Wired.com: For the Home Theater Geek, Spyder4TV HD Shows Your True Colors
By Brian McLaughlin
Published February 14, 2013
The central part of any great home entertainment system is the display. We spend a great deal of money on display technology but how much effort do we make to ensure that the display is properly calibrated? I know when I originally bought my TV, and a couple times since, I used the THX calibration disc available in some movie cases but it is a completely subjective calibration and I don’t trust my eyes that much. This is where Datacolor steps in with the Spyder4TV HD home theater calibration system.
The Spyder4TV HD provides a color sensor, known as a colorimeter, and a set of video discs for BluRay, DVD – NTSC, and DVD – PAL. When you open up the packaging, you find a very clear quick-start guide, the discs, the colorimeter, a bungee system to attach the colorimeter to the TV, and computer software. The calibration process works by coordinating manual changes to the TV’s settings with data returned via a USB connection from the colorimeter to your computer.