|Datacolor SpyderTV Display Calibration Kit|
|Home Theater Video Processors & Switchers Video Calibration|
|Written by Mike Levy|
|Monday, 01 January 2007|
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While the SpyderTV idea and overall execution is excellent, the final results are not correct. This could easily be corrected in the programming, but in its present state, SpyderTV does not deliver the reference image it promises to create, which is highly problematic by my standards and for the standards that readers will want to achieve with their HDTVs for film and broadcast content.
I really love the concept of SpyderTV. I hope that they can fix the problems and make this a product worthy of your investment. It literally has the potential to replace the need for a professional calibrator for many consumers at a very fair price. It could be a product that even a big-box, mass-market retail location could use to not only properly calibrate their in-store sets (assuming they wanted to get the settings to the standard), but it is something they could use to calibrate clients’ sets. Personally, I would pay someone $100 to $200 to calibrate my set before I paid for most extended warranties that are all the rage at the big-box stores, but that is just me. Sometimes today’s warranties are pretty compelling.
As for the image Spyder achieves right now, I unfortunately cannot recommend it. Also, since most consumer sets use non-standard primary colors, I don’t know how accurate the final setting can be without the trained eye of a professional calibrator using professional video measurement tools. It’s an interesting toy that could with only a slight adjustment be one of the coolest tools on the market. I am hopeful that SpyderTV will take these comments as constructive, as I think their hearts are certainly in the right place, but the results are simply off.