Originally Posted by rAInMo9
Hey I just got a Sony XBR4, and I was wondering which calibration disc would be better for me? I am not a total noob at TVs/speakers, but this is my first calibration. Recent reviews for Avia 2 suggest that it is actually worse than Avia, so do you guys think I should get Avia or Avia 2?
How do you plan to calibrate? If you are willing to put the time/effort in to learn how to do basic measurements calibration then I would recommend that you download and learn how to use the free HCFR program along with the free AVS HD DVD or AVCHD (for Blu-Ray) ISO image that you can use to make your own "calibration" disc. you will of course need to buy a meter to do this, they can be had for as little as $50 or as much as $1000 but you can buy a pretty good one for <$150.
If you are looking for an SD-DVD calibration disc then "Get Gray" is another inexpensive option where you buy the material online, download the ISO image and burn your own DVD (or extra backup copies, etc).
If you aren't interested at all in doing a real calibration and are looking for a "basic" setup disc then you can get Avia or Digital Video Essentials. Having used both I much prefer Avia over DVE. DVE has one of the most confusing and annoying menu systems of any calibration disc I've ever used. I don't have any experience with Avia II but the original Avia has a lot of useful test programs, etc, for calibrating a display for SD-DVD.
It really is worth the time/money to buy a basic colorometer like the Display LT from One-Eye, and download and learn how to use the ColorHFCR software (which is free) along with the free AVS HD DVD or AVCHD disc to generate your test patterns. This type of calibration, even with the cheapest meter on the market will be vastly better than what is possible calibrating with gel panels and your eyeballs.