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Beginner Calibration

Below we give you some tips for a beginner calibration which applies to almost any flat panel TV today.

Switch to the Film or Movie picture preset

The Movie / Film picture preset is typically found in the image settings menu but some TVs also have a picture preset button on the remote control. The Movie / Film presets is often better because of more accurate color and gamma settings. Just by switching to this preset you can also greatly reduce the number of dynamic circuits as well as added artificial sharpness. The Movie / Film preset is optimized for dark rooms but you can just increase the setting called “brightness” or “backlight” in the menu to compensate.2.Reduce brightness
Most flat panel TVs come pre calibrated with extreme brightness levels, and this is not contributing to picture quality nor energy consumption. So by reducing brightness to a natural level you can achieve more natural and less harsh pictures and at the same time save money on the power bill. Brightness is typically reduced with the “brightness” or “backlight” setting in the menu. Some TVs also have an automatic brightness sensor.3.Deactivate Dynamic Contrast
This tip also concerns noise reduction, advanced sharpness, edge enhancement, vivid colors, and various other”enhancements”. You need to deactivate these picture systems simply because they are not helping you achieve the best possible picture quality. The systems have been created to compensate for a TV’s shortcoming but often new, and more annoying issues are introduced. Technologies such as 100/120 Hz may also create artificial looking images and most picture enthusiasts prefer to turn these systems off. Try yourself.

Change the colour temperature

Colour temperature is a measurement the hue of the picture. A low colour temperature results in warm (reddish) pictures and a high colour temperature results in cool (bluish) pictures on the screen. If you look out of your window on a sunny day you’ll notice that the world has a warm and reddish look. On a snowy day you’ll see colder and bluish colours. Today 99 % percent of flat panel TVs come pre-calibrated with a too high colour temperature, resulting in too cold pictures. This is visual attraction for shoppers but in your living room you prefer accurate colours. Accurate colours on a flat panel TV equals a colour temperature of 6500 Kelvin. Therefore it is recommended that you change colour temperature in the picture settings menu to”warm”. Sometimes you need to use the”Normal” setting for the best result. You should refrain from using the “Cold” setting because it’s far from the 6500 Kelvin target. Please note that the Movie / Film picture preset often has a Warm colour temperature setting as the default value.

Find calibrated settings here on FlatpanelsHD

This last tip is the most effective of them all. In every FlatpanelsHD TV and monitor review we include our calibrated settings in a table. You can copy these settings to your own TV and thus optimize picture quality a lot.

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