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Spears & Munsil High Definition Benchmark, 2nd Edition, is available now!

Pattern Help Text

All of the guide and help text from the 1st Edition disc, in one file, with sample images. More convenient for reading offline or printing.

Choosing a Color Space

A comprehensive look at how to evaluate and choose between the various color modes available on your Blu-ray Disc player and/or video processor.

Technical Notes on the Patterns

A guide for the technically-minded video enthusiast who wants to know more about the patterns on the disc, including behind-the-scenes background and special details that aren't obvious at first glance.

Setting Color and Tint

An in-depth look at the Color and Tint controls that gives more background and technical details for people interested in learning more about the theory and practice of calibration.

Using the Spears & Munsil Calibration Filter

Basic instructions for how to use the Spears & Munsil Calibration Filter that comes with the HD Benchmark disc.

Setting the Brightness Control

An in-depth look at the Brightness control that gives more background and technical details for people interested in learning more about the theory and practice of calibration.

Setting the Contrast Control

An in-depth look at the Contrast control that gives more background and technical details for people interested in learning more about the theory and practice of calibration.

Getting started with the High Definition Benchmark

A step-by-step guide to doing a basic calibration on your display. Covers preparation, focus, mode settings, display area, contrast, brightness, color, tint, and sharpness.

Home Theater Geeks 8 Podcast

Getting the most out of your HD system and the Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark Blu-ray setup and test disc.
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