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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 2009-04-07, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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How to calibrate an LCD tv?

So we've had our Samsung 46" A650 for over a month now and love it.

Just wondering if you guys use a calibration dvd to setup your tv's? If so what do you recommend? Or any other methods?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 2009-04-07, 05:00 PM
 
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I did a google search with the model + calibration and found a site which optimized a 40 inch...I used those settings on my 46 inch and have left it as it looks great...

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Using settings posted on the web is unlikely to optimize the TV. Please see the following post on the topic of TV optimization.

FAQ - What You Need To Do To Your New HDTV


Here's the post on why you shouldn't use other people's settings for your final settings:

Sharp LC-45D40U Setup

57's Optimization Services (Home Theatre Optimization) . . . . 57's Home Theatre (Latest equipment & photos)
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If you want to calibrate a set you will most likely have to go into the service menu and one should really leave that to an isf calibrator with the proper equipment. Or if you dare venture on this route on your own, make sure you write down every value of every line because there is no reset in this menu.

If you want to set-up (I personally can't call it calibration without colour meters and other fancy equipment)your tv with the the options available to you (and on the Samsung it is actually pretty extensive, I know as I own one), I would recommend http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/. I ran this to my set through my ps3 and feel this site has given me the best results over any other method I have tried (calibration discs and such). All done by eye so I'm sure it's far from the 6500k standard, but I got it to look as best as my 34 year old eyes can see.
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Another option to perform a basic setup/calibration is the free AVS HD disc at avsforum, I'm in the process of using it for new A850 and it seems quite decent to me. You can find a copy at http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=948496
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I would recommend http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/.
I wonder about using the above images meant to set up a monitor to set up a TV rather than using images specifically designed to set up a TV.
Perhaps someone with a background in this can lend an opinion?
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 2009-04-08, 11:21 AM
 
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Your best bet is to get it professionaly calibrated. You will not be disappointed.
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Why not try the simple solution first and get yourself a DVE (digital video essentials) disc for a few bucks and calibrate with that before messing with service menus, especially if you're not experienced with it.

The DVE also has a nice tutorial that explains why you want to have the LCD set properly with the same values a CRT has instead of torch mode and overly bright colours and backlighting the way most sets come shipped from the factory. We had ours blazing until we set them up properly, it takes a couple of days to adjust to the look but when ever I see someones LCD in their home now I cringe.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 2009-04-09, 12:33 PM
 
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I use the THX Optimizer found on many DVDs, for example most Pixar titles like Finding Nemo. Samsung's allow you to set different calibrations for each input, so you might have to repeat the calibration for each. Samsung also has three modes, movie, standard and dynamic. I've set those for different lighting conditions or source material, for example, dynamic for video games or bright daylight, standard for computer work and movie for movies and low light. I really don't believe one setting can accomodate all source material.

You'll find the free and simple solutions will meet all your needs.
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