How to get the best picture quality out of your TV
Some people are ok with massive reflections; some people go nuts even with the tiniest backlight bleed. In both cases, things can be improved as chances are your TV can look better than it does
As you know, devices such as WeTek Play 2, WeTek Hub or WeTek Core offer resolutions up to 4K UHD. We want to help you experience the image provided by our products at its fullest, so here are some suggestions for you to get the best picture possible.
You don’t even need to start fiddling with your TV settings to start getting those sweet improvements.
Did you know there are optimal viewing distances? It has to do with resolution and how far away you are from the screen. If you head to RTINGS, you’ll find a complete manual on this subject with a whole lotta science behind it and an interactive Distance Calculator.
It goes something like this.
Reflections wise, it is pretty evident that, ideally, the TV should not be facing a window. However, that’s easier said than done, as in most cases there’s simply nowhere else no place it. In case you cannot avoid the window, you can at least mitigate its annoying effect.
Using blackout curtains can be an excellent option, as they provide different degrees of blackout opacity that can go up to 100%. Moreover, they can be pretty stylish, so it’s not like you’re compromising the decoration of your living room.
Lights also cause nasty reflections and, although you may think you can simply turn them off, we wouldn’t recommend watching television in a totally darkened room, as it causes severe eye fatigue.
There are two options here: either get a neutral light behind your TV (like a cool lamp), which would work similarly to an Ambilight or set your backlight to as low as possible.
Fiddling with Settings
Your TV probably has various “levels” of settings.
For instance, on a very superficial level, you may cycle through presets such as vivid, natural, sports, cinema, game mode and so on. Going a bit deeper, you may control aspects like brightness, contrast, sharpness, color and a few more. Then, if you feel comfortable enough, you can fiddle with advanced configurations like backlights, color temperature, refresh rates.
There isn’t “a one fits all” configuration, but there are some common notions that you should be aware of.
Simulated refresh rates, which can assume many different names, can actually hurt your image quality if you’re not watching a sports match or similar. We would recommend to turn it off. Try using it when watching a football match or an F1 race and decide if it does anything good for you.
Careful with that thing! It’s sharp. Seriously, sharpness can be deceiving. You may think that cranking that setting to its maximum will work wonders. Because, why not, right? After all, sharp images equal awesome resolution! Wrong. Over-sharpening a picture just adds noise and edge ghosting. Because the source material wasn’t filmed that sharp, all you’re doing is adding post-processed detail that translates into an artificial-looking enhancement.
Cnet wonderfully simulated the exaggerated effect of too much sharpness.
While turning it all the way to 100 is usually damaging for the picture and, therefore we firmly advise against it, it’s not that we can say for sure that turning it to 0 is a guarantee of perfect image quality. This happens, because some models may interpret 0 as an active smoothen of the edges, which is a big no-no (it doesn't make sense really). Thus, you might wanna go with 50 as the most approximated to the source.
Blu-ray Setup Discs are a fascinating option is you’re looking to calibrate your monitor just by using your eye, as they provide many information resources as well as extensive test patterns that will guide you towards the perfect result.
The ultimate solution
Hire a professional. Really. There’s trained professionals with eagle eyes whose job is to calibrate monitors. These ISF-Certified calibrators can get quite expensive, though. Bestbuy, for instance, offers this service for around 250$...
Alternatively, should you have the time and money, you can enrol in an Imaging Science Foundation course and become an ISF-Certified calibrator yourself.