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Poll Results: Which Setup Disc(s) Do You Use?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 10% (50)
    Avia Guide to Home Theater (DVD)
  • 22% (112)
    AVS HD 709 (HD download)
  • 41% (203)
    Disney WOW (Blu-ray)
  • 3% (15)
    Disney WOW (DVD)
  • 6% (31)
    JKP Digital Video Essentials (DVD)
  • 20% (99)
    JKP Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics (Blu-ray)
  • 1% (6)
    Monster/ISF HDTV Calibration Wizard (DVD)
  • 23% (118)
    Spears & Munsil High-Definition Benchmark (Blu-ray)
  • 2% (12)
    Sound & Vision Home Theater Tune-Up (DVD)
  • 11% (56)
    THX Optimizer (on THX-certified Blu-rays and DVDs)
  • 5% (25)
    Other
  • 8% (40)
    None
495 Total Votes  
post #31 of 79
I like the WOW BD, easy to use, I don't find calibrating fun... I'll have to check out the AVS HD, didn't know that was available.
post #32 of 79
Voted - I use

AVS HD 709
Disney Wow
Spears & Munsil

All are good - Disney probably easiest to use. AVS HD 709 does it all and is free - but I also like Spears and Munsil.......

AVS HD is good because it can be downloaded and used with players (eg Roku) which can play from USB Flash Drives
post #33 of 79
I'm looking for a calibration disc which has accurate frequency sweeps for audio. I presently have the old Avia disc but I'm not sure of the accuracy of these sweeps. The new Spears and Munsil looks interesting but I can't find much info on the audio test of this disc?
post #34 of 79
I've only used recommended settings found elsewhere in AVS and they've been great, thx everybody! Having said that, I'm interested in calibrating 3D, so I guess I'll wait till the S&M-2 is available at a good price down the road...
post #35 of 79
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by comfynumb View Post

I noticed for the WOW disc there is a DVD and blu ray version. I guess it makes sense to get the blu ray?


Yes, if you have a Blu-ray player and HDTV. The color gamut of HD is slightly different than it is for SD, so use the Blu-ray version for an HDTV.

post #36 of 79
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by comfynumb View Post

I've never used one, are they fairly easy to follow?


Some are easier to follow than others. In my opinion, Disney WOW is the easiest for beginners.

post #37 of 79
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PlayNice View Post

I use the AVD HD 709 and Spears & Munsil ver 1.1 I am looking forward to the release of Sprear & Munsil ver 2 (Audio and 3D set make it a must buy to me)


FYI, Stacey Spears and Don Munsil will be the guests on my podcast on May 13, 2-3 PM Pacific time to talk about the new disc. Watch live at http://live.twit.tv, join the chat room at http://irc.twit.tv to post questions during the show.

post #38 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scott Wilkinson View Post


Some are easier to follow than others. In my opinion, Disney WOW is the easiest for beginners.

+1 for Disney Wow for ease of use, very informative and well made also
post #39 of 79

WoW single blu ray disc. Found an $18 on Amazon its showing it as a newer model single disc
I dont know what the difference is between the single and 2 disk though?
http://www.amazon.com/Wow-World-Wonder-Blu-ray/dp/B00462PTDQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1367264531&sr=1-1&keywords=disney+wow


I am new to projectors and more so I am curious about trying out the AVS, WoW and S&M discs.
post #40 of 79
I bought the WOW Blu-ray and I was happy with the results. Then, I found settings on the Panny Plasma thread and tried those. Liked those better.
post #41 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by romero1330 View Post

WoW single blu ray disc. Found an $18 on Amazon its showing it as a newer model single disc
I dont know what the difference is between the single and 2 disk though?
http://www.amazon.com/Wow-World-Wonder-Blu-ray/dp/B00462PTDQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1367264531&sr=1-1&keywords=disney+wow


I am new to projectors and more so I am curious about trying out the AVS, WoW and S&M discs.

There is no difference between the 2010 and 2012 single version. The 2012 was just a rerelease. The 2 disk version includes a second disk called Visions which has still nature pictures to show the quality of your calibration.
post #42 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scott Wilkinson View Post


Some are easier to follow than others. In my opinion, Disney WOW is the easiest for beginners.



Great and have you used it and if so does it do a good job? Thanks.
post #43 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by comfynumb View Post

Great and have you used it and if so does it do a good job? Thanks.

I've used it, I like it, it's easy to use, does what its supposed to. Its the not same as having calibration equipment, but for a disc, it works.
post #44 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blu_One View Post

I've used it, I like it, it's easy to use, does what its supposed to. Its the not same as having calibration equipment, but for a disc, it works.



