Calibrating Your Television for an Excellent Picture

July 27, 2008 – 10:02 am, posted by Shannon

When you bring home a new television, there are a few steps you need to take to make certain you get the best picture possible. Although there is software available to help you calibrate your television, there are a few things to keep in mind if you are trying to get your television set-up without the help of outside resources.

One of the first things you need to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t stick with the factory settings. After all, televisions are calibrated to look good while on display at the store. At stores, there is a great deal of ambient light, which you won’t find at home. The difference in environment means you will need to also calibrate your television differently in order to get it to look great in your home. In fact, simply turning down the contrast and the brightness on your television will likely make it look much better because the factory settings are often set to be very bright.

You will also need to keep in mind that your television will likely need different settings during the day than it will need at night. After all, with the natural light coming in during the day, your picture will appear different than it will when the room is dark at night. You can usually program more than one mode on a television, so calibrate one mode for nighttime viewing and another for watching television during the day.

In general, you should avoid using the television’s dynamic mode at night because it will increase the contrast and the sharpness. In most homes, this mode will be too bright during the day as well. So, stick with cinema, normal, or movie modes instead. To get the absolute best picture, you will also need to calibrate your television for each of your input devices, as your VCR and your DVD player likely will not look their best with the same calibration.

Although calibrating your television can be a bit time consuming at first, the effort will pay off when you watch your favorite shows or play your favorite video games on a television with an amazing picture.

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