TV Answer Man
to Calibrate Your HDTV For $20
Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2013) -
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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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