Home Theater Reviews Publisher SECRETS of Home Theater and High Fidelity Announces New Blu-ray HDMI Benchmark to test Blu-ray Players

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Blu-ray HDMI benchmark new testing procedure replaces the legendary SECRETS DVD Benchmark – new home theater HDMI Blu-ray reviews and test introduced

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SECRETS of Home Theater and High Fidelity, a popular on-line audio and video magazine, announced that it is now using a new testing process in home theater reviews of Blu-ray players. This new testing procedure replaces the legendary SECRETS DVD Benchmark developed by Stacey Spears and Don Munsil. When Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity began publishing the DVD Benchmark, issues like Chroma Upsampling Error (CUE) and improper cadence detection were common, but now those issues have been mostly eliminated, since manufacturers have a reference to achieve. It is hoped that this new HDMI Benchmark, developed with experts in the technology, including the SECRETS Team, Stacey Spears, and Don Munsil, can help to lead manufacturers to the same level.

Now that the second decade of the 21st Century is here, all future Blu-ray players will have to deliver their HD content over HDMI only, with Component Video outputs limited to 480 lines of resolution (480p). Since all of the content will be transferred digitally to your display, this should result in perfect picture quality with no issues since “bits are bits”, right? Unfortunately the reality is far more complex than this, and there are many factors that can come into play.

A Summary of the SECRETS HDMI Benchmark and full archives of prior home theater blu-ray player reviews are available at http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/

Comments from Industry experts:

SpectraCal, makers of CalMan calibration software:
“Over the last couple of years display manufacturers have started listening to our requests for better control over their displays to attain greater color accuracy. For the ones that are working with us the results have been impressive; however, if the sources are unable to produce the same performance it becomes a major bottleneck in the video system…….This advanced testing will help consumers to avoid these issues and get the most out of their system.”

“This feedback allows product manufacturers to achieve a greater variety of product options and a higher level of performance and quality than previously attainable.”

Tom Huffman, ISF and THX Certified Calibrator, maker of ChromaPure calibration software:
"The testing that Secrets has done provides consumers with significantly more information than was previously available about the performance of Blu-ray players. It is important to see how well color information is transmitted to the display at different levels of stimulus as this better reflects real-world performance."

About SECRETS of Home Theater and High Fidelity

SECRETS of Home Theater and High Fidelity began publishing home theater reviews and audio product reviews in 1994. SECRETS is known for highly technical home theater reviews and developing leading edge technical approaches to testing home theater and audio products, with review archives in the thousands of reviews.

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David Blankenship
Home Theater Reviews - SECRETS

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