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Old 12-24-05, 08:56 AM
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? dvd(s) to calibrate your plasma tv

Are there any other dvd's to calibrate your 16 x 9 plasma tv besides the 'Avia' disc and the 'digital video essentials' discs? I have read really bad reviews for the video essentials, and the Avia seems way over priced for the info I am looking for. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
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I'm not sure why you have seen bad reviews for DVE, because I think it is a fine disc for its purpose. I use it nearly exclusively over Avia these days. That said, Avia is much more of a "beginner" disc with its human narrator. Avia is somewhat expensive (but perfectly reasonable at $35+), but easily worth the price if you need detailed help and handholding while calibrating your set. But if you want the test patterns alone for a cheap price, DVE is great.

I don't know of any other calibration discs, save the (nearly) worthless THX optimizers on (most?) discs with THX.
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Originally Posted by smurr5
Are there any other dvd's to calibrate your 16 x 9 plasma tv besides the 'Avia' disc and the 'digital video essentials' discs? I have read really bad reviews for the video essentials, and the Avia seems way over priced for the info I am looking for. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
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I caved and bought DVE after I realized I wasn't getting the best picture possible on my recently bought 42" plasma and I didn't want to drop $30+ on Avia. While DVE IS confusing to navigate, the test patterns made it worth the $17 I spent on the disk. I'm a COMPLETE novice when it comes to calibrating and such and the DVE helped immensely.

FWIW, you can probably pick up a legit used copy of DVE on eBay for a few dollars before shipping.
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You can get S&V Tune Up discs at Best Buy.
Also go to http://www.soundandvisionmag.com, and it will link you to a site to buy it............
Good luck!
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Rent it!
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There are some other discs, but I wouldn't get them. DVE and Avia are basically it. S&V mentioned above is by the Avia people, sorta Avia-Lite. Works great.
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Thanks for the help and advice-
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