How To Tune Up Your TV For The Super Bowl

If you were really lucky over the holidays, you got a big screen TV. Maybe even the perfect set to watch the NFL’s biggest night – the Super Bowl!

Most of us though, aren’t in the market for a new television any time soon. If your budget won’t allow for the latest and greatest, don’t worry. There are still ways to give your current set a pregame tune-up.

Consumer Reports has some simple do-it-yourself suggestions on how to get any TV bowl ready. James Willcox of Consumer Reports told CNN, “A lot of people bring a TV home. They may have set it up once, maybe they didn’t even set it up, they just left it with the factory settings. And in most instances, that’s not going to get you the best picture quality.”

To improve your picture quality, start with a review of the menu of preset picture modes.

“A lot of times it may be set to a “vivid” mode, which is going to be overly bright, or it might be set to an “echo” mode, which is going to make the TV look dim,” Willcox explained, “So automatically, the first thing that you could do is use one of the presets that’s going to give it a more natural looking picture, and this is typically a “movie” or “theatre” mode or a custom” mode or a “normal” mode.”

For additional fine-tuning you can adjust black and white settings, then color and tint. Colors should look vivid and realistic without a glowing effect. Flesh tones should look as natural as possible. For sharpness, try to resist setting the levels too high. Extra-crisp edges can create an unnatural effect.

If you fiddle around too much with the settings and aren’t happy with the results – just hit your TV’s reset button to start over with factory settings.

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