How to Configure Your New TV Set Settings
In this blog I am going to share with you the top tips on how to configure a new tv set settings.
What an excellent time to be alive! TV prices have come down, there are loads of options to choose from, and HDR is on point. I recently got myself a brand new 4k TV so that I can enjoy my Spectrum TV plans to the fullest. However, once I had it set up, I faced a host of new features and quirks I had not seen before.
As TVs get smarter, manufacturers tend to load them up with extra features and settings.
Knowing what to change will give you the optimum TV experience you might otherwise not get.
So what settings do I need to change?
With a lot of experimentation and Googling, I managed to get the optimum image quality out of my TV finally. Unlike you guys reading this, I couldn’t find a proper guide to play around with. It got me in the mood to create a shortlist of features you may need to toggle. The most important features that require some changes are as follows:
- Edge Enhancement
- Black Tone
- Dynamic Contrast
- Live Color/Flesh Tone/HDR+
- Black Level/Color Space
- Game Mode
- 24p Playback
Let’s discuss how to configure new Tv set settings
The Edge Enhancement feature is present on most TV’s and is intended to sharpen the image quality. In theory, this sounds exciting, but in practice, it causes artifacts to appear when over-sharpened. You may see halo effects and other artifacts that will interfere with your viewing experience. In most cases, unless you are calibrating your TV, this feature is best turned off.
Black Tone is an exciting feature that attempts to make black areas look even darker. However, in reality, it is not possible to make your TV’s black areas any darker. What this feature does is make gray areas blacker. It will cause you to lose some details in the image display. To keep your viewing experience as natural as possible, keep Black Tone switched off.
Dynamic Contrast is a feature intended to make bright areas brighter and dark areas darker. It makes the picture seem more vivid. However, in the process, it compromises on whites and blacks in the picture, which results in reduced detail.
It can also cause color banding or, put, show inaccurate colors as compared to the natural image colors. To make sure you get the most amount of detail in the display, its best to switch this feature off.
Live Color/Flesh Tone/HDR+
All three of these features employ post-processing techniques to enhance the color in the image. Live Color saturates the colors, while Flesh tone is intended to make skin look vibrant. HDR+ modes make regular content look more like HD resolution.
It sounds pretty fun when you do not have an excellent cable service. These are all great features to have, but unnecessary when you are watching a movie that has been mastered correctly. Most Cable TV provider already shows well-mastered content, so the features are somewhat redundant. It is best to switch off these post-processing features for images as close to natural as possible.
Black Level/Color Space
Also known as RGB Range or HDMI Range, this feature decides how color signals are processed on your TV. Ideally, if your TV has an auto setting for this feature, you should leave it there. In case your TV does not allow you to set this to auto, set it to “Low” or “Limited” for the best image results. If you have devices like gaming consoles or set-top units, you should ensure they are also set to “Limited.”
It bears notice that the “Full” setting is only to be used when using your TV as a PC monitor screen.
As the name suggests, Game Mode intend is to use when playing video games on your TV. What this feature does is lower the input lag between the time you press buttons and your presses registering on-screen. On specific TV’s, reducing input lag can somewhat compromise image quality. Try out this model on your specific TV and see if the image quality is substantially reduced. If this happens, then only use Game Mode for when you are gaming. Otherwise, you should keep it switched off.
24p Playback is more commonly known as Pure Cinema or Real Cinema, depending on your TV. Instead of using the conventional 3:2 pull-down technique, this feature makes your TV play movies at 24fps. The mechanics behind these different techniques are complicated, but the result is evident.
24p Playback reduces stutter when playing TV shows or movies. Many TV’s do this automatically, so there is no need to toggle the setting. However, on the other hand, some TV’s can do it at all. Check your TV is setting menu, and if the feature exists, you should turn it on.
There are so many different TV manufacturers and brands; it is almost impossible to cover all their various settings. My method of getting the best out of my Spectrum packages service took me a few days of careful experimentation. However, this blog will have given you the basics of how to configure a new tv set settings. and also adjusting your TV to optimum image quality. I hope that this will save you the time and effort to calibrate your TV or hire a calibrator. Let us know if any settings on your TV should be on this list.