Your Samsung HDTV has been calibrated at the factory to provide the best viewing experience for a wide variety of environments. But not everyone enjoys the same type of image. Some like it hot, with vibrant, saturated colors; others prefer more natural, subdued tones. You might like a very bright display, but someone else might like a muted picture that calls less attention to itself. Whatever your taste, the calibration settings in your TV will let you control all of these factors and more.

Why calibrate?

Correct calibration will ensure you’re seeing the best possible image your TV can display. You didn’t go to all the effort of purchasing a new HDTV just to settle for second best, did you?

Calibrating your TV properly will ensure colors are accurate — no more hot pink skin tones — and that there’s an appropriate balance between light and dark areas on the screen. A properly calibrated TV will show the night sky as black instead of gray, for example, and people hidden in the shadows will appear dim, but will still be visible.

When to call a professional

Most viewers can calibrate their TVs by themselves, but if you're a real stickler for perfection, it might make sense to use a professional calibration expert.

Certified calibrators have access to a variety of sophisticated tools to do the job right. A pro can, for example, take into account the typical ambient lighting in the room when configuring your TV and optimize the video signals coming from your cable box or Blu-ray player. A calibrator can also optimize your speakers and audio settings to make your television sound better, too — and he or she will be able to show you the differences in picture and audio quality before and after the changes have been made.

How to do it yourself

If you do decide to tackle calibration on your own, you'll get best results by following a few tips.

Hit the Menu button on your Samsung TV remote and navigate to the “Picture” settings. Here you’ll find many options to calibrate your set. There are numerous ways to get started, and most users simply take a trial-and-error approach to setting the various options. But it pays to be more methodical:

  • Start with a high Contrast setting, mid-level Brightness, and low Sharpness setting. Settings like Color and Tint should be left in the middle.
  • From there, you can start experimenting with lower Contrast and higher Brightness and Sharpness settings.
  • Test your configuration with a variety of sources — TV, movies, sports and games — to see what looks best. Pay special attention to skin tones, which are often the most difficult to get right.

If the basic settings don’t quite do it, you can get a more precise adjustment using a calibration DVD. These DVDs are available through online retailers and will take a lot of the guesswork out of the operation, walking you through the steps of tweaking color and brightness settings to ensure they’re the best your TV can display.

Whichever method you choose, taking the time to properly calibrate your TV will assure you get the picture you paid for.

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