How Do I Calibrate an HDTV Vizio?

Vizio flat screens, depending on the model purchased, offer a dizzying array of picture settings, profiles and adjustments. Complicating this fact is the additional fact that viewing preferences are particularly personal. There is no absolute right setting, though many standards have been advanced for so-called "optimum" settings. Re-setting or re-calibrating the a Vizio LCD HDTV is easy, done via the "Menu" button on the set itself or through the remote control. Many Vizio calibration settings are useful; others are largely unnecessary. But the ultimate judge is really you, the buyer, when it comes to calibrating a Vizio LCD.

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The overall picture of any HDTV can likely be adjusted for better performance.

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Adjust brightness, contrast and sharpness. These are the most basic picture settings that are often over-enhanced for display purposes in showrooms.

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Adjust more minute "Picture Settings." Set the following to the respective numbers, and adjust up or down to your personal preferences: "Picture"-"Custom," "Back Light"-24, "Brightness"-83, "Contrast"-72, "Color"-44, "Tint"-1 and "Sharpness"-2.

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Set a further array of "Color Temperature Settings" to these respective numbers, gleaned from professional testing: "Starting Point"-"Normal," "Red"-161, "Green"-128, "Blue"-170, "R-Offset"-132, "G-Offset"-128 and "B-Offset"-128.

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Use "Reset" if your TV model features it. This is a fine-tune touch that offers the option of changing individual picture settings without changing any other adjusted settings. This allows you to compare individual calibration elements for your personal preference and/or program source.