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How to Calibrate Your HDTV For $20
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I never think my HD picture looks quite right. Maybe I'm crazy, but it's always just a little off. Is there anything I can do short of hiring some tech guy for a bunch of money to come to my house and tune the set? -- Melinda, Philadelphia.

Melinda, your set's picture may be okay, but as the old saying goes, it's in the eye of the beholder. If you're not happy with your high-def picture, do something about it. You can't put a price tag on peace of mind.

But you can put a price tag on an expensive TV calibration expert. While a professional calibration expert can do a great job of tuning your set, it can be expensive.

So what can someone on a budget, like yourself, do to ensure that your high-def picture is ship-shape?

Many HDTV owners use a calibration disc, which can cost less than $20. (For example: check out
Disney's Wow: World of Wonder.) The disc offers on-screen guidance to determining if your picture has the right color, contrast, brightness etc.

How does it work? The disc displays several scenes where the picture may be too dark, too bright or too something. Then, based on how the scene looks on your screen, the disc offers suggestions on how to improve the picture. For example, if a person's sweater looks so dark in a certain scene that you can't see its texture, the disc may instruct you to increase the contrast or brightness level.

Calibration discs are easy to follow and can give you that peace of mind that your HD picture is the best it can be.

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