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HDTV Unveiled: Q&A With A Video Wizard

The Wizard Revisited

Back in January, Tom’s Guide spoke with Joel Silver, co-founder and president of the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), to learn about TV calibration. A lot of people blow off calibration, thinking what they see on their TVs is good enough. But if you could spend a couple of minutes to make it even better, why wouldn’t you? The benefits of calibration can also save you money. When I bought my 50" plasma a few years back, not understanding calibration and how it should be implemented cost me about $2,000. I bought what was supposedly the best set on the market, but if I’d seen the second- or third-best unit properly calibrated in a showroom, I could have saved a ton of greenbacks.

In a world where media-viewing technology sometimes seems determined to seek the lowest common denominator, the ISF is the consumer’s advocate for quality. Calibration is only a tiny part of the valuable story Joel Silver has to tell, though. If you value video quality and want a better viewing experience, even from equipment you already own, read on.

         

  • jwl3
    Great article. Finally, a calibration article that speaks to the common display user using common English.
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  • DarkMantle
    Damn man, another great article from you. You are one of the best writer on Tom's. Very informative long articles everytime, but never boring.
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  • Flying Sq
    Amazing article, this was perfect timing as I am buying a plasma in a few days.
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  • michaelahess
    Just had to mention Noel Lee. I have now lost all faith, respect, and trust in this entire article as well as the ISF.

    Otherwise, great article!
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  • zodiacfml
    now that explains the brightness of my 19" LCD over the replaced 19" CRT, even at sRGB setting.
    just recently, i played with that calibration program in Windows7. it was good enough and allowed me to reduce the red level slightly on my sRGB mode LCD.

    anyways, what a good article including the interviewed expert! i learned essentials and reminded of the basics in a short time.
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  • dennisburke
    Too bad the article did not include Samsung's recently introduced OLED TV's. Is an OLED TV a better option than a plasma?
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  • very good article...
    theres a bit about OLED if you read carefully
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  • ironic77
    Yes, and Samsung is still working on their first production samples.

    What I don't get about this article is the comments about Media Center. I know several people with 4-6 tuners (I only need 3 tuners myself), including OCUR and HD, and now with support for MP4 and Netflix, Media Center is better than ever.
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  • michaelahess
    Negatives for mentioning Noel Lee? Do you people not know about him? Biggest thief in the industry. Educate before discriminate.
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  • neodude007
    michaelahessNegatives for mentioning Noel Lee? Do you people not know about him? Biggest thief in the industry. Educate before discriminate.The way in which he was mentioned had nothing to do with his products besides his name being associated with them... Why don't you tell us your issue with him if you are so loving of education? Hmmmm? He was just mentioned, that is all... get a life
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