The Right Preset for the Right Job
If you don't want to fiddle with the settings by yourself, use the factory presets. Most TVs come out of the box set to "Dynamic" or "Vivid" mode to make them more appealing on the showroom floor. While these settings amp up the intensity, they aren't natural or realistic and are best used for playing video games, watching an animation, or in very bright lighting. The "Standard" or "Natural" mode works well for standard definition programming and daytime viewing since it increases brightness and contrast to reasonable levels. Choose "Movie" or "Cinema" mode for high definition programming from DVDs or BluRays. This mode creates a picture similar to what you would find in the movie theatre.
A Little Fine Tuning
If you're willing to take the bull by the horns and fiddle with the picture setting menus yourself, here's some pointers for best results:
- Brightness: This setting doesn't actually make your HDTV brighter. What it does do is adjust the intensity of anything colored black. Generally blacks are too black out of the box. Lower it enough so that blacks remain black but you can still see details and definition in dark scenes; you've set it too low if blacks begin to look gray.
- Contrast or Picture: This setting controls the intensity of whites and is also usually set too high in the default mode. Adjusting it to about half of the maximum level will keep whites bright but preserve detail. You'll know it's set too low, if whites images seem to have a hint of color in them.
- Color or Saturation: Color is the most subjective of all the picture quality settings. Try and adjust the saturation when people are on the screen. Look for a level where skin complexion looks realistic and not tanned or sunburned.
- Sharpness: Sharpness artificially enhances the edges around images and pictures and when it's too high creates white or black lines around objects. Lower the sharpness to a bare minimum and if you can't tell the difference even then, turn it off altogether.
- Tint or Hue: Factory settings for these are usually correct, so no need to play with them.
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