Is the AVIA DVD still the best for calibrating your audio/video system?

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  1. Manuel Parrado

    Manuel Parrado Stunt Coordinator

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    Just that question.

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  2. Steve WC

    Steve WC Stunt Coordinator

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    I am a total HT beginner so I bought the Sound and Vision calibration disc. It was very easy to use. It took less than 1hr. to calibrate both audio and video. Plus, it only cost $15.00.
     
  3. Manuel Parrado

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    I guess I'll have to look into that one.

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  4. Kevin C Brown

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    The Sound & Vision disc is sort of the 2nd rev of the Avia disc. (Avia is strictly 5.1 but S&V includes 6.1.)
    But Avia has more tests.
    But I also seem to remember someone saying that if you calibrate your video to Avia, it comes out with a yellowish tinge.
    I have used both, and to be honest, I prefer S&V: because it's "simpler" ! [​IMG]
    Cheaper too. I've found it at Frys for $15.
     
  5. Manuel Parrado

    Manuel Parrado Stunt Coordinator

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    I did not know about this Sound and Vision.

    I fell behind last year when the only alternatives where the Avia and the HT Essentials discs.

    I will certainly consider this other disc (even more if it is cheaper).

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  6. SteveA

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    I've used Avia on a couple of sets now and never seen any kind of a yellowish tinge afterward. Avia is the yardstick that all other calibration discs are measured against.
     
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    After doing the contrast test with any test disk, you should lower the contrast significantly from the suggested value and then complete the calibration, if you want the longest life from your TV.
    A general rule is contrast no more than 1/3 for projection TV or no more than 1/2 for direct view TV.
    If you have viewed uncalibrated TV sets for a long time, it will take time getting used to the picture from a properly calibrated TV.
    Source material may vary in color content. Even an aging lamp in a telecine machine when a movie is committed to video during DVD production may result in a yellowish tinge for that movie.
    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     
  8. John Cain

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    Yes it is....
     
  9. Dave H

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    Avia is the best.
     
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    I agree with the other "yes" replies. The older Video Essentials was harder to use and out of date, and is no longer in production. There is a newer one, Digital Video Essentials, that is in development, but I have no idea if it will be as good as Avia.
     
  11. Matt Butler

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    Ive been using the old Video Essentials. Should I get a different one?
     
  12. Kevin C Brown

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    A lot of the video tests on the S&V disc *are* the original Avia tests.

    Same people did both discs. (With David Ranada.)
     
  13. Andrew Pratt

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    you could always try winning one here
     
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    Hello all. I've used video essentials for over 3 years, and tons of TV's. I used to use it on the TV's at Best Buy when I worked there. Overall, I have gotten terrific results on NTSC and HDTV. Hopefully this rumoured Digital Video Essentials will carry on the tradition.

    AJ Garman
     

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