If you have an HDTV and a Blu-ray player, the Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark calibration disc can help you make sure you're getting the best-looking picture possible. Whether you're a home theater novice or a seasoned veteran, you'll find all the tests you need to correctly set up and adjust your TV and Blu-ray player. We were big fans of the previous version of this disc, and the new edition keeps all the features of that disc and adds new capabilities that reflect the latest TV technologies.
The first Spears & Munsil disc was the go-to choice for many reviewers and other video experts, and this new one is a worthy successor. The test patterns on the HD Benchmark are all designed by Spears and Munsil. Rather than using the standard patterns found on other calibration discs, they have designed their own patterns that are easier to use. This is the most complete calibration disc we've seen, with advanced features like 3D patterns and motion patterns to evaluate 120Hz and 240Hz performance on LCD TVs.
Other calibration discs we've tried have tended to be either too basic, or so complicated that you needed to be a video engineer to use them. With the HD Benchmark, you can make as few or as many adjustments as you want. Each test is clearly explained, with examples of correct and incorrect settings, so you know what you're doing and why. A basic calibration usually takes 30 minutes or less. There are even some audio tests for speaker setup and calibration.