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HQV Benchmark Discs Now In HD

San Jose, Calif. — Precision video processing technology developer Silicon Optix said it has produced high-definition versions of its “HQV Benchmark DVD” in both the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats.

The test discs, which are available now to consumers and display professionals, each carry $20 suggested retails, and can be purchased online at A standard-definition DVD version is also available at $20 each.

As a special offer to TWICE readers, Silicon Optix is offering a $5 discount on the purchase price of each HD disc when they input the following codes in the appropriate box on the order page: HQV4TWICEBR (Blu-ray); and HQV4TWICEHD (HD DVD).

A percentage of the proceeds of each sale will go the ELF Foundation, a non-profit organization that creates Room of Magic theaters at children’s hospitals and similar facilities across the country, Silicon Optix said.

The company is also looking for retail partners who would like to carry the discs to sell to their consumers and to use as demonstration material for HDTV demonstrations.

The company said “HD HQV Benchmark” discs were produced to “let anyone objectively evaluate the picture quality of high-definition products, including displays, HD DVD and Blu-ray players, A/V receivers and projectors,” the company said.

“For the first time, consumers will be able to test the high-definition performance of their products to make sure they live up to the manufacturers’ claims,” stated Jordan Du Val, Silicon Optix’s marketing VP. “The HD HQV Benchmark is a perfect companion to our very successful standard-definition HQV Benchmark, which tests a product’s ability to up convert standard-definition material.”

The HD HQV Benchmark begins with an introduction, an overview of the tests and an explanation of how to use the included scorecard to assess any product like a pro.

The HD HQV Benchmark includes tests for noise, video resolution loss, “jaggies,” and film resolution loss — all recorded in 1080i video. The resolution test is used to determine if a player or display properly de-interlaces 1080i sources, the most common format for video-based content seen on broadcast and cable networks’ HD programming.

HQV video processing can be found in products from top tier manufacturers such as Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Denon, Onkyo, Samsung and Syntax.