Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark 2nd Edition home theater calibration disc is a Blu-ray and DVD combo that will optimize your TV’s settings so you can enjoy your television to the fullest. When you buy a TV from the store, the settings are usually optimized to stand out in the showroom. The store’s lighting and ambiance will most likely be very different from the room in which you plan on having your TV. Many big name retailers offer a home theater calibration service, but calibrating your HDTV can be a simple do-it-yourself project, and it’s a cheaper option than paying a professional to come out and do it for you. The Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark disc supplies simple test patterns and extensive instructions on how to calibrate your TV to maximize the video quality. This is why it was awarded my approval.
What does the Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark home theater calibration disc do when you pop it in? You start right away on a menu screen that pulls up the variety of calibration options available to you ??? from basic video settings and audio calibration to advanced video settings. Calibration with this home theater disc is fairly easy. The instructions take you step by step through the process without being too confusing.
One of the unique features on this Blu-ray Disc is the 3D test and evaluation pattern. Not many home theater calibrators offer help for calibrating settings. The 2nd Edition HD Benchmarks disc can be played in your 3D player to optimize settings for 3D content, increasing the video quality and your overall enjoyment of 3D content on your TV.
Home theater calibration may be a new concept to some people. Not everyone who buys this calibration Blu-ray may have prior home theater calibration knowledge or experience. Luckily, if you’re new to setting up a home theater, you’ll appreciate the extensive and informative instructions that are included with these discs. This calibration disc comes with a 25-page instruction booklet to give you a quick crash course on the basics of home video calibration. The booklet is educational and helpful in the calibration process. An online downloadable manual from the Spears & Munsil website can also be used in collaboration with the discs to optimize the settings of your TV.
In addition to the physical manual that is full of information, Spears & Munsil HD Benchmarks 2nd Edition comes with on-screen help. As described in the manual, by pushing up or down on your player’s remote, you will bring up on-screen tutorials to guide you through the settings changes. The disc even offers a visual sample of what your calibrated picture should look like as well, as what it looks like if your settings are incorrect.
A test pattern is a screen or a picture sent from your player to the TV. These test patterns are then adjusted when you change the settings on your television screen. The best home theater calibration discs come with a good number of test patterns to test everything from your TV’s contrast to its sharpness. The HD Benchmarks calibration disc comes with a wide variety of test patterns, offering more than most of the home theater calibration discs on the market. HD Benchmarks can test and help you adjust your TV’s color, tint, brightness, sharpness, color temperature and color space ??? more than enough basic test patterns for a video calibration. Couple that variety with the advanced video calibrations and audio calibration settings, and this calibration disc is one of the best on the market.
Even with all the included instructions with this calibration disc, you still may find yourself with some questions. The Spears & Munsil website has tools that can help you find answers you are looking for. It offers a FAQs section for the 1st and 2nd editions of HD Benchmarks. You can also print out instructions reading material to supplement the included instructions. If that isn’t enough and you need further help, you can contact the manufacturer through a contact form on the website.
Many big-box retailers offer to come out and calibrate your TV for you. However, a calibration disc like Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark 2nd Edition can save you money and give you the expertise to calibrate your own TV. This disc makes the process easy to understand, and if you ever need your TV recalibrated (for example, if you move), you will not need to call another professional out.
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