DVD Benchmark Development Weekend - May 13 - 14, 2000




On May 13 and 14, 2000 Secrets hosted a DVD Benchmark Development Weekend in Redmond, Washington, where we tested numerous DVD players as to their video, audio, mechanical, and ergonomic qualities. Audio Precision and Tektronix instrumentation were employed to gather extremely accurate data. The subjective and objective information will be utilized as a benchmark by which future components will be evaluated in our reviews. Photos of this event are shown below as they were gathered. The complete article will be published in a few weeks.


Saturday, May 13, 2000

Here is a stack of DVD players waiting their turn for testing. Colin Miller and Evan Upchurch evaluating DVD players for video quality and ergonomics.
On the left is a Theta Dreadnaught Five Channel Power Amplifier, which is fully balanced. On the right is a Sunfire Tube Preamplifier, and sitting on top of it are Perpetual Technologies' new 24/96 DAC and Upsampling-Jitter-Filter. A DWIN Front Projector is being used to evaluate the high resolution capabilites of the DVD players.
Guy Kuo, designer of the AVIA DVD Test Disc, with Tektronix instrumentation, measuring DVD player video performance. Colin Miller (background), Guy Kuo (middle), and Andy Rosen (foreground). Andy designed the Microsoft DVD Test Disc.
Colin Miller using the Audio Precision to test DVD player audio performance. Stacey Spears testing DVD player component video performance.


Sunday, May 14, 2000

Andy and Stacey running some frame performance tests. A screen from one of the tests.
Video taping one of the tests. Colin performing a frequency response test.
Color bars on the monitor, and Stacey's DVD collection (700 discs) in the bookshelf. Some of the data.



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