IDT HQV Benchmark 2.0

Many video reviewers use the original HQV Benchmark DVD and Blu-ray test discs in their evaluations of displays, players, and processors, but those discs are getting a bit long in the tooth, and there are a couple of errors on them that limit their usefulness in certain tests. Now, IDT has released version 2.0 of both discs, and they look fantastic. (During the development process, IDT solicited feedback from several reviewers, including Tom Norton and me, and I'm gratified that they actually took our advice.)

As with the previous version, the new discs provide various tests of video processing, including video conversion (3:2 and 2:2 pulldown, response time, etc.), noise and artifact reduction, scaling and enhancements, and adaptive enhancements. New to version 2.0 is a set of images that help users set the basic picture controls, which is a great addition. HQV Benchmark is available now from the HQV website; the DVD is $20 and the Blu-ray is $25.