Changing the picture and sound settings on a TV

You'll want the picture and sound from your TV to be at its best, and there are a few settings you can check to change anything that's not right.

Changing the settings

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These settings can be found on most TVs, but some of the more specific ones might look a bit different, depending on the model. Settings can be changed with your TV remote, or by using the buttons on the TV itself.

Picture mode

Most TV's have a 'picture mode' setting where you can choose from some preset settings. You'll usually have options like 'Normal', 'Game', 'Cinema' or 'Dynamic'. Choose the one that matches what the TV will be mostly used for.

Brightness

This setting changes the 'black levels' on the screen. This means that if you turn it down, anything dark onscreen will be even darker. Try pausing the TV on a dark or night time scene while you change the brightness. Ideally, the black should look black, not grey. Change the 'contrast' at the same time for the best picture.

Contrast

This setting is the opposite to brightness, and controls the 'white levels' on the screen. Turning it up will make anything light onscreen lighter. When setting the contrast, you should have a scene or picture up that's got lots of light areas. You might need to go back and adjust the brightness again, because the two can affect each other.

Colour and saturation

This setting controls the depths of the colours you see onscreen. At its lowest setting, this makes your picture look almost like an old black and white TV. At its highest setting the colours will swamp and blur the details from a picture. Different people do prefer different colour intensities, so you should choose something that suits you.

Tint and hue

This changes the red and green tints to the colours onscreen, and you'll see the effect mostly on skin tones. A lot of the time, you won't need to change it at all, but if you're finding that skin tones appear slightly green or red, you might want to change it to make things look a bit more natural.

Sharpness

This can be a misleading setting because it doesn't change the clarity or the level of detail that you'll be able to see. Instead, it tries to boost the edges of objects so that they stand out more. If it gets turned up too high, things can start to look like they've got a strange glow around them, while other bits might look grainy. Turn the sharpness effect down until it goes away.

Sound

There'll be some different options in this section, depending on your TV and how it's set up. It also depends whether you're using a sound bar or the TV's speakers.

If you're using the built-in speakers, then you'll be able to change some of the settings in the menu. You can choose to set the speakers up depending on what's being played; 'Music', 'Film', 'Documentary' etc.

 

Hopefully you're all sorted now, but if you need any extra help, you can get in touch with a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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