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Tip Sheet

When it comes to getting the best performance out of your home theater system, keep the following in mind:

  • Use a dedicated calibration DVD, such as AVIA or Digital Video Essentials, to generate the appropriate test patterns, signals, and calibration tests.

  • Before you calibrate your television's video performance, turn off all automatic picture functions, set the white balance to the neutral setting, and (if available) display the "pro" level configuration menu.

  • Video calibration involves setting the brightness and contrast levels (while watching a black and white picture), setting the color and tint levels; setting the sharpness level, and then configuring the proper grayscale levels.

  • Before you calibrate your system's audio performance, you must configure your A/V receiver or preamplifier for your speaker's size and distance (from the main listening position).

  • Audio calibration involves setting volume levels for each channel (using a test tone) and then adjusting the frequency response for your particular listening room.

  • Professional calibration is done by technicians trained and approved by the Imaging Science Foundation. These technicians typically charge in the $300 range for a basic calibration.

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