Originally Posted by ThomasV555
Could you elaborate? I keep asking this, b/c I have never used DVE, but have always been quite satisfied w/my copy of Avia. TIA.
My biggest problem is I should have bought the original Avia. They had a contrast test that sounded perfect for me from a website (which described a test in which you can raise contrast until a white bar disappears, etc). I thought for sure the same test would be included in the Avia II but is not. It's basically the same contrast test as in the DVE. Needless to say, that was HUGELY disappointing.
I like the newer color bar test more on the DVE (a little easier to tell the exact point where blue matches), although the red-push test pattern on the Avia is interesting.
Brightness test is the same as the DVE except the black bars move from side to side.
I do like the sharpness test more on the Avia, which reinforces the fact I should keep it at it's lowest setting.
You can pause the test patterns during the basic calibration scenes of the disc, but you CANNOT pause for their extra test patterns. So I had to keep selecting the same test a couple of times to try certain adjustments. Really annoying. This is not a problem with the DVE.
One great thing about the DVE is all the color filters are attached to a single card. On the Avia, they are separate strips. Okay, so that's not a big deal, but I can see losing one of those strips if not careful (although I'm usually pretty careful).
I'm being a little unfair to the Avia II because I was expecting something slightly different from the DVE. I was especially hoping for better help with contrast (I need it, the top white box doesn't really bloom...the black line doesn't bend, etc). Perhaps what I'm looking for is from the original Avia DVD.