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Spears and Munsil's new Benchmark Blu-ray has 3D Evaluation Patterns included


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A second edition of the Spears and Munsil Blu-ray evaluation disc is set to be released very soon. Which is great news for us, and other video enthusiasts out there.

The new title releasing as 'Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark: 2nd Edition' will be out in the States next week and we'll all be getting our hands on it as soon as possible. We use the current edition quite extensively in our display reviews to check deinterlacing, chromatic performance and dynamic range, to name but a few.

The Spears & Munsil disc will be the first disc to offer stereoscopic patterns for calibrating and testing 3D televisions, which is particularly good news as no really good standardised tests currently exist. It will also contain a set of patterns suitable for calibrating contrast, grayscale and gamut.


“We didn’t just want to add a few new features here and there,” said co-creator Stacey Spears, “we went back to the drawing board and re-thought every pattern.” There are more than twice as many patterns on this new disc as on the previous disc, covering every aspect of home theater testing and calibration.

As per the previous edition, the Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark, 2nd Edition uses patterns created by Spears & Munsil’s own in-house software.

“We still feel that there isn’t anything else out there that meets our quality standards across the board,” said co-creator Don Munsil. “So every pattern was created from scratch, using custom software, in the native color space that is most appropriate for that pattern. All of the scaling and color conversion was done using our own software as well.”

“We’ve created what we think is the best pattern for setting color and tint ever made,” said Spears. “The problem with the classic color bars pattern is that it was designed for broadcast engineers and is confusing for the new user. We re-thought the entire pattern from scratch and made something anyone can use, with step-by-step instructions right on the pattern. We did the same re-thinking for essentially every pattern we made, though the classic patterns are on there as well for the purist.”

“The enthusiasts and power users took to our previous disc right away,” said Munsil, “but we got feedback that the disc was still too daunting for inexperienced users who’ve never tried to calibrate a television before. We tried to address that with even more comprehensive guides and help in this disc, and we think we have created a disc that allows someone with no home theater experience to jump right in and get a basic calibration in less than an hour.”

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $29.97.

Source: High-Def Digest


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Hanging out for this, the 1st edition blu-ray is very hard to get ahold of for cheap, no doubt collectors don't want to give up their rare goods.

I'm assuming this 2nd edition will Region B compatible?

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