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Old 11-15-2009, 06:13 PM   #1  
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May be a dumb question but can't you just adjust the settings to your personal liking? What exactly do the calibration discs do?
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:41 PM   #2  
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What exactly do the calibration discs do?
They present through your DVD player, test patterns that allow you to adjust your TV for the following..

1. Set up the proper black and white levels.

2. Adjust for reduction in edge enhancement protocols.

3. Set up saturation and phase ( Color and Tint ) if the disk has the filter gels that work with the various patterns.

I've a "setup page" on my website that goes into the above in detail. Take a look there and then if you have more questions, post them here.

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Old 11-15-2009, 07:10 PM   #3  
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OK, I have had my RCA RP HD for a little over 2 years. Never knew anything about the calibration disk(s) till recently when I joined this board. Are all these disks the same? Or, is there a way to determine what disk is best for my tv?

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OK, I have had my RCA RP HD for a little over 2 years. Never knew anything about the calibration disk(s) till recently when I joined this board. Are all these disks the same? Or, is there a way to determine what disk is best for my tv?

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I have this one coming. http://www.amazon.com/Spears-Munsil-...8347394&sr=8-1 Heard it was easier to use than DVE and I'm approaching 200 hrs on my Panny.
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I have this one coming. http://www.amazon.com/Spears-Munsil-...8347394&sr=8-1 Heard it was easier to use than DVE and I'm approaching 200 hrs on my Panny.
That is the best disc available on Blu-ray but if the OP only has a DVD player the Avia disc would be the easiest to use...
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Old 11-15-2009, 11:39 PM   #7  
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For a basic set of patterns and a free place to start, look for any of the Star Wars or other Lucas/Spielberg films and in the options menus will be their THX optimizer.

While not as glitzy as the dedicated test disks, it will indeed do most that the others will and for free + help you with your surround sound system as well.

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May be a dumb question but can't you just adjust the settings to your personal liking? What exactly do the calibration discs do?
Yes, you absolutely can.

Calibration discs are nothing more than a tool to help you adjust the controls of your tv so that your tv displays content to industry standards, in effect allowing you to see content the way the director intended you to see it.

For example:
  • Set the black levels too low, and you lose shadow detail in the darkest parts of the picture
  • set the contrast to high, and you lose details in the lightest parts of the picture.
  • Set the color control too high and content tends to look cartoonish,
  • Set tint wrong, and people on your tv will look either sunburned or jaundice.

Some people are so used to watching tvs wrong for so long, that they sometimes don't like the end product of a well calibrated display.

I recommend that you calibrate your tv following the directions contained in the Spears & Munsil disc (if you own a blu-ray player, as this disc will only play on blu-ray. Otherwise, take Loves2watch and d6500k advice on standard definition calibration discs.), and watch it for a while. If you don't like it, you can adjust the controls to what looks good to "you".

Happy viewing.

P.S. a hint with the color settings.....Adjust the color saturation levels & tint to the color bars and filter contained in the Spears & Munsil disc, then go to regular content and fine tune color level only. A lot of times you'll find that you'll need to turn color saturation level down further a few clicks until the color level appears natural.

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I have this one coming. http://www.amazon.com/Spears-Munsil-...8347394&sr=8-1 Heard it was easier to use than DVE and I'm approaching 200 hrs on my Panny.
how did you make out with this disc?
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how did you make out with this disc?
Pretty well. Used it on all 3 on my panels and I'm happy with the results. Very simple to use.
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