5 tips to calibrate your TV


More than half of consumers use their television out of the box. They do not bother to change the settings of the various image and sound parameters of the device. And is that the factory settings are not designed to offer the best results in each home. Rather, they are optimized for stores , in order to make them look attractive to potential buyers. Television manufacturers want the images on their screens to be very bright and colorful , so that they immediately capture the attention of the human eye.

The viewing conditions are different in each house . Neither the size of the room, nor the location of the appliance, nor the lighting, nor the materials and colors of the decoration are the same. So take a few minutes to properly configure your television. It is an operation that takes little time , but in the long run it pays off a lot. Fine-tuning the different parameters improves image and sound quality , which is adapted to each room. Another added benefit is reducing eyestrain , so viewers' eyes are less tired of being in front of the small screen. They are not the only advantages. Changing factory settings saves energy and increases the life of the appliance.


Calibrating the TV is very easy; just use the remote control. The first thing is to reduce the brightness of the TV . Excessive luminosity not only increases the cost of electricity, but is also detrimental to the spectator's eyes, especially in environments that are usually dark. The usual thing is that the device leaves the factory with full brightness. This implies that the image is constantly changing from very bright to very dark, and this represents an over-strain on the pupils, which must continually close and open. It is often enough to put it below 75 percent, and even close to half, depending on the conditions of the room.

Second, another very important issue in current models is choosing a suitable aspect ratio so that the shapes are not distorted or part of the image is lost. When available, the automatic can give good results; sometimes it is usually hidden under designations such as "native" or "complete." In other cases, it takes a bit of fiddling to discover the optimum, especially for watching TV shows. On the other hand, there are several functions that should be disabled , especially in many advanced televisions, such as dynamic brightness or contrast., which can also be featured as a dynamic backlight or black enhancer. The same happens with functions related to sharpness, noise reduction (digital) and the edge enhancer, also called super-resolution or resolution plus.

Modern televisions offer picture modes to make life easier for users. Depending on the content that you want to display on the screen (games, for example), there is a mode that collects specific settings for different parameters such as brightness, contrast, color and sharpness. Not all are equal, nor are they worth the same. Thus, movie or cinema modes consume less power than others such as dynamic or vivid.

Finally, most televisions on the market have their own automatic calibration systems or, at least, configuration aids . You just have to look for them in the menu of the device, and follow the instructions step by step. These systems are especially useful for making fine adjustments related to color temperature, color gamut, or gamma correction.