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TV Calibration Service Q&A

by Retired: Senior Social Media Specialist on ‎06-27-2013 02:47 PM - edited on ‎11-05-2018 04:11 PM by (48,938 Views)

What is calibration?


Essentially a calibration replaces the manufacturer’s settings to provide you with truer colors, sharper images, and a more dynamic viewing experience. Calibrations are the fine tuning of the internal picture of your HDTV. An individual that has had intensive training from the Imaging Science Foundation is authorized to perform this kind of work. They take into consideration the lighting, color range, and how your TV picture should look in your home.


Do I really need a calibration?


A calibration is performed with a specialized computer that goes into each mode on your HDTV to fine tune the picture to the standards of what you can see in theaters. Often times customers tend to think that they are able to personally calibrate their TV by changing the brightness on the HDTV or by putting the TV into different modes. Calibration is a great options if you want truly want the best picture possible out of your HDTV.


How often do I need to have my HDTV calibrated?


Eventually like all electronics your HDTV calibration will need to be updated for the best picture. Slowly with time a calibration starts to slip outside of the optimal settings with every day use. This is no different than you taking your computer to be updated periodically. It’s recommended to schedule a calibration yearly for the health of your HDTV.


How soon after purchasing my TV, should I have a calibration performed?


A new TV is super exciting, but there’s no rush in getting calibration done right away. It’s recommended for you to ‘break in’ your HDTV by watching it for a while to let the colors set.  After about 100 hours or 3-4 weeks, you are good to go with scheduling your calibration service.


To learn more about our how the Calibrations are performed you can check our Geek Squad page here for that service.