How to Tune Your HDTV like a Pro
Most people really enjoy shopping in stores rather than online, and so that is where they usually like to buy most of their things. This also seems to be the case when it comes to shopping for TVs, TV tuners and other TV related items. People can get very excited when they find something they like in a store, only to get home and find that the excitement is gone and replaced by problems. This is because in shops, they display their products in the best possible way, showcasing only the maximum potential of their product and the tuning done in the store is usually not optimal for home use. For instance, in the case of an HDTV in the store, color is set to maximum, contrast is set to maximum and whatever else could be set at a maximum is also. While it is fine in the store, it is a little too much at home. When you get home, you will need to tune your TV so that it suits your preferences and matches the environment in your home. TV tuning is easy to do, requires only a few basic steps and is vital if you want to get the most out of your new HDTV.
Searching for and Programming Channels
The first step in TV tuning is searching for all the channels your TV can receive and programming those channels. In stores, TVs usually get their signal from a DVD player because generally speaking, there is no antenna set up at the store that can receive broadcast signals from towers or satellites, and there is no cable TV service. At home, you will have to hook your TV up to your signal source and search for channels. Go to the Menu and look for the search option. Different TVs use different words for this. Some say scan, seek or auto-find or other similar wordings. The TV will then usually automatically find and program in all the channels available in your area. You may have to do this more than once to tune the TV properly.
Once the TV channels are programmed, you can then move on to adjusting the picture to your liking. This is done by adjusting various display settings in your TV. Picture settings are the most important part of TV tuning. Menu options vary from one TV to another, but color, brightness and contrast are three basic setting that usually need to be adjusted.
Color: This adjusts the intensity of the color of your images and the balance between the colors. Vivid color settings are fine, so long as they are not too vivid.
- Color: This adjusts the intensity of the colors and the balance of the colors in your TV’s picture. While having vivid colors is nice, they can be too vivid if the settings are too high. Be sure to set them so they are nice and natural looking.
- Brightness: Adjust the brightness to match your room. Your TV will probably need a different brightness setting at home than it needed in the store. The lighting is never exactly the same in any two rooms.
- Contrast: Having too much contrast doesn’t always lead to better image quality. Make sure to set it just right.
Honing Your Skills
TV tuning does not end with the settings you find in the TV’s menus. It also involves finding the best place to put the TV, with the best light conditions, and where bright lights or sunlight doesn’t reflect off the screen and where everyone can see it clearly and the acoustics are best. You may have to try the TV in many places, using trial and error, before you find the perfect spot for your room. Proper tuning and placement will greatly enhance your enjoyment of your new HDTV.