Sure, huge flat-screen TVs look great in the store, but what about when you
get one home?
At Consumer Reports, before every TV is tested, engineers adjust them for
the best picture quality.
"In the stores, the TVs are set up to really pop and catch your eye
underneath those bright fluorescent lights. But that's not the lighting you're
going to have in your living room."
The first thing you'll likely see when you turn on your new TV is the option
that indicates a "Home" or "Store" setting. Obviously, go for the "Home"
Next, you'll want to select the picture mode. Freeze the set on an image with
faces and plenty of detail.
"Check the picture options in your menu. If your TV has a 'THX' mode,
then go with that. If not, then look for settings called 'Movie,' 'Cinema,'
or 'Pro.' Any one of these settings should give you the most natural-looking
You'll see modes like "Vivid" or "Dynamic," but avoid those! While they
might sound good, the picture ends up overly bright and harsh, like this.
There are also a number of settings you should turn off completely,
including "Noise Reduction" and "Edge Enhancer." You should also turn off
the "Power Save" mode.
"In general, you want to turn the 'Blur Reduction' features on to get the
sharpest picture in fast-moving scenes. But this is often coupled with
a 'Motion Smoothing' feature that you want to turn off, because it's going to
make film content look more like a soap opera, which is not ideal."
Follow this advice to get a great picture on your TV. After all, that's why
you bought it!
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