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April 01, 2009, 12:52:57 PM
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clinthicum

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Not sure if you guys had seen this product yet or not, but it seems that the guys at CurtPalme, Spectracal, and CalMan have found a way to use the Western Digital WDTV box as a video generator of sorts for performing HDTV calibrations across HDMI.

Figured you might get a kick out of this.



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April 01, 2009, 01:07:23 PM
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jayallan

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Ha,

That's pretty cool!    Here is a direct link for the curious: http://www.curtpalme.com/CalMAN_DPG-1000.shtm

CURTPALME is an amazing site, and I recommend it to anyone interested in home theater.   Especially CRT Projectors!

WDTV LIVE with current official FW > HDMI > DVDO > Sony CRT Projector 150" 16/9 screen.  Toslink audio to Yamaha DTS receiver. No Network set up yet.

May 15, 2009, 07:32:09 AM
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Neat idea. Many of us were discussing using the WDTV to calibrate our HDTV's on avs forums.

Pretty hefty markup for simply taking less than $300 in consumer parts and throwing some images on flash drive?

(Even if it had a very simple UI mod for a custom menu)

May 16, 2009, 09:31:49 AM
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This all is not going to work well because the WD TV is not always outputting correct colors....


This product = fail!?!?
« Last Edit: May 17, 2009, 05:38:19 PM by Monkeyface66 »

May 17, 2009, 04:04:21 AM
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This was developed by CurtPalme, Spectracal, and CalMan. I don't know if you're familiar with them but these guys are the top when it comes to display calibration.
So saying they've produced a fail product without knowing what's inside sounds pretty naive in my opinion.
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May 17, 2009, 12:48:28 PM
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This was developed by CurtPalme, Spectracal, and CalMan. I don't know if you're familiar with them but these guys are the top when it comes to display calibration.
So saying they've produced a fail product without knowing what's inside sounds pretty naive in my opinion.

Yep,

I spend more time on Curt Palme's site than I do on this one.  And I own this one. :)

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May 17, 2009, 05:37:34 PM
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So saying they've produced a fail product without knowing what's inside sounds pretty naive in my opinion.

You're right, I was too harsh!  :)


Let's say that this product = not reliable at the moment because the WD TV with its current firmwares has known issues with the black level and HDMI handshake stuff.

May 18, 2009, 12:59:38 AM
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Yeah I agree but this wasn't always the case. Perhaps they used a previous firmware which didn't have these problems since the latest firmwares only add features which aren't relevant for the use of the device for calibration.
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May 18, 2009, 11:48:31 AM
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Also, he could be using custom FW that resolves any color issues.