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Monster HDTV Calibration Wizard

Easy-to-use TV setup DVD

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  • Monster HDTV Calibration Wizard

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Monster's HDTV calibration DVD will help you get the best possible picture from your TV. Developed in conjunction with the Imaging Science Foundation, this easy-to-follow disc uses actual video footage to help you properly calibrate your television's color, brightness, and contrast. You'll get maximum performance from your TV without having to use complicated test patterns. Although developed for high-definiton TVs, this DVD works great with standard-definition sets as well.

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Highlights:

  • easy-to-use, live video shots help you calibrate your TV
  • created by Monster, the Imaging Science Foundation, and Microsoft®
  • hosted by Monster Cable founder Noel Lee and singer/songwriter Jenna Drey

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Overview: The Calibration Wizard uses easy to use live video shots to help you calibrate your TV without complicated test patterns. You will be amazed at the better detail, more realistic picture quality and more accurate black levels and contrast.

Chapters: The DVD has the following chapters:

  • Introduction From The Head Monster 10th Anniversary ISF/Monster
  • How This DVD Will Make Every Other DVD Better!
  • How Black are Your Blacks?
  • How Bright are Your Whites?
  • Are Your Pictures Colorful Enough or Way Too Colorful?
  • Is Your TV Sharp?
  • Am I Too Fat?
  • Time to Enjoy Your TV
  • Are You Well Connected and Properly Powered?
 

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2 out of 5

Monster HDTV Calibration Wizard

Written By TG, Alpharetta, GA on Thursday, December 29, 2011
 
If the TOC inside the cover was on the cover, I would not have bought this DVD. Because other than setting the contrast, brightness, color, and sharpness it has no other capability. There are absolutely no patterns of any kind to do even an intermediate level adjustments, let alone any kind of "Professional ISF Standard" level settings ! It was a total waste of money for me. For the record, I did not buy this item from Crutchfield. As such I do to wish to fault them in any way.
Pros:
Extremely simple.
Cons:
Very misleading use of ISF, Monster names. Nothing professional about it. TOC should be on the outside for all to see. It gives ISF a bad name by stating it calibrates to their standards.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Save Your $$

Written By Tallness, SI on Thursday, December 08, 2011
 
Don't waste your money on this.
Pros:
Nothing
Cons:
Everything
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Do not waste your time or money

Written By steve, Stroudsburg,PA on Saturday, November 28, 2009
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A no name singer attempts to take you through HD calibration?!!

This is nothing more than a promotional disc for Jenna Drey. Who?

I would rate this -10 stars if I could.
4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Monster Hype

Written By Chuck, St. Helens OR on Monday, August 17, 2009
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I'm not a TV set-up specialist, & this disc isn't either. Absolutely not worth the price. My Samsung worked better AFTER I returned to ALL factory settings. This was a waste of money. I now have a DVD that is a wind chime decoration.
9 out of 11 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Of marginal utility

Written By Ray, Oak Ridge, TN on Sunday, April 19, 2009
 
I bought this disk to assist setup of a new Sony HDTV. It helped in setting up optimum brightness and contrast levels (going back and forth between an image of a guy in a black shirt under a black blazer, and a guy in a bright white shirt with white buttons). Fiddling the TV settings a bit really did improve the detail level visible. But most of the other stuff on the disk was either available in Crutchfield's free on-line guidance for HD setup (turn off the "vivid" setting is the most important advice), or was somewhere between silly and annoying (music video). No guidance is provided on sound system setup. Not worth much on non-HD TVs, either. This should be a $10 item at most.
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

This works!

Written By Bill, Kernersville, NC on Wednesday, February 04, 2009
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This is the only product of this type that I have used so I have nothing to compare it too. However, the customized settings made with it resulted in a noticeable improvement in picture quality compaired to any of the OEM preset options.
5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Senior Review

Written By Ronald, Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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I found the disc effective, but it could be improved for seniors in particular:

1. It didn't tell you what "Picture Preset" to use for the setup, i.e., VIVID, STANDARD, or CINAMA, which are typical of HDTV. I used VIVID, since that gives the most contrast & color definition.
2. I am somewhat hard of hearing, and even though Jenna Drey is very pleasant to look at, I had difficulty understanding some of her instructions. A male narrator or subtitles would be helpful.
12 out of 15 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Monster HDTV Calibration Wizard

