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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
What do you guys think of the Avia or Video Essentials discs?

Are they more for projection tv's or will they noticeably help with my direct view Princeton Graphics AR3.2T?

I haven't had a chance to compare my HTPC setup with anything so I don't know if I have really reached perfection (or at least near perfection).

I am glad that these discs also have audio calibration chapters.

There is a new version called Digital Video Essentials supposedly coming out but they seem to be having production problems. Would this be worth waiting for? (It has High-Def, DTS, and PCM calibration tips) The website doesn't say when this will come out.

Thanks,
slobbie
post #2 of 8
They will help any display you might think of.


Seriously,

It is VERY hard to judge the "proper" setting for color, tint, contrast ("white level"), and brightness ("black level").

You will see more detail in dark scenes, crisper whites, and a much better color ballance after running a calibration with either of the discs.

Joe
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for replying, DrJoe.

I did some more reading on this and found that Sound and Vision Home Theater Tune-Up ($12.99 at Fry's) may be just as good.

slobbie
post #4 of 8
Slobbie: I first used the Avia DVD that I own on my Toshiba 27". It helped a lot. That being said, I have found that the best settings are determined by very experienced users. Find someone who has the same set you do and inquire as to their movie settings. Take a look with their setttings and you will probably be pretty satisfied.
post #5 of 8
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I guess I could find out how other people have their monitor set up, but I am more of a DIY-guy. I would like to compare my settings to others when finished. Also, I am interested in how much improvement I can get out of my sound system. If this disc cost alot more money then that would be a different story:p

Price for that Sound and Vision disc is more like $17.99

Thanks,
slobbie
post #6 of 8
I do not want to date myself, but I have used VE since it was launched on DVD. Prior to the DVD version, there was a Laser Disc version, called "A Video Standard" that I started out with. Hence, I am more comfortable with the VE disc. However, many consider both AVIA and VE juseful for setup, me included. Although, you can setup by eye, IMHO a setup disc is extremely important to maximize the performance of your display device. Regards.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
There is a review of the Avia and Video Essentials discs in this article

I found this information in the HTPC FAQ thread. I really should look at that information goldmine more often.

I still want to try the newer Sound and Vision set-up disc, first.

slobbie
post #8 of 8
Even though the AVIA disk costs more it comes with the 3 color filters you'll need to calibrate the color on your TV. Considering that color filters from a camera/video store aren't cheap (at least $10-15 each, at least) this is a deal, I got my AVIA disk for $40 from Tower Records down the street. I haven't done the sound tests yet, but I'd say thats less important (In that your video is probably more off (and harder to fix w/o help) then your audio).
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