THX Releases iPhone App to Calibrate Televisions and Surround Sound Systems

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    THX, the company behind Lucasfilm's audio/visual reproduction standard for movie theaters, A/V equipment, and more, has released a new iPhone app to assist consumers with calibrating their HDTV's and home theater setups. The app is currently free for one week, but will rise to $1.99 after.

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    THX prefers that users connect the app to their television via Apple's official HDMI adapter, but AirPlay Mirroring can also be used for the visual tests -- audio tests won't work over the AirPlay protocol.
    THX tune-up is a free download on the App Store for 1 week, before rising to $1.99. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: THX Releases iPhone App to Calibrate Televisions and Surround Sound Systems
     
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    Very cool. Though the 49 dollars apple wants for the cable, not so much.
     
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    This will be cool for folks to hopefully get their sets out of the default "torch" mode that most start in, but definitely doesn't replace a full calibration. I'll probably install it just to see what it says about my tv and sound, though I have a 7.1 setup, not 5.1. Should be fun, nonetheless.
     
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    I'm eager to try it, but not sure just how much improvement I'll get.
    So ... getting it while it's free!
     
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    But if the cable were some how "defective," you could return it... ;)
     
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    I got bored and kept playing THX Deep Note through my 5.1 up loud. Slightly turned on right now.
     
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    Professional calibration? I'd wager a fraction of a percent of home systems have had that.
     
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    It's a gimmick and marketing ploy.
     
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    Mine settings were pretty spot on, however this app wants my brightness up higher then I had before, guess I'll try it out for a bit.
     
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    Yea, you could spend hundreds on a professional or buy this cheap app. Knowing no one gets a professional besides the home theaters on Cribs
     
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    Can you (or someone) describe how this works?

    (Thanks)
     
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    Sweeet! Downloaded. Cant wait to give this a try when I get home.
     
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    Am I really the only person here who has had their TV professionally calibrated?
    It makes a ton of difference in the colors.
    I don't have a full surround system, so I can't comment on that.
     
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    Not really. You don't need to have a professional do it, but having your system (both video and audio) will dramatically change the experience.
     
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    Perhaps. It's probably nothing more than an advanced version of the THX calibration program that comes with all DVDs and Blu-rays that are THX mastered. Which, if it can use your i-device's camera, will probably make it easier to calibrate colour and brightness/contrast. If that is so, it's worth the $2. But free is better.
     
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    I have a 30 pin converter to component cables I wonder if that would be good enough??
     
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    Just tried the app with the Apple TV. The app was simple and intuitive.

    Seems my color was up too high and tint too low. Minor adjustments to brightness and saturation.
     
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    That scene has a whole other dimension when watched with subtitles!
     
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    You're not alone. I've had my Panasonic 65" VT50 calibrated, and also a 60" Samsung LED before that. Years ago had the Mits RPTV done also. It might be rare for those on this forum, but over on AVS Forum it's very common.
     

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