How To Calibrate Your HDTV in Three Easy Steps

How To Calibrate Your HDTV in Three Easy Steps

Anthony Nguyen
May 18, 2010

Just thrown down some hard cash on that brand spankin' new LED HDTV for the summer? We bet you need some tips on proper calibration. Even if you HDTV doesn't have the best black levels out there, here's a simple 1-2-3 guide for you that's so easy that you'll be wishing TV manufacturers would place it on their packaging to begin with.


  1. Crank brightness and contrast down to zero.
  2. Increase contrast to 90% of maximum, then slowly increase brightness to its highest level while black is still black.
  3. Now just fine tune to your personal preference and you're good to go! (The Telegraph has a nice in-depth guide if you wanna go crazy with things like sharpness and color levels)

Easy, right? Of course, if you're really trying to get the best picture quality from your set, you'd invest in one of those HDTV calibration kits, but seriously - who in their right mind has time to go through all the trouble. We've got more important things to do... like watching 9 By Design on Bravo.

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