMENTS? Not that much. Here is a list.
1.) Adjust the black level. Black level is an adjustment (using your brightness control - no - that is not a typo) so pure blacks are as dark as your TV can present them while near black (dark grays) can still be seen. This is not as simple as you might suspect. Your blu-ray player and HDTV must first pass the "below black" test signal. This disk, at least warns that some HDTVs or blu-ray players may not pass that signal, while the DVE disk does not even mention it. This disk also provides a work-around if your player/HDTV does not pass this signal. However this adjustment can be effected by an LCD's back-light and no mention or help is provided to deal with that complexity. So you may or may not get this adjustment right.
2.) Adjust the white level. This is controlled by your TV's picture or contrast control. Your goal here is to be able to detect shades of white above/below reference white.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great addition to the test disks I have for DTV and is a welcome addition.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have used this disc to configure at least 20 HD Tv's over the past few years. It was very noticeable in the beginning on configurations and the difference in picture quality. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mick
As long as You know what You are doing and truly understand video it works fantastic especially after display has a view years of use on it. Great product...Published 16 months ago by Christopher Price