Sounds good, thanks.
post #45 of 79
I love the Disney Wow disk. Great reference a/v pieces to show off your system too!
post #46 of 79
Like the WOW disc myself.
post #47 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scott Wilkinson View Post


Some are easier to follow than others. In my opinion, Disney WOW is the easiest for beginners.

I liked the advanced option which explains the contrast and brightness.
post #48 of 79
I use DVE mainly for greyscale patterns (0-100% white patterns). Not sure why these aren't included on WoW or I'd probably exclusively use that.
post #49 of 79
I bought the Disney WOW disc. I really liked the explanations in the advanced section. Very easy to understand. My projector's (Optoma HD3300) reference setting was pretty bang on relative to the WOW calibration.
post #50 of 79
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CheYC View Post

I use DVE mainly for greyscale patterns (0-100% white patterns). Not sure why these aren't included on WoW or I'd probably exclusively use that.


Those white windows are not included on WOW or most other setup discs because they are useful only for a full calibration, which requires expensive equipment and training to do properly. Most setup discs are intended only for setting the basic picture controls, which can be done without calibration equipment and training.

post #51 of 79
AVS HD 709 test disc all the way.
post #52 of 79
Just received Spears and Munsil 2nd Edition. Let me tell you guys it officially ROCKS!
post #53 of 79
I have been using the DVE disc's(The SD/HD/BLURAY versions), as well as three movie disc's that I feel were not only mastered and transferred beautifully but also have some of the best video and audio structure (The Avengers on Bluray, White Noise on HD & Hot Fuzz on HD).

Onkyo TX-DS989 Ultra THX
Toshiba HD-XA2
Sony BDP-S550
Parasound HCA-1000 THX
Monster HTS 5100
Samsung LN52A550P3FXZA
Aerial CC-3
Aerial LR-5 (L/R)
(2) Eminence Omega 12" Custom Sub Cabinets (Passive)
Custom Surround Speakers (Vifa Tweeters & Mid/Woofs)
Xbox 360 HDMI for Video & Optic for Dolby Digital
Turtle Beach X41
489 DVD'S
274 HD DVD'S
96 BLU-RAY DVD'S

I have been building this system piece by piece for 14 years and by the looks of it, I will never be able to stop building because HT & AV are my drug and I am an addict!
Edited by BaneRulesArkham - 5/1/13 at 9:11pm
post #54 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by PlayNice View Post

Just received Spears and Munsil 2nd Edition. Let me tell you guys it officially ROCKS!

Good to know
post #55 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by BaneRulesArkham View Post

I have been using the DVE disc's(The SD/HD/BLURAY versions), as well as three movie disc's that I feel were not only mastered and transferred beautifully but also have some of the best video and audio structure (The Avengers on Bluray, White Noise on HD & Hot Fuzz on HD).

Onkyo TX-DS989 Ultra THX
Toshiba HD-XA2
Sony BDP-S550
Parasound HCA-1000 THX
Monster HTS 5100
Samsung LN52A550P3FXZA
Aerial CC-3
Aerial LR-5 (L/R)
(2) Eminence Omega 12" Custom Sub Cabinets (Passive)
Custom Surround Speakers (Vifa Tweeters & Mid/Woofs)
Xbox 360 HDMI for Video & Optic for Dolby Digital
Turtle Beach X41
489 DVD'S
274 HD DVD'S
96 BLU-RAY DVD'S

I have been building this system piece by piece for 14 years and by the looks of it, I will never be able to stop building because HT & AV are my drug and I am an addict!

Nice setup !

Same here.. only been 7 years so far, but went through a lot of equipment (on my 4th tv now for example, 2 AVRs, 3 SVS..)

It's fun and I really enjoy it, but man it's an expensive hobby to have !
post #56 of 79
I've got a couple of these. Forget exactly which ones. But I never could get good results using these discs, so I just hire a professional calibrator instead. This comes in really handy especially if the calibrator can calibrate the 3D modes.
post #57 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by CatBrat View Post

I've got a couple of these. Forget exactly which ones. But I never could get good results using these discs, so I just hire a professional calibrator instead. This comes in really handy especially if the calibrator can calibrate the 3D modes.

Good point. Calibrating 3D.. I'm lost now eek.gif
post #58 of 79
I have Disney WOW. It is nice and my tv was already close to what I had it on except I have to go up some more on the contrast. Waste of money in my case.
post #59 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by asere View Post

I have Disney WOW. It is nice and my tv was already close to what I had it on except I have to go up some more on the contrast. Waste of money in my case.

There are other features on the Wow BD, such as the well reviewed pixel flipper as an example. Surely, $20 for all that's on there can't be a waste of money tongue.gif
post #60 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by asere View Post

I have Disney WOW. It is nice and my tv was already close to what I had it on except I have to go up some more on the contrast. Waste of money in my case.
Sell it. I'll buy it!!
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