Using Online Forums to Calibrate Your TV

There's no question that flat screen HDTV's provide stellar video. Problem is, the suckers are never properly calibrated when you bring them home. Countless nerd magazines and websites suggest calling in an expert to help you fine tune your image, but who has time to do that? Next best option: the Internet.

For months we've been a bit frustrated with our Samsung's video output. It's detailed for sure, but a bit too dark for our tastes. Futzing around with the settings helped, but we were a bit lost on what exactly to tweak to improve quality. Looking for some guidance, we went online to see if anyone else was having the same problems. That's when we discovered that plenty of TV owners share their calibration data via online forums. In fact, we even found someone who chronicled, step-by-step, how they used special calibration hardware to tweak the very model TV we were struggling with, and included detailed settings information we could just plug in to our own TV.

Getting this cheat sheet was the equivalent of scoring Kid Icarus cheat codes when we were younger. We felt empowered without feeling totally lost and out of our league. Have you guys ever looked to online forums to help with fine tuning your new tech?

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