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Datacolor SpyderTV Calibration System Reporting

by September 28, 2005
Datacolor SpyderTV

Datacolor SpyderTV

  • Product Name: SpyderTV Calibration System
  • Manufacturer: Datacolor
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: September 28, 2005 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 269


  • Simple to use
  • Only self-guided consumer luminance/color calibration solution on the market at this price point
  • Automated calibration process
  • Includes handy storage bag


  • Tends to favor reds
  • Software not as intelligent as it could be regarding testing procedure
  • No front projection calibration possible
  • Cannot store TV settings


Datacolor, until July of 2004, dealt primarily with professional computer display calibration tools and software. Last year, however, they acquired Milori, Inc, a company specializing in the calibration of consumer electronics and maker of the famous ColorFacts Pro software used here at Audioholics. It was seemingly a marriage made in heaven and SpyderTV is the first consumer-targeted television calibration tool to hit the market that we are aware of. Considering the average price of an HDTV set falls between $1500 and $2500, I think the price is on-target for consumers looking to get improved performance (and life) out of their displays.
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Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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