Written By Andreas, Farmington, NM on Saturday, July 26, 2008
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If you have absolutely, and I mean absolutely no knowledge about how to do anything with your tv's menus and manual, then you might just find this
disc minimally useful. Otherwise, don't waste your money as it provides nothing, and I mean nothing that you will not be able to accomplish using
your manual and the menus that are available on your tv. The worst part is that the Crutchfield sales rep with whom I spoke told me that he had used
it and that it was the best product out there. I took his recommendation, big mistake, although I also have to give credit where it is due and say this
has never happened to me at Crutchfield.....a rep giving a really, really poor recommendation. I agree with some of the other reviews, didn't really intend to spend my money on watching a really poor video featuring what I consider to be really sub-standard talent. My first moment of angst was when I saw the quality of the video of the Head Monster.....not even good standard def.....and it got worse from there. Believe me, this isn't worth it and now I know I won't be investing in any more "Monster" products.
20 out of 21 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Useful

Written By Rhys, Virginia Beach, VA on Tuesday, June 17, 2008
 
This DVD is very useful for "tweaking" the color settings on your TV.
1 out of 5 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Infomercial II

Written By KEITH, Birmingham, AL on Friday, March 28, 2008
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I agree with John, this was not usefull for me at all . I did not enjoy the fact that I had paid to see this woman's "new" music video. This disc was a waste of money. I had done just as well with my TV manual. This was not best $30 bucks spent on my HDTV. Not recommended!!!!
14 out of 14 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

This should be a STANDARD purchase item!

Written By kateyandsarahsdad, Alameda, CA on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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After over 3-weeks of HD-TV owners, if I didn't make this purchase, I'd still
be sitting in front of my new Toshiba, remote in one hand, owners manual
in the other, trying to read and adjust at the same time, to get THE perfect
picture that this Monster DVD helped me get after running it just ONE time!
Do yourself a favor and save yourself some time and frustration, spend the
$30 to get this DVD!
8 out of 12 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Mediocre

Written By Jack, Ashland City, TN on Sunday, March 02, 2008
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While this disc is somewhat useful, it is by no means comparable to some others which contain just about every test imaginable.
4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Set-up disk

Written By Bruce, Williamsport, PA on Monday, February 25, 2008
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Using the set-up disk was fast and easy. I didn't think it made VAST differences in the picture but it did make noticable differences. Overall, I am happy that I purchased the disk. After all, we spend all that money for an LCD or plasma flat screen, the additional cost of the set-up disk is a good investment.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

HDTV Calibration Wizard

Written By Johnny, Midland, Ga. on Sunday, February 24, 2008
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Hello,


Let's say, that the disk was very colorful!
Also I could say, that it was to fast to do a heck-of-lot with.
I may run it again in a few days, not sure.
But was it worth the money? NO.
Would I buy another? NO.
But I must say!! I like all the other equipment I have ordered.



Have A Nice Day.
Johnny
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Calibration Wizard

Written By John, Knightdale, NC on Saturday, February 23, 2008
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When I received my wizard, I was anxious to play it immediately. I found that most of the steps that were on the DVD, I had a little knowledge of, however, it was so reassuring, and easy to follow. I recommend this product for anyone.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Infomercial

Written By John, Medford, NJ on Thursday, February 14, 2008
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This disc was a waste of money. Most of the commands it referred to for picture adjustment didn't exist on my remote or tv. I did better on my own than the disc did. Not recommended!!
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Helpful set up utility

Written By Jeremy, Martinsburg, WV on Saturday, February 09, 2008
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I recently purchased a 47" LCD HDTV. I hooked it up to my home theater system and set the TV's settings to what gave me a good picture, but of course I wondered if the use of a setup disc such as Monster's HDTV Calibration disc would help yield a better picture in any way. After using the disc, one thing I can say is that the settings I had picked before actually using the setup disc were pretty close on some of the settings, but using the disc helped me fine tune the picture so that I was able to see more detail in the blacks of the picture and also helped me obtain a very natural balance to the colors of the picture. For $30, I would consider it a worthwhile investment if you're even slightly curious as to if you are getting the best picture you can get out of your HDTV. This is a inexpensive and useful tool for setup and adjustment purposes.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Calibration Disc

Written By Henry, Freedom,Pa on Friday, February 08, 2008
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Seemed more a commercial than a reference disc. Could have been a slightly more technical for a calibration disc. Using more test patterns would have been better.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works wonders!

