- Blue filter for adjusting tint on your video system
- Video essential still frame presentation
- Sound level meter setup
- Web links
Top Customer Reviews
1. Navigation: On VE, the navigation is handled by a very confusing set of menus within menus. On my DVD remote, I could only access one of the menus using a button that I otherwise never use. Until I figured this out, the only way I could skip through the initial (not very useful) audio stuff was to fast forward! Avia's menus work like every other menu I have ever used. No problem with navigation.
2. Color calibration: VE offers only a blue filter. However, Avia provides red, blue, and green filters and allows you set each independently.
3. Sharpness: VE simply tells you to turn your sharpness all the way down. The pattern for setting sharpness is so under explained, it is useless. Avia provides a full explanation and resulted in my setting the sharpness level considerably above zero.
4. Brightness and Contrast settings: VE provides only static bars (and requires that your DVD passes pure black). Avia provides bars that flash. This makes getting proper settings much easier. Also, your DVD doesn't have to pass pure black.
Summa summarum: It's a really good tool to improove the image quality of your set. But the price is way to high ! $10.- would be a fair price.
The audio calibration section not only doesn't tell me anything new, it doesn't tell me nearly close to what I (or most people) already know. It merely comprises of a brief "tour" of surround system, a superficial segment that essentially just reminds you to check your connections, a segment on checking polarity of the center speaker, and separate segments containing pink noises for testing each speaker, which is something most people already have built into their receivers. There is absolutely not a word on important issues like acoustics of the room, speaker placements, cabling, or what type of speakers to use.
I sincerely hope the disc maker would release an improved edition of the disc that has expanded coverage on audio. But I would hate to pay a higher price for it since it is already at a premium.
Problem: you need to setup a projector or projection tv (e.g. set the dynamic convergence). You read the service manual. It says "feed a checkerboard test signal into the projector and proceed to tweak the following variable resistors inside the set until red converges with green..." Hmm, you don't have a video test pattern generator do you ? But...stick this DVD in your DVD player and lo and behold you now DO have a pretty good test pattern generator. And at $40 it's a heck of a lot cheaper than the real thing.
Obviously not everyone needs to or is able to perform dynamic convergence or focus adjustments on their equipment, but I do and so do many others and this disk is a godsend for us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the product I would recommend to anyone who appreciates their home systems but wanted more from their systems. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by jazz man
I have never received this item. I have written to the supplier but have never received a reply. I cannot say whether it is good or bad.Published on November 23, 2008 by Donald R. Wickstrom
First of all, like most DVD's you are not able to simply navigate this DVD with the Title and Chapter Menu buttons. Read morePublished on November 1, 2003 by JanSobieski
I have had this DVD for years. It was tought to buy it at first since $25 seemed like a lot for something I would only use once. Read morePublished on October 23, 2003 by Kirk Bauer
Made all the difference for our 65" wide-screen Mitsubishi TV. We had a tech come out and try to improve our picture, and he accomplished nothing. Read morePublished on December 14, 2002 by Sandi Hultman
This is an outstanding DVD to be used to set up and fine tune your home theater system. Highly recommended!!!Published on July 20, 2002
I have the Laser Disk version (now out of print) and this DVD version is just as good. However, it takes a lot of navigation to go directly to the test images as they are not... Read morePublished on May 10, 2002 by Alan R. Applegate
This was a very good start out for set up on our projector systems. Everything was straight forward in it's text, and very helpful. Read morePublished on August 20, 2001 by robert hawkins