RE: Calibration

Sound & Vision Magazine To the Editor, I disagree with John Sciacca's opinion expressed in the Tune-up Time article of your January issue that televisions need calibration by experts, using expensive test equipment to tweak the image "right." Television manufacturers aren't stupid.

Their factories adjust the picture the way consumers want them and there's nothing wrong with the way these images look. That's not to say that someone somewhere might want the image to look different but "calibration?" If calibration was really needed, then TV manufacturers would be in a far better position than after-market practitioners to do it. It sure would be more efficient and cost less than having calibration experts visit the installation to do the work. But unless my eyes are playing tricks on me, I don't see the need.

Neither has one of our clients ever complained that their TV image needed correction. It seems that calibration is just another solution in search of a problem. Aren't pretty speaker cables, power conditioners, vibration isolators under CD players and amplifiers, and painting CD edges enough? Must "calibration" now be added to the snake oil menu?

Since snake oil is sold with words, I admit that "calibration" is a powerful word. If promoted, like you're doing, it will take hold among enough insecure adults to support calibration practitioners. But this does not mean that calibration provides real value.


Alex Rosner Rosner Custom Sound, Inc. Long Island City, NY

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