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Datacolor Spyder4TV HD Color Calibration System

B&H # DAS4TVHD Mfr # S4TV100
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You Pay: $124.00
Product Highlights
  • For Home Theater or TV Displays
  • Get Precise Color Calibration
  • Easy-to-use
  • Save Energy & Extend Display Life

The Datacolor Spyder4TV HD Color Calibration System is an easy-to-use calibration system for your home theater display as well as any other TV in your home, and is intended for use by home theater enthusiasts system installers. It provides the correct adjustments to brightness, contrast, color, tint and color temperature for your display so you'll see your favorite movies exactly as they were intended. Furthermore, a properly calibrated display can save energy and extend the life of your home theater display by ensuring that brightness and contrast settings are optimized (an overly bright and contrasty display uses more power and can lead to a shorter display life; especially for plasma displays).

Measures settings and makes necessary adjustments to default TV settings for optimum viewing
Sets proper color temperature and dynamic range to assure your TV isn't "overdriving" the display
TV color calibration allows for natural colors that can reduce eyestrain and let you see video the way the director intended
Special test pattern for Blu-ray disc players that makes it easy to optimize the movie images displayed on the TV screen
Works with LCD, LED, plasma, OLED, CRT and Front projectors
Software interface takes you step-by-step through your TV settings during calibration
Requirements Blu-ray or DVD player
Remote controls for your TV and Blu-ray or DVD player
Desktop PC / laptop near your TV (Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64, Mac OS X 10.4 and higher)
1 available USB port
Computer: 256 MB of free RAM, 100 MB free drive space
Video card: 1024 x 768 resolution, 24 bpp color (16.7 million colors)
Datacolor Spyder4TV HD Color Calibration System
  • Spyder4TV HD Colorimeter
  • Spyder Web Attachment
  • Spyder4TV HD Software CD
  • Spyder4TV HD Blu-ray Test Pattern Disc
  • Spyder4TV HD Test Pattern DVD (NTSC & PAL)
  • Quick Start Guide in 10 Languages
  • 1-Year Hardware Warranty (2-Year Warranty for Countries of the EU)
  • Free Online Support
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    DatacolorSpyder4TV HD Color Calibration System
     
    4.0

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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          5.0

          Great product

          By emilianozm

          from Mexico city

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Results

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Entertainment

            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4TV HD Color Calibration System:

            I found Spyder4TV HD to be a great product! Highly recommendable!

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Great product

            By opencase (emilianozm)

            from Mexico city

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4TV HD Color Calibration System:

                Great product. I obtained great results after applying color calibration to my HD TV.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                4.0

                Can still be useful

                By Dj Nicky HD

                from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

                About Me Enthusiast

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                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4TV HD Color Calibration System:

                      It's true as was stated in the previous review, that the datacolor Spyder4tv hd may not get the whole job done, but it's a good way to begin. Input of the model number is not entirely useless especially considering if you have more than one display in your home. The results you get by using this product will leave you better off than when you started.

                      Copying settings from the internet is not always the best option because results in most cases are subjective due to many variables. The only way you can get settings that accurately reflect your setup is by using data derived by direct readings from your screen. Which is where the Spyder4TVhd comes in.

                      I've found that the best way of getting the most out of your Spyder4tv which does not involve additional cost is by downloading the Free Color HCFR Software and following the "Grayscale and colour calibration for dummies" guide that can be found by google search. With this software, you can use your spyder4tv to adjust the additional settings which the spyder4tv software misses e.g grayscale, gamma, primaries and secondaries etc.

                      I've found that using a combination of the spydertv software to begin with, and polishing off with the "for dummies" guide gives the best results.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Does the Job

                      By James621

                      from New York

                      About Me Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Configure
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Reliable Performance
                      • Works as designed

                      Cons

                      • Adjust more settings

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • LED
                      • Plasma

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4TV HD Color Calibration System:

                      Not sure why such a negative review from the previous guy but I found Spyder4TV did a good job calibrating both my LED and Plasma TV's.
                      I have owned a few calibration disks in the past and found that using the Datacolor product's sensor to tell me what to adjust makes it much easier to calibrate my TV.

                      The only agreement with the previous review is that it would be great to include other settings to calibrate, such as RGB.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
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                      • No

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                      (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Calibration Software is a Waste of Money

                      By jtex

                      from Maryland, Texas, & Beyond

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Use
                      • Not Functional
                      • Poor Design

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4TV HD Color Calibration System:

                        For authentication, my B&H Order # is 374514890, dated 2-2-12.
                        I have been using the Datacolor software & Spyder for at least 12 years to calibrate & profile my computer monitors for Photoshop work.

                        The good news is the Spyder4 colorimeter works just fine.

                        The bad news is the TV calibration software is inadequate for anything other than a black & white TV.

                        The software does allow adjustment of the black point, white point, color tone, and "tint."

                        However, input of the TV's model number into the software makes no difference.

                        The software does NOT allow adjustment of the:
                        1. "backlight" (i.e., true brightness);
                        2. red, green, and blue colors;
                        3. 10 point white-balance red, green, & blue values (30 values in total); or
                        4. Color space red, green, & blue values for Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Cyan, & Magenta (18 values in total).

                        If this software is intended for a moderately sophisticated home theater TV, why are there no standard RGB color tones generated and measured as is done for computer monitors?

                        You can make one big improvement in your TV by changing the Color Tone to Warm 2 or your TV's warmest color.
                        You can do an internet search to find Post Calibration Settings for your specific TV model - for free.
                        For my LED TV, there are 76 values that can be adjusted.
                        I did a Google search, found these settings, plugged them in, and the picture looks great.
                        If your TV doesn't look great with these settings, just reset the values back to what they were.
                        As a test, I displayed a few on my images on my now adjusted TV and compared each image to the same image displayed on my calibrated & profiled computer monitor.
                        The images look impressive on my 46" LED TV and almost as good as on my computer monitor.

                        I feel like an idiot for having purchased the Datacolor Spyder4 TV Spyder & software.
                        I am dumbfounded and astonished that a company selling what I thought was good software for computer monitor calibration could market such an utterly worthless product.

                        B&H, can I trade-in this worthless product for the Datacolor Spyder4 Pro Display Calibration System (B&H # DAS4P)?

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