ColorVision SpyderTV STV100 Color Calibrator

MPN: STV100
Product Details
Description
The Datacolor SpyderTV colorimeter and software deliver an easy-to-use solution for optimizing any TV for a better viewing experience. SpyderTV scientifically measures contrast, brightness, color, tint, and color temperature presets on your TV and helps you make the necessary adjustments to dramatically improve your picture quality. SpyderTV supports Plasma, RPTV, DLP, LCD and CRT TVs.
Summary
Product Title ColorVision SpyderTV STV100 Color Calibrator
Manufacturer ColorVision
Power Score 4.0 | 3 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Datacolor SpyderTV Television Calibration System Review
4 Star Review  audioholics.com - Sep 29, 2005

Everyone has probably walked into a mass-market consumer electronics store and been dazzled by the array of high definition television sets lined up like cattle. If you've kept a watchful eye open, you've probably also noticed that they all had differing color tones and varying levels of brightness. Many television units ship from the manufacture calibrated for one purpose: impress people walking around under florescent lighting and grab their attention. High definition television sets capable of impeccable color accuracy and black levels are consistently gained up from the factory floor to present a virtual "Buy ME!" sign which blazes forth from the set like a torch to attract the insectile consumers buzzing by. So what's the problem –if it looks good in the store...? The trouble is, most consumers don't have florescent lighting in their homes, and their goal (hopefully) isn't to use the contrast of their HDTVs to lure their neighbors from across the street. In fact, sit down long enough, and some televisions will really take a toll on your eyes (something that rarely has time to manifest in a store environment).

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Datacolor SpyderTV Calibration System
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 3, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 9 expert reviews for Datacolor SpyderTV Calibration System and the average expert rating is 71 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
A Handy TV Calibration Tool !
4 Star Review   By member WayneFChin - Oct 12, 2005   

Strengths: An objective and easy way to calibrate your TV for optimal viewing. It's kinda cool to see a colorimeter attached to the middle of your TV screen during calibration.

Weakness: At > $200, its cost is pretty high for something you don't use often.

SpyderTV includes a colorimeter with an adapter for mounting with a suction cup or tripod, a handy carrying case, a software CD, and a calibration DVD. Bring your own laptop with a USB port. I used SpyderTV to calibrate my 42" Panasonic Plasma TV. The entire calibration process takes roughly an hour, including a suggested 20-minute warm-up time for the TV and DVD player. Here are the steps you follow: 1. Install the software on your laptop. 2. Since you should warm up your TV and DVD player for 20 minutes, spend that time to view the calibration tutorial on the calibration DVD; it's easy to follow and it's worthwhile to get a feeling for the calibration steps. 3. Grab the remote controls for your TV and DVD player. Believe me, you'll need them. Figure out how to adjustment your TV's sliders for brightness, contrast, saturation, tint, and color temperature. Know your TV's terminology for those adjustments, because SpyderTV may use different terms for them. 3. Attach the colorimeter to the center of your TV, and connect its USB cable to your laptop. Darken your room. 5. Start the software on your laptop and follow the instructions from SpyderTV's wizard to tweak each of the above adjustments. ~30 minutes later, you're done! I found the results incredible -- it was amazing how far off my original subjective settings were. Now the skin tones of the characters on CSI are more realistic! I had to back off on the reds a bit, though. I'm really surprised at how much I was missing before the calibration. SpyderTV is expensive at> $200, but I'm sure that amount is much less than paying for an ISF calibrator to come to your house. And you can calibrate using SpyderTV as often as you want with excellent results. If you've spent a good sum on your home theater, then buying a SpyderTV would be a good investment to optimize your TV viewing. I certainly recommend SpyderTV.

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Product Details
Description
The Datacolor SpyderTV colorimeter and software deliver an easy-to-use solution for optimizing any TV for a better viewing experience. SpyderTV scientifically measures contrast, brightness, color, tint, and color temperature presets on your TV and helps you make the necessary adjustments to dramatically improve your picture quality. SpyderTV supports Plasma, RPTV, DLP, LCD and CRT TVs.
Summary
Product Title ColorVision SpyderTV STV100 Color Calibrator
Manufacturer ColorVision
Power Score 4.0 | 3 Reviews
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Additional Specifications
Parent Retsku: B0009YX96O
Expert Reviews
Datacolor SpyderTV Television Calibration System Review
4 Star Review  audioholics.com - Sep 29, 2005

Everyone has probably walked into a mass-market consumer electronics store and been dazzled by the array of high definition television sets lined up like cattle. If you've kept a watchful eye open, you've probably also noticed that they all had differing color tones and varying levels of brightness. Many television units ship from the manufacture calibrated for one purpose: impress people walking around under florescent lighting and grab their attention. High definition television sets capable of impeccable color accuracy and black levels are consistently gained up from the factory floor to present a virtual "Buy ME!" sign which blazes forth from the set like a torch to attract the insectile consumers buzzing by. So what's the problem –if it looks good in the store...? The trouble is, most consumers don't have florescent lighting in their homes, and their goal (hopefully) isn't to use the contrast of their HDTVs to lure their neighbors from across the street. In fact, sit down long enough, and some televisions will really take a toll on your eyes (something that rarely has time to manifest in a store environment).

Read the full review »

Datacolor SpyderTV Calibration System
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 3, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 9 expert reviews for Datacolor SpyderTV Calibration System and the average expert rating is 71 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
A Handy TV Calibration Tool !
4 Star Review   By member WayneFChin - Oct 12, 2005   

Strengths: An objective and easy way to calibrate your TV for optimal viewing. It's kinda cool to see a colorimeter attached to the middle of your TV screen during calibration.

Weakness: At > $200, its cost is pretty high for something you don't use often.

SpyderTV includes a colorimeter with an adapter for mounting with a suction cup or tripod, a handy carrying case, a software CD, and a calibration DVD. Bring your own laptop with a USB port. I used SpyderTV to calibrate my 42" Panasonic Plasma TV. The entire calibration process takes roughly an hour, including a suggested 20-minute warm-up time for the TV and DVD player. Here are the steps you follow: 1. Install the software on your laptop. 2. Since you should warm up your TV and DVD player for 20 minutes, spend that time to view the calibration tutorial on the calibration DVD; it's easy to follow and it's worthwhile to get a feeling for the calibration steps. 3. Grab the remote controls for your TV and DVD player. Believe me, you'll need them. Figure out how to adjustment your TV's sliders for brightness, contrast, saturation, tint, and color temperature. Know your TV's terminology for those adjustments, because SpyderTV may use different terms for them. 3. Attach the colorimeter to the center of your TV, and connect its USB cable to your laptop. Darken your room. 5. Start the software on your laptop and follow the instructions from SpyderTV's wizard to tweak each of the above adjustments. ~30 minutes later, you're done! I found the results incredible -- it was amazing how far off my original subjective settings were. Now the skin tones of the characters on CSI are more realistic! I had to back off on the reds a bit, though. I'm really surprised at how much I was missing before the calibration. SpyderTV is expensive at> $200, but I'm sure that amount is much less than paying for an ISF calibrator to come to your house. And you can calibrate using SpyderTV as often as you want with excellent results. If you've spent a good sum on your home theater, then buying a SpyderTV would be a good investment to optimize your TV viewing. I certainly recommend SpyderTV.

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