How To Calibrate an LCD TV

Before going into full-on couch potato mode after purchasing your lovely new LCD TV or rear projection TV, take time for a bit of calibration to ensure that you get the best viewing experience ever.

1. Find the best spot for your flat panel TV.
If this entails that you redecorate, then do so. Do take note that this is not just a simple revamping of your living room, but you would have to consider the conditions that you’d mostly be in whenever you watch television. Plasma screens have special features such as a wall mount, so consider what position would work best for you. Also consider the room’s lighting conditions. Make sure that your plasma screen won’t be subjected to glare or reflection of light.

2. Do a little research while resting.
After rearranging your furniture and while catching your breath, read your plasma TV’s manual. This article will give you the gist on what you’re supposed to do for calibration, but it’s best to also have a read of the manual provided specifically by your plasma TV’s manufacturer for instructions on how to do it. While reading, make sure you also turn the plasma TV on to have it ‘warmed up’ for about an hour at least before proceeding with the calibration.

3. Play around with your LCD TV’s settings and display options.

Make sure that you are at a distance you’d usually be in when watching, so that you get to calibrate it to the correct settings. Try first to adjust the settings based on your personal preference. The following are the settings you have to adjust:

  • Black Level, which is found under Brightness setting
  • White Level, usually referred to as Picture or Contrast
  • Sharpness, sometimes labeled as Detail
  • Color Saturation, or sometimes named simply as Color or Chroma
  • Color Tint or Hue

Adjust the settings to a level that you would be comfortable with and that would suit your taste. Just remember that the Black Level and White Level are generally for the lightness and darkness of the image, Sharpness is for its definition, Color Saturation and Color Tint are for the strength of the colors in the picture.

4. Utilize a Calibration DVD Tool for thorough calibration of your LCD TV.
You can use calibration DVD’s that have THX Optimizer so that you get a set of patterns for a much more comprehensive calibration. With such tools, you get a more thorough, step-by-step procedure to help you go about the process of calibration.

No matter how you go about the calibration process, whether by personal preference or with the aid of a calibration tool DVD, just make sure that it’s at a level that you prefer and you are comfortable with.


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