We use two independent audio-video systems to
evaluate the audio/video quality of CDs, SA-CDs, DVD-As, DVD-V's and hardware
the 16x9 Squeeze on a computer monitor for better picture fidelity!
Many home TVs and displays -- whether they are rectangular
HDTV 16x9 or regular 4x3 -- can automatically or manually (using a "16x9
mode" option) perform the "squeeze" necessary to pump
out the extra resolution from anamorphic ("enhanced for 16x9")
program material -- an option many DVDs use. But no software-based
PC DVD player (e.g. Win DVD or Power DVD), thus far, has a feature
where it "communicates" with monitor to perform a voltage-based
anamorphic (16x9) squeeze on 4x3 computer monitors or even 16x9 monitors
(the squeeze is necessary on 16x9 monitors for programs wider than 1.78:1
-- example: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and most
Coming Soon: An article on adjusting grayscale and color temperature
without resorting to a "professional":
Forget "CEDIA Certified professionals"!
Calibrate grayscale and color temperature yourself!
You don't need to spend the big bucks on having a tv or monitor "professionally"
calibrated any more. Do it yourself for under $200. Benefits: you learn
valuable science and engineering skills in the field of video calibration,
you get to keep the equipment, and you don't have to make an
over-paid AV outfit-owners' boat payments.
Above: An image from the upcoming article on adjusting grayscale
and color temperature on your TV and/or monitor.