How to Set Up a Samsung HDTV

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How to Set Up a Samsung HDTV
The overall picture of a Samsung HDTV can be adjusted for optimum performance. (tv control and tv 3 image by chrisharvey from

Samsung is one of the leaders in HDTV and LCD development. It was among the first with wall-hung flat screens, super-slim cabinets and 3D HDTV. Samsung is also a good example of why screen calibration should be optimised in every viewing setting. The common issue of overly bright, edge-enhanced images calibrated for bright showroom displays among competing HDTV brands is brought into clear focus with Samsung HDTVs.

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    Choose the "Movie Mode" setting. This setting allows adjustment of all picture-setting options. For most Samsung LCD HDTVs, using this setting requires only minor tweaks for an outstanding picture.

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    Fine-tune the picture parameters in "Picture Settings." Set the following to these respective numbers, and adjust up or down to your personal preferences: "Picture Mode" --- "Movie"; "Color Temp" --- Warm 2; "Brightness" --- 47; "Contrast" --- 95: "Color" --- 49; "Tint" --- G49/R51; "Sharpness" --- 0; "Backlight" --- 7.

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    Adjust "White Balance" settings as follows, but adjust up or down thereafter to your personal preferences: "Red -- Offset" --- 28; "Green -- Offset" --- 25; "Blue -- Offset" --- 16: "Red -- Gain" --- 17; "Green -- Gain" --- 25; "Red -- Gain" - 17; "Blue -- Gain" --- 21.

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    Set the following settings for the "Black Level," "Noise Reductio" and "Auto Motion": "Gamma" --- minus 1; "Flesh Tone" --- zero; "Digital NR" --- Auto; "HDMI Black Level" --- Low; "Auto Motion" --- Standard.

Tips and warnings

  • The "professional" standard is to adjust to a colour temperature of D6500K (Kelvins), which is the colour temperature of natural daylight.
  • Warm up any HDTV for 20 minutes to a half-hour before attempting any calibration. This ensures that all the components of the display are at their normal operating temperature.

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