How To Adjust Your TV For The Best Picture

June 14, 2018

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TVs are sharper and clearer than ever before but trying to find just the right picture can be beyond confusing. A trip to the menu feature can leave you confused on what to do for the best picture. So here are some simple guidelines to calibrate your television without the costs of paying for a professional. The biggest mistake most TV owners do is turn up the brightness and contrast to give off that "stare in the sun" glow. All TVs now come with a menu of picture modes with names such as “vivid,” “natural,” “sports,” and “cinema.” When you select one of these modes, the brightness, contrast, and sharpness are automatically adjusted to preset values. Selecting "sports", "vivid" or “dynamic” tend to overemphasize contrast and sharpness and lower brightness to less-than-optimal levels. Not to mention use a lot more energy to create, which not only adds dollars to you power bill but adds heat into your home. Instead choose natural,” “cinema,” or “movie" settings for the best picture results. But if you want to customize the brightness, or black level, freeze-frame a nighttime scene on your TV. Turn the brightness/black level control up until you can see the details in the image’s darkest areas. Then turn it back down so the black gets as black as possible without obscuring those details. Then do the same with the white settings by freezing a picture of a lot of white. For color settings, choose the “warm” or “low” setting, which will prevent the whites from appearing too blue. Finally the sharpness. Manufacturers often set the sharpness control rather high and turn on noise-reduction and other image-enhancement modes. You can tell if the sharpness control is set too high because the background will start to look grainy, and halos will appear around the edges of objects, making the overall image appear less natural. Turn the sharpness control down to zero, then add sharpness sparingly only if the image looks soft, with poorly defined edges. Also turn off any noise-reduction and image-enhancement or “dynamic” modes; these tend to reduce image quality. Remember, if you’re unhappy with your TV calibration, just hit the reset button to start over.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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