Avia vs. S&V Tune up vs. DVE vs. others...

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Owen Bartley, May 18, 2004.

  1. Owen Bartley

    Owen Bartley Second Unit

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    I have been reading a lot of the threads concerning setup discs lately and am now more confused than when I started. I had planned to pick one of these up, along with the standard Radio Shack SPL meter, and calibrate my thratre, but now I have all kinds of doubt about:

    1. the variations in levels between discs,
    2. which one is "accurate" and which isn't,
    3. which supports 6.1/7.1,
    4. which has DD and which DTS,
    etc., etc.

    Also, why is the S&V disc so much cheaper than Avia? Is it really lacking any standard features, or is it just pro stuff. Really, all I want to do is calibrate my audio levels (for a 6.1 system, preferably DD and DTS) and establish a reference point. Is there something I'd be missing out on if I just order the S&V disc? ($22 Canadian on Amazon).

    Thanks, I know this subject is on the border of being done to death.
     
  2. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    Try the primer. I wrote a piece comparing the three a few months ago.



    Abbreviated, more commercial version for consumers at best buy--- not intended to be a top end tool with professional tests like avia and DVE- instead targeted at dorm room users and entry level HT buyers at big stores like best buy and circuit city.
     
  3. Owen Bartley

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    Thanks, Vince. I'll go through the primer today. I think I'm pretty sold on the S&V disc.

    Edit: now after looking at the details for DVE I might go that way...
     

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