Written By Gail, Tri-Cities, WA on Sunday, February 03, 2008
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Get this product! It made a world of difference in the quality of the picture. I thought I had it "dialed in" but even the slightest changes from my original settings made a huge difference and really enhanced the picture quality. CD content is a little "cheesy", especially the video at the end, but I guess it really doesn't matter if it works! After the adjustments were made my first thought was "is that all?" (maybe a little overpriced?) but in the end, I have really enjoyed my HDTV even more and recommend this product!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Works as advertised

Written By Bob, Arkansas on Sunday, January 20, 2008
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Disk helped bring out the very best black and white ratio and did an overall good job. My only gripe is the price. They could leave the Extras off and sell it at half price I would give it a 5 as is it don't rate over a 3 at the most for my part.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works well

Written By eric, Westminster, MD on Monday, November 26, 2007
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This definitely demystifies setting up your tv. My Panasonic plasma was WAY to bright from the factory. This DVD allowed me to set it up properly. Just take your time, takes about an hour initially. Second tv takes about 5-10 minutes.

Get it.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Monster HDTV Calibration Wizard

Written By NLA, Atlanta, GA. on Monday, August 27, 2007
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After reading the previous ratings I purchased this video to assist me in setting up my new 42” plasma HDTV.
I could not have been more disappointed!
After purchasing, what some may consider to be an entry level HDTV, I felt sure some improvement of the factory settings could be achieved. Using the menu driven setup program provided in the TV, I found all settings to be exactly how this DVD demonstration described and displayed.
Maybe my eyesight is failing or maybe I am just lucky! But, in my opinion, the settings of contrast ratio and black level are the most important adjustment levels followed closely by color saturation or hue. In this instance, to be able to discern the black buttons on a black shirt behind a black jacket and the skin color to be close to perfect [as demonstrated by the three models] indicated, to me, that this disc could not provide any further improvement to that which I had originally set up on my TV.
Although this video has been, supposedly, recorded under ideal conditions. A regular movie DVD in which the viewer considers to be with excellent contrast, color and three-dimensional sound should provide equal or better results.
I was also disappointed to find there is no demonstration provided for surround sound, be it Dolby, DTS or THX, which should be an essential part of a home theatre setup.
In that the picture size for most wide screen DVD movies is presented in the 2.35:1 ratio, I find the 16:9 ratio is only good for some HDTV broadcasts.

26 out of 34 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Monster HDTV Calibration Wizard

Written By Jonathan, Plano, TX on Saturday, June 30, 2007
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I and all others who viewed my HDTV thought it had an excellent picture to begin with. Using the Monster calibration DVD brought out an even higher level of viewing pleasure beyond that which we had become accustomed to. I think the product is well worth its price. True, one could probably muddle through the process on one's own, but it helps to save time and get excellent results systematically.
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The best $30 bucks you'll spend on your HDTV

Written By Steve, Asheville, NC on Saturday, April 21, 2007
 
The quality was great before but this disc made a huge difference in the picture quality! Don't buy an HDTV without buying this disc!
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Not what you expect

Written By Reed, Seattle, WA on Sunday, April 15, 2007
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One thing you should know about this DVD is that it gives you images to calibrate brightness, contrast and color ONLY! There is no science here at all. If you have a reasonably good eye you can calibrate your screen without the minor help this DVD provides.
17 out of 18 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

HELPFUL

Written By Dennis, Jacksonville, Florida on Friday, March 30, 2007
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If you are new in HDTV technology this calibration wizard dvd for HDTv's is awesome it will show step by step. Over all i'm happy... Good Job Monster...
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A Must for High Def TV !!!

Written By Matt, Fairfax, VA on Thursday, March 01, 2007
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Get this disc if you have a High Def TV. Set up could not be easier and the result is a near flawless picture. This was the best $30 I spent on my home theater system.
7 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Results

Written By Bob, Bennington, VT on Sunday, November 19, 2006
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I bought this to "tune" the new 1080p flat screen TV we purchased. Given what the TV cost us, I wanted to see it at it's best. This product, used without needing technical expertise, achieved the superb results we were seeking. It also gave us excellent advice in that we should "tune" one viewing mode for daytime use and another for night time viewing. I actually "tuned" a third just for movies/DVDs. My wife wasn't sure that the new TV picture was worth the price until after I used this product. Now she, an excellent critic, is thrilled. Needless to say, a happy wife makes for a happy husband!
189 out of 204 people found this helpful
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