Imagine getting a super deal on Black Friday to purchase a brand new TV with all the latest technology, and then during a game, looking at the All Blacks, you realise something is off. The images are not what you were expecting, and it is probably because you did not set up your TV right. After getting a new TV, you must ensure you do the proper settings to get the best viewing experience. There is no right way to set up a TV as there are so many factors to consider. These include the ambience, layout of the room, position of the TV, and others. In this article, you will learn some basic things to consider when setting up your new TV.
Position is important
Before getting into the settings, the first thing you should know is how to position your TV correctly. If a TV is not placed perfectly, it affects the images as the viewing angle is not the best. TVs are meant to be viewed head-on, meaning your eye line should be within one-third of the way down the screen. This means that placing your TV high up on the wall is not advised. If you want to wall-mount your TV, you should consider the eye line for the best viewing angle. Also, when your TV is too high, you have to crane your neck to watch it, and that can be pretty uncomfortable.
Selecting the view mode
Now that you got the position right, it is time to deal with specific settings. Though the menu options may differ, all TVs have a viewing mode. Usually, multiple viewing modes are pre-set into the system. Some of these viewing options may include Cinema, Vivid, Eco, Standard, Sports, and Game. Each viewing mode is best for a particular view, so using the Eco viewing mode may not be the best when playing a video game. So always make sure you select the appropriate viewing mode for whatever you are watching at any given moment.
With each viewing mode, you can further tweak the images to give the best images. To find the right balance, you may need to spend some time trying out some combinations. The main factors here are Contrast, Sharpness, and Brightness. You have to be quite patient when finding the best combination because adjusting one will affect the others.
This setting relates to the brightest and darkest parts of the screen. The difference between the two is what is known as a contrast. When the contrast is too high, you will lose the details in the brighter areas, and if it is too low, the image will look dull. To find a good contrast, you can look for an outdoor scene with some clouds on a sunny day and then pause it. The next step is to increase the contrast to the maximum and then bring it back down till you can get complete detail of the highlights in the image. The goal is to bring out the blue in the sky and make out individual clouds.
This is meant to make a soft image look bolder. The sharpness setting is not one to be trifled with much as it can distort the whole picture. So, just a minor tweak should suffice.
This setting deals with the shadows in the images and tries to make them lighter. To get the best setting, use a scene in a dark place or shadow, then turn the brightness down. Now increase it till you can make out all the finer details.