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#224402 - 10/07/08 11:34 PM Re: Avia II Blu-ray DVD [Re: HomeDad]
lucv13 Offline
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Registered: 05/07/08
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Loc: London ON Canada
Hey guys almost forgot about this site

http://www.tweaktv.com/tweak-my-tv/calibration-guide/samsung-hl-s6189.html

You can see if your tv is listed and they provide some optimum settings - now seeing as all tv's somewhat different you may still need to make some adjustments - I use this as a starting point when calibrating my set which is the one in the linky

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#224413 - 10/08/08 12:02 AM Re: Avia II Blu-ray DVD [Re: HomeDad]
jlcolle Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
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Loc: Ottawa, Canada
Hi HomeDad...Yes my receiver has a auto setup mode, but JC (Axiom's specialist) told me not to use it. I am very new to this type of stuff and that was the reason why I picked this receiver as it had this option. Here is the link to my receiver: http://www.pioneerelectronics.ca/POCEN/P...s/ci.SC-07.Kuro
I do know that my picture quality on the TV needs to be adjusted as it's not right with the colour features on faces etc. Not bad, but noticeable to the girlfriend and I. Tweaking it will definitely help, but don't understand a lot of the technical language on these new LCD HDTV settings. Call Sharp electronics up and got a person which didn't know much about it either. I think they can only answer little questions or problems as didn't know much more then I did. I was looking into calibration DVD's for this, but from the reviews I have read mostly these DVD's don't include the technical terms which the new type of LCD or Plasma's have out. As a newbie to this stuff I just want something to help me out that is easy to navigate and understand. Not much to ask I think. I currently don't have anything setup with the receiver as it's still in the box and awaiting on the speaker system which I should get in the next couple of days. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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#224417 - 10/08/08 01:06 AM Re: Avia II Blu-ray DVD [Re: jlcolle]
HomeDad Offline
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John, I'm not sure why JC would tell you not to use the auto setup, unless there is a problem that Axiom has found with the Pioneer receivers and the auto setup mode. What many folks do, myself included is run the auto setup and then perform additional tweeks on the receiver if the sound is not to your exact liking. With my Denon I used the auto setup, then ran some sound checks with an SPL meter and found the Denon did exactly what it was supposed to do and everything sounded great, so I left it alone.

With the new LCD's and Plasma's even with the Avia DVD's they are still hard to get everything dialed in. I finally did what Lucv13 suggested and found online what the professional calibration numbers were for my set and went from there. I would suggest you try his link, put your model# in and try what they suggest, you may end up liking the picture, and not have to go to the trouble of using a calibration DVD.
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#224435 - 10/08/08 10:36 AM Re: Avia II Blu-ray DVD [Re: HomeDad]
jlcolle Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
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Loc: Ottawa, Canada
I told JC that I was going to invest in a SPL meter...this was JC's e-mail to me:
Hi John,
It is JC again.
You are better off doing a manual set-up; avoid auto-EQ set-up at all costs.

The Digital Video Essentials which is also available in a Blu-ray version is really good to help you calibrate your display and it also has an audio section as well. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url...tials&x=10&y=10

If you buy a sound pressure level meter, you will be able to perfectly dial in your system. It is not complicated. It is part of the fun of owning a surround system. http://www.radioshack.com/search/index.j...el%20meter&sr=1

I will try what Lucv13 said and give it a try. Tks for all the help. Trying to cover all my bases as much as possible. Tks a bunch for all the insight. So greatly appreciated.
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#224456 - 10/08/08 01:51 PM Re: Avia II Blu-ray DVD [Re: jlcolle]
myrison Offline
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Registered: 02/03/08
Posts: 1898
Loc: Austin, TX
Interesting... I wonder if that's a Pioneer-specific response or their general advice. I used my auto-setup too (Denon 3808), though JC is right, it's not that hard to do it manually either once you have an SPL meter. You'll also need to measure speaker distances separately and input those into your receiver (assuming it has that functionality), but again, that is not hard.

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#224457 - 10/08/08 01:53 PM Re: Avia II Blu-ray DVD [Re: myrison]
jakewash Offline
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Registered: 12/26/03
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Loc: Calgary, Alberta
I wonder if Axiom is responding this was due to the couple of issues people have had with the A1400 and Auto setups.
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#224467 - 10/08/08 02:34 PM Re: Avia II Blu-ray DVD [Re: jakewash]
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I think there's just a general mistrust of auto setup at Axiom. I know that Alan doesn't like it at all.
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#224487 - 10/08/08 04:49 PM Re: Avia II Blu-ray DVD [Re: Ken.C]
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I think Alan mostly doesn't like the auto-EQing. The auto distance and level matching are pretty accurate these days.
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#224522 - 10/08/08 09:31 PM Re: Avia II Blu-ray DVD [Re: pmbuko]
jlcolle Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 23
Loc: Ottawa, Canada
I got my Epic60-500 in today...HOA!! and WOW it's spectacular. The EP500 is a lot bigger then I thought, by twice the size. Going to very slowly put things together. The 52" LCD HDTV goes on the wall tomorrow night to start from the stand it's on. My only issue so far is all the boxes were heavily damaged in shipping, but Axiom packaging saved the day. One box was even fully opened in the middle. I was very very disappointed to see this with the cost of this type of equipment so call Axiom and they have no problem in sending more if I have any issues with anything. Very good customer service. I will probably have questions on setup/hookup as this is my first system like this ever. Again tks to all who have helped me out so far. Greatly appreciated.

PS: Thinking about buying a Extech 407732 Type2 SPL meter. Anyone have any thoughts on SPL meters out there?
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#224525 - 10/08/08 10:08 PM Re: Avia II Blu-ray DVD [Re: jlcolle]
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Registered: 12/26/03
Posts: 10389
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
I have that SPL meter and it works very well, I haven't checked it against the Radio Shack SPL meter I have, as the Radio Shack meter has compensation files available for it for better accuracy. I know this might be confusing you so don't worry about the differences, the Extech works and that is all that matters right now.\:\)

If you do want the Radio Shack meter for these compensated numbers, I linked to one awhile ago that is available from sonicboomaudio.com for those of us in Canada as the radioshack meter isn't available anywhere else up here.
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