Yes, we are active in several forums because we love this stuff as much as you do..
Again, thank you for your favorable comments. I worked for almost 3 years putting this together, so it is great to hear positive reviews. Thank you..
Please allow me to respond to your comments.Comment - Re the glasses versus monocle ...
Reply - As noted below:
* If you look closely at our filter ... you will find that it is not a single strip of film.
* We tested every film there was ... almost literally in fact ... and in the end, we could not find ANY single layer Blue Gel ... including custom films we had created ... that could meet our very strict specifications for accuracy, optical quality, and light transmission.
* We put the Two (2) Filters in a "Monocle" to keep them together because "Glasses" did not fit in the case with the 56 page booklet.
* We went with the Monocle because we believe having two (2) loose film strips with instructions to "Double" them up would have been confusing for most consumers.
* All of the single filters we tried leaked an unacceptable amount of green. You can test this yourself by trying various filters and looking at the amount of Green transmitted.
* Yes, it is a different shade. You are correct. However, let's be clear on what I said and did not say. I did not make any claims compared to other blue gels on the market. You need to test that for yourself and feel free to report any results you come you with.
* Perhaps the Monocle takes a little getting used to, but we believe it was the best solution under the circumstances. Think if it like aiming and using your dominant eye. You can look online to see how to determine which eye is dominant. Here is a link as an example.http://www.ehow.com/how_11347_determ...inant-eye.html
* Again, I hope you get a chance to check your color setup with our blue filter verses any other disc you may have used. I am fairly confident you will be happy with the results.Comment - Color Calibration
Reply - As noted below:
* Understood. We did look at every other disc on the market before creating our patterns. In the end, we created what we thought works best. However, I assume everyone has different preferences .. and in fact I expect that to be the case. We understand it takes a bit more critical focus to adjust color...and do not feel that is necessarily a negative.
* Your comments are duly noted and we appreciate all feedback from end users and forum members. To be honest, a lot of this disc was created based on comments I recieved over the years for forum members. We thank you for your constructive comments.Comment - 3D Calibration
Reply - As noted below:
* The jury is still out with 3D. We are primarily focused on the Sales & Marketing of our current products as a top priority right now.
NOTE: You may want to check the quality of the Audio / Video encodes on your system. We went through great pains to make this product look and sound stellar. Without giving away all of our trade secrets, I can only say that I believe in this product and feel that it is a world class reference for BD and HDTV.
In the end, we would like to think we created something that is reference quality yet very different than anything else on the market.
Originally Posted by sgupta
Wow - it's not often to hear a response direct from the company in a forum. I'm impressed, and thanks for replying!
- Re the glasses versus monacle, I can understand why you didn't want to include glasses because of the extra bulk. However, the image I saw...as well as the bundle with my Avia disk...showed a blue strip about the size of the monacle but without the cardboard (just a large blue filter strip). This of course was prone a bit more to fingerprints, but solves the space problem and allowed viewing with both eyes.
- I don't have any quality problems with the blue filter at all. Quality wise (material/etc.), it's definitely better made than my Avia disc; I just find it slightly less functional. As far as the blue it's made of, I do think it's a slightly different shade than what I have with Avia, so you may very well be right in it being more accurate.
- Understood about the color bar pattern. What I liked about the Avia flashing pattern is, it was immediately apparent from a further distance what effect dialing in settings had; even minor changes were quite noticeable in the flashing boxes (you tried to get the flashing to look equal), and it was relatively easy to get to an "exact" right setting. Now I will say WOW *DOES* get you to just as good a setting, but it takes longer, I have to get closer, and it just seems more difficult to tell the "best" setting once you're in the ballpark (ie. moving up one notch and deciding better or worse, so to speak). In the end, my settings with WOW were very close to my Avia settings (and I kept the WOW setting as I think they're great).
- I did try the one eye method, but felt like it was more difficult to analyze than using both eyes. You're essentially matching levels of blue with the top part of the bar and the smaller bottom block, and once you get in the ballpark, sometimes the change seems almost undetectable, even with both eyes. With one I was finding it even more frustrating. Just my experience, but my next revisit to the disc, I'll certainly try that again.
I want to reiterate I think this is a TERRIFIC set, and these are just meant as constructive criticisms based on comparison with another product. (To answer Wi-Fi Spy, no, I don't have Spears and Munsil - only the older DVD version of Avia - to compare). If I had to choose only one to keep, it would definitely be WOW.
One suggestion I do have - I'd like to see 3D compatible patterns on future versions of the disc. Some (possibly all?) 3DTV's have a special 3D-only mode that calibrates separate from 2D, and the only way to calibrate it is IN 3D mode. This makes it fairly difficult with a disc like this as you have to use a 3D mode and distort the pattern, then calibrate somehow while wearing 3D glasses around the distortion. I was able to do this alright in the Avia disc using top/bottom 3D mode and closing one eye, so hopefully it will be a similar solution with this - I still need to try it.