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Recent Home Theater Calibration Articles

AV Tip: Use a Tripod with your Microphone for A/V Calibrations

AV Tip: Use a Tripod with your Microphone for A/V Calibrations

Whether you're calibrating your surround sound system or taking a photograph, a tripod can make a big difference in the results you get. The tripod will lift the microphone to your ear level and reduce the potential for interference and noise that would be present if you physically held the microphone in place. A good quality tripod can be inexpensive and are they readily available at a variety of retailers.

Use a tripod to hold your microphone level and steady during system calibrations to achieve the most accurate and consistent results.

— December 05, 2012 11:20 in Home Theater Calibration

HAA TurboCal Training Course Overview

HAA TurboCal Training Course Overview

If you have read any of our past HAA articles (there are two on Level I and Level II training) then you'll know that we eat and sleep acoustics. You will also know that we have a great deal of respect for the HAA organization. They have a unique perspective on acoustics for home audio and home theater which is to apply concepts, measure, listen and adjust. Now the HAA has come out with a new training course and I was privileged to be able to attend the pilot class. The course is called TurboCal and it is designed to provide a high value calibration process that is affordable to the consumer and efficient for the calibrator. Most TurboCals are completed in less than two hours.

The TurboCal course is really just a quick way to get some really good sound in a system. It benefits the Installer, the customer and even the Do-It-Yourselfers.

— November 07, 2011 05:00 in Home Theater Calibration

Audio Troubleshooting 101: Getting Your A/V System Working Again

Audio Troubleshooting 101: Getting Your A/V System Working Again

We often get flooded with emails from readers attempting to troubleshoot why their home theater systems no longer work correctly. This assumes at one point your system was operating correctly but has recently gone out of whack. As a result, we have captured some of the most common problems reported to us in this short editorial and offer real solutions to resolve them. So if you're system just doesn't sound right anymore, or you want some tips to tweak it to perfection, check out this article.

Audio Video Troubleshooting 101: Get your AV System Working Again fix the noise, hum or lack of audio.

— July 14, 2009 19:00 in Home Theater Calibration

How To Calibrate a Multi Row Home Theater

How To Calibrate a Multi Row Home Theater

If you’ve got a multi row theater room, you’re probably wondering what the best method of calibration would be. Setting channel trims and delay settings properly are paramount to ensuring good sound quality, but at what seated position should they be set too? This article explores how to effectively ensure good calibration across the whole listening area and not just one sweet spot.

If you’ve got a multi row theater room, you’re probably wondering what the best method of calibration would be. Setting channel trims and delay settings properly are paramount to ensuring good sound

— July 16, 2008 16:05 in Home Theater Calibration

HDMI Enhanced Black Levels, xvYCC and RGB

HDMI Enhanced Black Levels, xvYCC and RGB

When trying to get the most performance out of your home theater, few things are more important than proper display calibration. It has come to our attention that many of you utilizing an HDMI connection might have your black levels incorrectly set. Why the sudden confusion? Options have changed with the introduction of HDMI 1.3 and its tag-along partners: Deep Color and the new xvYCC color space. Read on.

When trying to get the most performance out of your home theater, few things are more important than proper display calibration. It has come to our attention that many of you utilizing an HDMI

— April 16, 2008 09:45 in Home Theater Calibration

Basic Television Setup Tips

Basic Television Setup Tips

You've finally done it. You saved your money and finally purchased that beautiful flat panel or rear projection television you've had your eye on for the past year. While some may look at this as the final step in the process of getting a better display into the home, in truth, you've just begun. Certainly you could open the packaging, set up the television and plug in some cables, but there’s more. With a few key tips, you can be among the top 25% of HDTV owners who really tweak out the best from their new displays.

You've finally done it. You saved your money and finally purchased that beautiful flat panel or rear projection television you've had your eye on for the past year. While some may look at this as the

— September 03, 2007 16:07 in Home Theater Calibration

Digital Video Essentials (DVE) Overview

Digital Video Essentials (DVE) Overview

The world of high-quality consumer display devices and home theater has really taken off over the last 15 years The tools and information to get one's television set looking its best, however, has been elusive and relegated to the few professionals and videophiles who did their research. I say few professionals because there are numerous professionals with the know-how to repair a display, but who are usually oblivious when it comes to making one look good.

The world of high-quality consumer display devices and home theater has really taken off over the last 15 years The tools and information to get one's television set looking its best, however, has

— August 25, 2004 20:00 in Home Theater Calibration

Grayscale Calibration of Home Theater Televisions

Grayscale Calibration of Home Theater Televisions

With the onset of larger TVs and Rear Projector TVs, many Home Theater Systems are as good as movie theaters, and sometimes, even better. As more and more consumers enter into the TV market, it's obvious that the widescreen Rear Projector TV (RPTV) is becoming king. What many people don 't know about TV's in general is that they require calibration in order to produce a close to accurate representation of the video signal being displayed.

With the onset of larger TVs and Rear Projector TVs, many Home Theater Systems are as good as movie theaters, and sometimes, even better. As more and more consumers enter into the TV market, it's

Steve DellaSala — August 25, 2004 20:00 in Home Theater Calibration