Deal: Digital Video Essentials on Blu-ray - $16.99
It's not enough to plug it in, you need to optimize. Thankfully, it's never been easier.
March 25, 2008 by Gordon Jones

It always astounds me how many HDTV owners are content with the out-of-the-box settings. It’s no secret that factory defaults are notoriously weak - their only goal being not to offend. Hardly the wow factor you were going for. I understand some people don’t like to mess with dials - me, I’ll tweak the toaster oven if the wife looks away long enough. But optimizing your set doesn’t have to be a complicated process, and today’s deal is a great example.

Authored by home theater industry legend Joe Kane, “Digital Video Essentials-HD Basics” has everything you’ll need to fine tune your display, whether it’s a 32” Olivia or 108” AQUOS. Each chapter walks you through the various terms we geeks love to to toss around, and gives in-depth explanations of how to use each grid, gradient, and test pattern.

The disc itself uses a simple menu to jump through the various calibration steps and includes a “quick set-up” option for the truly lazy. You also get tools to balance your audio components and Joe’s custom Tri-Color reference filter. You’ll even get some content, including a 97 minute HDTV overview, clips on how hi-def shows are made and a couple of commentaries from industry big shots.

For $17, consider this deal short change for getting the most from your $1000+ TV purchase.

Sale price: $16.99 (free shipping)

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