If we home theater fans demand that every Blu-ray release be the best quality it possibly can, we should also put in the effort to make sure that our high-definition displays are fine-tuned to their optimal performance. Is your HDTV or projector calibrated?
In the early Laserdisc and DVD days before high definition, I couldn’t afford to have my TVs professionally calibrated (assuming that was even available at the time), but I still adjusted my settings to the best of my ability using self-calibration discs like ‘Video Essentials’. Later, when I upgraded to my first HD projector, I was fortunate enough to have an engineer friend with his own colorimeter and calibration software who would occasionally come to my apartment and spend hours late into the night dialing in my video quality. He continued to do this for me though several projector upgrades.
When I finally bought a house last year, one of the critical steps of building a proper home theater was to purchase and learn how to use the SpectraCal CalMAN calibration package. That was quite a rabbit hole I jumped into. Some day, when I find the time, I’ll write up a more detailed post about that.
In the meantime, what do you do for calibration – if you do anything at all?