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HDTV Calibration

Isn't My New TV Already Making A Great Picture?

You just spent your hard-earned money on a new home theater video display (TV). So, why don't DVD or HD movies look as good as the cinema version? Why is the grass blue and why don't sports jerseys look the right color?

Remember how different all those TVs looked at the store, when they were all receiving the same program?

The difference wasn't so much the quality of the various models as it was the non-standard adjustment of each display. Manufacturers adjust their models to look as appealing as possible (brightest) next to competing models on a showroom floor. They usually set the user controls and technician service controls for the highest apparent light output, or for a unique look. Even if every adjustment was set precisely to industry standards at the factory, that would greatly increase the cost of your display. And, its performance would still be less than optimum after it was installed in your home, due to the effects of shipping, initial aging, and the unique lighting effects of your viewing room.

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