How do I make my LCD tv clearer?

Updated April 17, 2017

LCD televisions are flat-panel TV sets capable of receiving high-definition input signals. If you purchased an LCD television and are unhappy with the picture quality, chances are you need to properly set up the picture settings and ensure that you are using the best input signals for a clear picture. Adjusting the settings on your television set and connecting high-definition broadcasting devices to your TV are two things that you can do to give you a clearer and more enjoyable viewing experience.

Connect a Blu-ray player to your LCD TV instead of a DVD player, using component cables or an HDMI cable. Blu-ray players output high-definition signals (720p or 1080p) and offer better picture quality than standard DVD players. Most Blu-ray players also "up-convert" standard DVDs to further improve the quality of the non-HD media.

Connect a DVR cable box to your television using component cables or an HDMI cable. Talk to your cable provider about high-definition cable and high-definition channels. Note that not all channels are HD, and high-definition channels may also broadcast non-HD programs and commercials.

Connect high-definition gaming systems, such as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, to your television using component or HDMI connector cables. These systems broadcast games in HD. Be aware, however, that you may need to enable the high-definition option in the system settings menu.

Go into your LCD television's options menu and locate the picture-settings section. The process for doing so will vary based on the model of television you own. Many LCD TVs have preset picture options from which you can choose.

Select a preset option, such as "Dynamic/Vivid," "Standard," "Game" or "Movie/THX," based on your preferences. Each option drastically changes the specific colour, brightness, contrast and sharpness of the television to an optimised preset.

Adjust the picture options further to tweak the preset so that it looks even clearer. Turn the brightness down so that black colours remain dark but you can still see details in dark scenes. This helps to separate the dark and white colours on the television, lending to better contrast.

Adjust the television's contrast to approximately 50 per cent or less. This makes the white colours on the television less blinding and more realistic and clear.

Turn down the sharpness significantly, to no higher than 10 to 15 per cent. Sharpness creates an unrealistic "edgy" look. Save the settings and exit the TV's options menu.


When connecting external devices to your television, always use component cables or an HDMI cable for high-definition input. Play an HD game, movie or channel while you adjust the picture settings on your television so that you can see the results of changes you make on picture quality.

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Dustin Thornton has been writing since 2003. He has served as a newspaper columnist for the "Troy Tropolitan" and a contributor to various websites. Thornton received a partial scholarship for an outstanding essay in 2003. He has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Troy University.