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Home Theater Hacks by Brett McLaughlin

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Chapter 8. Calibration

Hacks 60–74

If you’ve read the earlier chapters and have been trying out stuff as you go, you might know how to tweak your TV for basic HD viewing [Hack #35] , be comfortable with figuring out where best to place your sub [Hack #52] , and even pulled the screen off of your RPTV [Hack #17] . Hold on to your remote, though, because this chapter is going to take you to a whole new level.

To calibrate simply means to check, adjust, or determine by comparison with a standard. That might sound pretty basic, and something that you could do with a few spare minutes. In home theater parlance, though, calibration is an entire science unto itself. From getting the white on your particular TV to be “true” white, to ensuring that Jurassic Park sounds not how you like it, but how Crichton wanted it to be heard, to keeping the back of your TV from crushing you when adjustments are needed, calibration is the key. You’ll find a huge number of hacks in this chapter, and these are culled from literally hundreds more. Take the time to work through this entire chapter, and you’ll be in a movie theater rather than an old, converted garage.

Choose the Right Seating Distance

Sitting the correct distance from your television is the first step in getting the best picture from your display unit.

Although the location where you sit isn’t technically a part of calibration, it’s critical to enjoying a good picture. You also need to lock down the seating area before calibrating your display ...

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