How to optimise picture settings on your new TV

Here are a few settings you need to change after buying a brand new TV to enjoy the best viewing experience

A new TV comes with default picture settings that might not be optimised for the viewer. You may need to tweak the settings to enjoy the best picture quality. Once you do that, you can enjoy music videos, TV shows, and movies the way they are meant to be seen.

Here are a few recommendations on how to configure the best picture settings and other important technical details for your new TV.

  • Avoid any dynamic, sports, and movie mode

Commonly, there are four different picture modes in most TVs – Sports, Movie, and Dynamic. These modes differ from model to model and brand to brand. You must use Standard or Custom modes to get the best picture. These modes will usually allow you to disable any unnecessary picture settings and do a lot more.

  • Sort out the sharpness and overscanning

If you believe that by increasing the sharpness you will get more details in the picture quality, then you’ll be disappointed. In default settings, the sharpness on the presets will invariably be set too high. To check that, look at the black text on a light background and notice if it has a ring or white glow around it.

A consistent bugbear that most TVs have is that they offer out-of-the-box default settings with overscanning on. This typically means that the edges in the pictures are somewhat lost behind the bezel.

Overscanning is kind of a throwback cure for the ancient broadcasting artifacts that were caused by non-picture data parked at the extremities of the frame. It rarely happens in the HD era as real picture info is used all across the 1920x1080p HD frame.

Non-overscan modes could have a variety of menu names that depend on the brand. Look out for the aspect ratio adjustments while watching out for the ones that cause the image to step back and reveal a bit more.

  • Disable the edge enhancement in picture settings

Many manufacturers prefer adding the edge enhancement feature with sharpness control. This is done by adding a thin line to the outlines and patterns in the picture. This makes the edges look overly sharp. This sounds well and good but the halo effect sometimes does more harm than good. In most cases, you should disable it.

  • Set the right color temperature

Everything you’ve seen on your TV is created using display monitors set to a color paint called D65. Basically, it is the way to describe how “white” white actually is… not too blue, not too red, not too green.

Ideally, you should want your TV to match that as closely as possible so that you can enjoy the level of experience that the filmmakers intended. Professional calibration is required to perfectly set the color temperature but most of the TVs today include a few presets that you can choose from, labeled warm, medium, and cool. On most TV models, the warm preset or 6500, is the closest to D65. This preset is the one that most Cinema and Movie modes switch to.

Give your eyes a few days to adjust to the warm settings. In case you think the TV pictures are too red, go on to the next setting, which is medium. However, you should prefer to avoid the cool setting.

  • Turn off noise reduction

This feature is different for different models and brands. On Samsung TVs, it is called Digital Clean View and it reduces noise and distortion in the picture quality. It will be ideal to leave it switched on when you’re watching low-resolution content, even more so on standard definition cable TV. However, it is better to disable it if you’re using high-quality HD, 4K content.



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