The technical side of modern display systems can be a complex mystery to some, but when setup correctly the image is right for all.

This is a bold statement, however imagery is based on good science, the knowledge of which has been under scrutiny for centuries and this knowledge has become the foundation for the display systems you see today.

Unfortunately for a number of years the televison visual appearance drifted away from official standards set by the industry. Driven by marketing, public perception and limited early designs the public just got used to an inaccurate image. Fortunately in recent years there has been a swing back to following the official standards, this has been mostly driven by organisations like SMPTE, isf(Imaging science foundation) and THX than the public, although whom is driving the push towards visual perfection is mostly not important, the end user is the winner in the end with modern systems avaliable to them.

Dispite this there is a way to go for visual perfection, especially with out of the box performance. However in recent times manufactures have included many advanced controls to set the display up in the home, unfortunately the consumer can be overwhelmed by all the new controls and settings which can seem confusing for no other reason than poor basic descriptions of what they do.

That of course is where Masterpiece Calibration comes in, as part of the voice of the industry to deliver the image in the home, we have the tools to assist you in getting the very best out of your display system.

Now would be a good time to follow the link above for Benjamin. Follow the forward & back links, each comparison will give you a visual demonstration of visual imbalance you may see in your digital display.

Understanding how your head and eyes work.

We humans have the natural ability to adjust contrast ratio in what we see, even within small areas of our visual landscape. Don't believe me. Look at this picture.

The grey BAR is the same level the whole way across the picture. Cover up the upper and lower grey scale so you can see the bar on it's own. (2 bits of white A4 paper)

The point is, adjusting levels of any sort with our eyes is based upon the reference we see about what we are looking at.

Your Viewing Environment.

So as the above picture shows how a grey scale and a grey bar interact, the same effect is seen in the colour you view in your viewing environment. What happens is the light emitting from your DTV or projection screen also reflects off the colour shade on your wall. The net result of all reflections is what you will see and skew your perception of what ever you are viewing

You can tune what you see by not touching any DTV controls at all, by painting opposite colours equaling the balance but generally this tends towards a negative result rather than a positive because it adds to the problem rather than reducing it.

The best colours for the viewing environment is mid tone neutral shades of matt nature. In effect, choosing neutral tones reduces colour shifts which skew what you see.

It just so happens neutral shades are in at the moment, so asking for permission from the wife to repaint the walls to a trendy neutral can give you two good things, a happy wife and better viewing.