How to Get the Best Picture on a LCD HDTV

Updated April 17, 2017

Liquid crystal display high definition television sets are capable of producing bright, crisp images. However, just taking the television out of the box is not enough to achieve the best image possible. Televisions have different presets for different viewing purposes, such as standard, dynamic and movie settings. Changing these presets plus other minor adjustments, such as colour and brightness settings, on your television will drastically change the images and improve the picture quality.

Adjust the image to the type of programming you are watching. When you are watching movies, change the picture settings to the "Pro/Movie" preset. For video games, animation, or if your room has strong lighting, set the picture to "Dynamic/Vivid" preset. When you are watching regular television programming, set the preset to "Standard."

Adjust the brightness. Brightness will change the colour and brightness of black images on the screen. You want your brightness setting to allow for black images to look black and not grey on screen. If you notice black images appearing grey, your brightness is too high.

Adjust the contrast/picture. This adjust the colour level of white objects on the screen. You want the contrast/picture to display white images that are crisp and not blurred.

Adjust the colour and sharpness. Your colour preferences will vary but avoid extreme high and lows that make the image appear sunburned or cartoonish. Sharpness is also subjective to the individual and adjust the sharpness only helps low-quality images, such as standard broadcast but not DVD or Blu-ray movies.

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Richard Bonilla has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written video game, technology and sports content for various websites. He is a graduate of California State University-Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in rhetoric and composition.