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Digital Video Essentials - HD Basics BLUERAY Calibration disk - (REGION FREE) £12.51 @ AxelMusic
Digital Video Essentials - HD Basics BLUERAY Calibration disk - (REGION FREE) £12.51 @ AxelMusic

Digital Video Essentials - HD Basics BLUERAY Calibration disk - (REGION FREE) £12.51 @ AxelMusic

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Cheapest available anywhere, the next cheapest available is £12.70 and upwards but not available for 1 to 4 weeks depending on where you get it from.

Wanted it before xmas for my new Sony W4000, i have a feeling Santa is gonna bring me some BD's and i wanna be ready!!

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If you are like most people, your HDTV is among the most used and least understood devices in your home. Getting the most out of your set will require some adjustments. HD Basics will teach you how to achieve this.

Created by home theater industry legend Joe Kane, HD Basics is the definitive High Definition home theater calibration tool. It promises to help you maximize the capability of your set with the user controls, and give you an understanding of the concepts that are vital to getting the most out of your HDTV.

Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English)
"Quick set-up" option including an in depth description and explanation of how to use specific test patterns to calibrate your display
Audio calibration test signals
A 97 minute overview of the basics of HDTV
Introduction to the world of creating HDTV programs
Audio commentary by Cinematographer Allen Daviau
Audio commentary by Joe Kane for the demonstration materials
Joe Kanes custom Tri-Color reference Filter

for me anyway a complete waste of money.....maybe they will explain to numpties on here the reason for buying decent cables...

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royals;3775955

for me anyway a complete waste of money.....maybe they will explain to … for me anyway a complete waste of money.....maybe they will explain to numpties on here the reason for buying decent cables...



Fantastic value for money at £12 if you've paid £800 for a TV like I have and don't want to pay £200 to have it professionally calibrated!!
Each to their own though! :thumbsup:

thehut.com/hut…uct

Its £12.93 at the hut, they normally have a 10% day most weeks, it would make it cheaper next time they do. Also lovefilm aswell.

royals;3775955

for me anyway a complete waste of money.....maybe they will explain to … for me anyway a complete waste of money.....maybe they will explain to numpties on here the reason for buying decent cables...




charming!!

I think HOT, thought it was loads more than £12.21 :thumbsup:

I got this for a fiver at HMV when they had their HD DVD sale... its ok but a lot of the configuration things cant be done easily - and it doesnt explain much of what to do - didnt help my TV much. A little maybe... ok for a fiver but not much more imho. Sorry.

What does it do? I am the original numpty, miss numpty to you :thumbsup:

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Babbler;3776393

its ok but a lot of the configuration things cant be done easily - and it … its ok but a lot of the configuration things cant be done easily - and it doesnt explain much of what to do



Must be the deep complexity of the disk then........:whistling:

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Broadsword;3776258

http://www.thehut.com/hut/8635448.productIts £12.93 at the hut, they … http://www.thehut.com/hut/8635448.productIts £12.93 at the hut, they normally have a 10% day most weeks, it would make it cheaper next time they do. Also lovefilm aswell.



That's true.
If however you want in in the next 2 to 4 weeks then it's in stock and available for immediate despatch at Axel.
As per original post, it would be on order for up to 4 weeks everywhere else. Well worth the extra 50p for me. :thumbsup:

Just rent it from an online retailer with one of the free offers they do.

It should only need doing once.

©™~UKJEZZA~™©;3776507

That's true.If however you want in in the next 2 to 4 weeks then it's in … That's true.If however you want in in the next 2 to 4 weeks then it's in stock and available for immediate despatch at Axel.As per original post, it would be on order for up to 4 weeks everywhere else. Well worth the extra 50p for me. :thumbsup:



Fair point, I did order from the hut around 2 weeks back when it said 2 - 4 weeks, it came within the week though.

If you have a 32" LCD though its hardly worth the bother with this sort of thing.

My 106" projector screen however really benefits from being set up with something like this.

What does this have that isn't available on the THX tests that are on Disney discs?

TheProf;3777137

What does this have that isn't available on the THX tests that are on … What does this have that isn't available on the THX tests that are on Disney discs?


Tried the THX disks for my LG 42PC1D TV and PS3. The menu box on the TV covers much of the background display you are trying to calibrate to - and the remote kept activating the PS3 - stopping the disk as I changed settings...

...gave up in the end... would love to find out what the ideal settings are for this TV...

royals;3775955

for me anyway a complete waste of money.....maybe they will explain to … for me anyway a complete waste of money.....maybe they will explain to numpties on here the reason for buying decent cables...



cables have nothing to do with it, its how you calibrate your screen.

What does this have ??

Numerous different calibration screens, some showing the pixel depth and whether your TV is showing as much of the picture as expected. Some are used to set the brightness level - DVD's and BD's can set the brightness from -20% black to +120% white, so calibrating on a film wont work properly.

It comes with a number of filters, to set the correct colour balance. Each of the calibration tests comes with a 10-15 minute commentary on how to use it.

Took about an hour for me to go through this and the difference is astonishing (40" Samsung) - watched Close Encounters and there are parts of the film at night where you now see an awful lot more detail.

As has been said, if you have a new LCD TV, which you invariably spent £500+ on and also a BD player, which you'll also have spent £150+ on, spending 1-2% of that making sure you get the best picture possible would seem to be obvious.

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Broadsword;3776758

Fair point, I did order from the hut around 2 weeks back when it said 2 - … Fair point, I did order from the hut around 2 weeks back when it said 2 - 4 weeks, it came within the week though.If you have a 32" LCD though its hardly worth the bother with this sort of thing. My 106" projector screen however really benefits from being set up with something like this.



A week's not bad at all, nice one!
I've got a 40" Sony W4000, hoping to see a fair improvement on the picture as it stands.
I've tried numerous settings but can't settle on any that i'm happy with.
It's either too dark, to bright or too warm etc etc :roll:

I do so love being ignored on this site

The best way to "calibrate" your TV is to adjust the picture until you like it. :whistling: And it's free to do it this way. :thumbsup:

Original Poster

Jefft;3819735

The best way to "calibrate" your TV is to adjust the picture until you … The best way to "calibrate" your TV is to adjust the picture until you like it. :whistling: And it's free to do it this way. :thumbsup:



Great idea!
Perhaps we should all wait till movies come on tv and not buy dvds too??!! :thumbsup: :whistling:

©™~UKJEZZA~™©;3828902

Great idea!Perhaps we should all wait till movies come on tv and not buy … Great idea!Perhaps we should all wait till movies come on tv and not buy dvds too??!! :thumbsup: :whistling:


I am not quite sure what you are trying to say here?
What I meant was, if you are not intelligent enough to be able to adjust a TV picture to suit yourself :? then perhaps this may be useful.

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Jefft;3831488

I am not quite sure what you are trying to say here?What I meant was, if … I am not quite sure what you are trying to say here?What I meant was, if you are not intelligent enough to be able to adjust a TV picture to suit yourself :? then perhaps this may be useful.



Ah ok, I thought you were saying people should adjust the brightness, contrast, sharpness, colour on a HDTV themselves to save the £12.51 outlay for this disk.
What you're actually saying is that this disk is for those that lack intelligence?

Well i'm definitely not intelligent enough to adjust the picture settings properly on my expensive HDTV by eye alone. I'm more than happy to pay the £12.51 for the expert help of people who do this for a living.

Merry Xmas! :thumbsup:
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