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Welcome to the lab, where your friendly, experienced, and above all hard-working CNET reviewers, David Katzmaier (left) and Ty Pendlebury, test televisions. If you think our hard work involves mainly just sitting around on incredibly comfortable brown leather couches watching TV all day, you're only half right. We have plenty of comfy chairs, too.
(These captions were updated in February 2013, as was our How We Test TVs article.)
In addition to lots of sitting, a typical day in the lab also involves hefting big-screen televisions (thank you, thin LED!), plugging in cables, calibrating, shooting video, and, oh yeah, writing.
Luckily, both Ty and David can move at superspeed when needed (pictured).
Meanwhile, Ty occupies a second testing area that we're building out this year to allow another lineup.
Did we mention calibration?
At CNET we calibrate every TV we review to both establish a level playing field for comparison and to enable us to publish our popular picture settings. They enable users to easily set up their own TVs' picture controls to replicate as closely as possible the picture we see in the lab.
Last year CNET transitioned to using CalMan software by Spectrcal to both help calibrate the TV and to generate reports that capture many of the TVs' characteristics. In 2013 we have begin using version 5 of the software. We publish those reports with every TV review.
In 2012 we will began using a new signal generator, the VideoForge by AVFoundry (left, above the mouse) to generate the test patterns for our calibrations. In 2013 we switched to using the Quantum Data 780 (not pictured) as our primary generator.