Turn off These Three TV Settings

January 13, 2020

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You were extra good last year and Santa brought you a fancy 65-inch 4K ultra Hi-Def television. However for a grand as the picture looked in the store, it doesn't look quite as good (especially for its price) for a state-of-the-art television. But before you box it up and return it, you may want to change some of the factory default settings. In particular there are three settings you should look into.  First is the noise reduction. A relic of the analog days, noise reduction worked by reducing the black and white dots in the picture that were "static" due to a low signal or poor quality recording.  In today's digital world and high-def signals is it robbing you of more picture detail and a more natural-looking image. Another setting that sounds good but isn't is sharpness. What it really does is artificially boost fine detail and texture, while accentuating the edges of images in the picture. At first glance this might give the impression of greater detail, but what it's actually doing is masking fine detail—and oversharpened images can add a halo around objects. Finally is motion smoothness. One issue with LCD-based TVs, in particular, is that the image can blur during fast-moving scenes, such as in action movies or sports. TV manufacturers use various technologies to reduce motion blur, including repeating frames or inserting black frames into the video signal. It goes by many names such as Auto Motion Plus (Samsung), Motionflow (Sony), and TruMotion (LG). The problem is that movies deliver a picture at a slower rate than television.  Movies are filmed at a relatively slow 24 frames per second, or 24Hz. By contrast, video is typically shot at 60Hz. Some larger TV display up to 240Hz, which is great for watching a sports game but it causes the smoothness of a movie to look like a live TV show.  For some, it isn't a big deal but for others it can make a movie look fake and unnatural. Some TVs automatically turn off this motion smoothness when you switch to "movie" or "sports" mode.  You may want to confirm this by checking the motion smoothing setting. And not to worry, if you find yourself with green people and purple skies, you can always select the factor reset to restore the factory settings.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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