Skill Building for Home Theater
Day One: How to sell by talking in language clients will understand. Rather than debate pixels and resolution, talk about picture quality and image detail. Attendees learned about the history of television and the NTSC and ATSC television standards, how cables and room lighting affect picture quality, how different products deal with anamorphic material, the difference between progressive and interlaced video and how to use front-panel controls to improve picture.
Day Two: Video Calibration. Armed with Sencore VP300 video generators and Sencore Color Pro analyzers, as well as some non-Sencore products from Minolta, Philips and AV Standards, everyone assaulted the various displays around the hotel conference room. After a discussion in the use of display service menu controls, attendees took turns fine tuning CRTs in direct view, rear and front projection DLP projectors and a plasma display panel.
Days Three and Four: Audio. The next two days were presented by HAA instructor Gary Lemay of Quest Acoustical Interiors. Like the ISF, the HAA is a teaching organization, its focus on promoting optimum acoustical performance from a space, through acoustical design and calibration. On the first day of HAA instruction, Lemay introduced some of the basics of home theater audio design and the science of room acoustics. For people accustomed to simply setting speakers around the room and hooking up the A/V receiver this was an eye