Which calibration disc is easiest to use?

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by eryn shannon, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. eryn shannon

    eryn shannon Stunt Coordinator

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    I was about to purchase the DVE setup disk from amazon.ca (I live in Canada) before I did I read a few reviews and allot of them were saying that it does not describe what to do with the various test tones and test patterns. I am relatively new too home theater and am afraid I will get the disk and not know what to do with it. Is it not as hard as the reviews suggest or should I consider another disk such as Avia? Thanks!
     
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    I own both (purchased as well from amazon.ca), and find Avia much easier to Navigate. If you do a search on the Forums for DVE there were quite a few discussions that went on about some of the tones. I understand that if you have a 16:9 display, then DVE has some test patterns that are not available on Avia.
     
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    I also have both Avia and DVE. Avia has better menu navigation than DVE by far, but this is not even an issue if your DVD player has a title jump feature that will allow you to jump straight to a specific title on the DVD. I use that feature on my DVD player to jump straight to title 9, chapter 1 of DVE as soon as I pop the disc in, so its super easy and thus the navigation is not even an issue for me.

    That being said, I find that the video test patterns on Avia are much better and much better explained than those on DVE. Furthermore, I was more pleased with my Avia-calibrated picture quality than I was with my DVE-calibrated results. However, Avia unfortunately only has test tones for 5.1 speaker calibration, so if you have a 6.1/7.1 set up, DVE is the absolute way to go since it has Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES test tones for speaker calibration.
     
  4. eryn shannon

    eryn shannon Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks guys, I just ordered DVE because I am planing to upgrade to 7.1 in a few months so those extra test tones for the rear channels will be usefull for me. Now I need to go to radio shack and get my SPL meter!!!
     

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