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Calibration

Calibration is one of the most effective and least expensive upgrades you can make to your home entertainment system.

A professionally calibrated system will:

  • Show full detail in the darkest and brightest parts of all scenes
  • Be properly matched to your video system and viewing environment
  • Maintain accurate colour balance at all picture light levels
  • Have a cinema theatre "film look."
  • Minimize picture artefacts (distortions)
  • Be easier on your eyes
  • Last up to twice as long as a display with factory default settings
  • Accurate to Film & TV technical standards

ISF LogoKent Home Cinema Centre are ISF certified, and can ensure that every picture you view, no matter the signal source, looks the best that it possibly can. We precision test every aspect of your system and calibrate your default set up for both night and day time viewing. We will endeavour to complete the calibration on every screen commissioned, but cannot guarantee that all screens will comply to the protocols applied.

Why Calibrate?

Isn't My New TV Already Making A Great Picture?

You just spent your hard-earned money on a new home theatre video display (TV). So, why don't DVD or HD movies look as good as the cinema version? Why is the grass blue and why don't sports jerseys look the right colour?

Remember how different all those TVs looked at the store, when they were all receiving the same program?

The difference wasn't so much the quality of the various models as it was the non-standard adjustment of each display. Manufacturers adjust their models to look as appealing as possible (brightest) next to competing models on a showroom floor. They usually set the user controls and technician service controls for the highest apparent light output, or for a unique look.


A typical display, with factory default settings.


The same display after calibration.

Even if every adjustment was set precisely to industry standards at the factory, which would greatly increase the cost of your display. And, its performance would still be less than optimal after it was installed in your home, due to the effects of shipping, initial aging, and the unique lighting effects of your viewing room.

The installer who delivered the display said he adjusted it for best performance.

Most installers simply adjust the standard user controls until the display "looks right," and don't calibrate it to any specific standard. Then, after the system ages over a few weeks of normal operation, it often looks different again. In fact, manufacturers recognize that your system can look its best and last it’s longest only when it is professionally calibrated after a short initial aging period.

Professional Calibration Gives You Great Benefits

When TV programs are produced, transferred from film, broadcast or cut to DVD, the process is precisely monitored on video displays calibrated to industry standards. Your video display can accurate­ly reproduce the full, original quality of those programs only if it is calibrated to the same industry standards.

You can enjoy the full quality capabilities of your new (or older) TV, monitor, or video projector with professional calibration. Your display, the final step in a precisely calibrated video distribution system, can do full justice to the high quality video signal. It can give you picture quality approaching, or even exceeding, that of the local cinema theatre. However, more often, a mis-cali­brated video display mangles the picture miserably.

Calibration is one of the most effective and least expensive upgrades you can make to your video system.

You will see a significant difference immediately.


A calibrator uses a colour analyser to adjust background colour.

Your calibrated home theatre video display will:

* Display a sharper focused, full resolution image.
* Show full detail in the darkest and brightest parts of all scenes.
* Be properly matched to your video system and viewing environment.
* Maintain accurate colour balance at all picture light levels.
* Produce a full range of accurate colours, including flesh tones, grass, sky, and sports jerseys.
* Have a cinema theatre "film look."
* Minimize picture artefacts (distortions).
* Be easier on your eyes.
* Last up to twice as long as a display with factory default settings.

 


A video generator is used to generate precision test signals.

We Use Professional Test Equipment to Calibrate to Industry Standards

So how can I get my video display looking the best it can? How do you ever get to see the deep, fully detailed dark greys and vivid blacks; bright, sharp picture highlights; and most stunning, those gorgeous colours the production artists wanted you to see?

Simple!

Have us calibrate your video display, with state-of-the-art Sencore test equipment, to be as accurate as the displays that the artists and engineers use. Then, you can see the breathtaking pictures and beautiful colours that they intended.

We will calibrate your standard TV or high definition display to produce a vast picture improvement

We use a VideoPro Multimedia Generator to generate precision test and calibration signals into every active video input, at every different signal scan format that you will normally be viewing. This may include standard TV, progressive scan DVD, satel­lite TV, digital cable, computer games, and off-air HDTV.

We precisely calibrate your display's user control default setup (black level, white, level, saturation, hue, sharpness) and technician service controls (white balance, focus, SVM, colour decoder, geometry, etc.) to industry standards for both night and day viewing. We use a ColorPro Colour Analyzer to analyze the background "canvas" colour of your display at all brightness levels. We calibrate the background colour to be accurate to the D65 industry standard, as the starting point for overlaying a full range of accurate picture colours. We make sure that every picture you view, no matter the signal source, looks the best that it can ­- just as it was intended to look.

A Professionally Trained and Certified Technician Will Calibrate Your Display

Our video calibration technicians are trained and experienced in the art and science of optimizing video displays for the highest possible image quality. Our technicians are trained in the "systems approach" to providing you with the best possible pictures from your video display system.

Can my consumer display look as good as the video monitors the professionals use?

You can get close, and in many cases, just as good. Video display manufacturers are making great products, but they're adjusting their displays to catch your eye, not to move your soul. Calibrating to industry standards is the only way to capture the full potential of your home theatre video system.

Video calibration will produce the most accurate image, with the truest colours, with film-like picture qualities, and often with a much longer life. We can make your home theatre system look like a system costing thousands of dollars more - giving you a more life-like, engaging entertainment experience that you'll be excited to share with your family and friends.

Share the artists' vision. Have your display calibrated to professional standards and put the WOW into your home theatre.