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#135799 - 04/17/06 12:56 PM Re: calibration disk
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Registered: 04/30/05
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I would second Paul's suggestion of sending it back. I strongly suspect that your situation is not really all that unique.
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#135800 - 04/17/06 02:33 PM Re: calibration disk
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I can recommend both Sound & Vision's (http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article.asp?section_id=1&article_id=200&page_number=1) and DVE (http://www.videoessentials.com/DVD_NTSC.php) are both very good. DVE more technical and more calibration options.

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#135801 - 04/17/06 03:54 PM Re: calibration disk
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#135802 - 04/17/06 04:59 PM Re: calibration disk
ChicagoTC Offline
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Registered: 02/20/06
Posts: 87
Loc: Chicago, IL
Is sound and vision that same disk as Avia? I believe they are both made by ovation.
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#135803 - 04/17/06 06:33 PM Re: calibration disk
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Registered: 12/30/03
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Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
Sound & Vision has been described as a simplified version of Avia.

Sound & Vision Home Theater Tune-Up

The Sound & Vision disc is made by Ovation, the people who brought us Avia. Targeted at the HT beginner, S&V was designed to be sold to the budget-conscious dabbler looking to run basic system tests without investing in a full $40-50 disc. Very simple, many of the tests of Avia are removed, easy navigation, simple instructions- but lacking in more advanced tests and calibration tools.

It's important to note that S&V came out well after Avia, and has newer tests Avia does not offer such as 6.1 related tests.

It is cheaper, it is less in depth, and it is easy to navigate. It does have some basic information about HT methodology, like Avia it is well written and easy to understand!

S&V PROS: S&V is cheaper and easier to navigate. Some higher-end and redundant tests of Avia have been removed in favor of simplified navigation and basic tests targeted at the average user. It really is the opposite of DVE in terms of scope and audience- and as a result ends up with a much more "average user" feel than DVE offers.

It's made by the same people who did Avia, so it is well laid out and well explained-- and the tests are accurate.

S&V CONS: Like most things, when you add user friendliness, you sacrifice power. S&V is very simple, has only the basic video and audio tests and only limited HT discussion and information. It really should be seen as Avia-Lite (slightly updated due to more recent release of course).



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#135804 - 04/18/06 11:01 AM Re: calibration disk
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Registered: 02/20/06
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Loc: Chicago, IL
Thank you, so since I already have Avia and only running 5.1 it doesn't make any sense to look at this. Maybe I'm missing something but does Avia have a "dedicate" sub test tone? All I've found is the one that switches between each speaker and the sub.
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#135805 - 04/18/06 11:52 AM Re: calibration disk
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Registered: 12/30/03
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Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
I don't really know. I use Digital Video Essentials (DVE) which has it's own sub signal problems. I end up using the test tone outa my receiver to adjust my sub.
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#135806 - 04/18/06 01:06 PM Re: calibration disk
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Registered: 07/23/05
Posts: 200
Loc: napa, california
i think the 600 is the most difficult one to calibrate.......i have tried numerous times with auto calibration (since i am not too familiar with the spl meter) and have failed each time.......

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