Calibration is an important maintenance aspect of every television. No matter what type you buy, you should ensure it is calibrated properly for the best viewing picture you can get. LCDs in particular should be calibrated every three months. This can be done at home and is easy to do once you get the hang of it.
When you buy a LCD television at the store, it does not come out of the box with the same picture. Most stores enhance the picture using built-in calibration tools to make things look as best as they possibly can, sometimes this is the picture folks want at home and other times they want something a little more subtle. Calibrating your LCD will help you find the best picture quality for your set-up and television.
– Use the calibration tool that came with your TV
– Purchase a calibartion DVD, run it on the TV and follow instructions
Before you begin calibrating your LCD, read your instruction manual and find out the built-in features and tools. Each TV comes with its own calibration methods and knowing what your TV does is your first shot to getting the best picture quality in your home. Turn on the television 30 minutes prior to beginning calibration to make sure it is warmed up and at its peak efficiency.
Sit in front of your TV, like you normally would, at the day of the time you would generally be watching the majority of television. Turn on the lights, make sure the ones you use more frequently are on. You want to set yourself up as if you were watching TV like normal, in all the same conditions.
There are five primary calibration controls you will be adjusting: Black levels, white levels, sharpness, saturation and tint. Each TV has different names and controls for these, so refer to the manual if you have trouble finding them. Some LCDs come with pre-set watching levels for you to use depending on what you are watching. Sports, movies and even the news have different schemes that bring out the best picture quality.
Go through each control, one-by-one, until you see the crisp and clearest picture in front of you. It makes take some time to get it just right, but for now, do the best you can and you will most certainly see a difference. If you cannot find the right balance of settings, there are several DVDs you can purchase to help calibrate on screen with step-by-step guides.