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Sharp Aquos LC-40E67UN LCD HDTV Review

40 in.

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Calibration

Calibration Summary
{{article.attachments['Sharp-LC-40E67UN-vanity.jpg']}} • Our calibrated settings include turning down brightness and contrast from the defaults • A good selection of picture modes are on offer • Calibration done using DisplayMate Software
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Calibration


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Televisions rarely come out of the  box with optimal picture quality. To make sure we're scoring TVs based on their optimal performance, we first calibrate them. To do this, we use the calibration procedure in DisplayMate, as well as taking measurements with a CS-200 ChromaMeter.

Below is a chart that outlines the changes we've made. If a setting isn't listed below, we left it at the default settings. Feel free to use these settings as the basis for your own calibration, but remember that these settings aren't optimized for your own personal viewing environment, so your best settings may vary. In particualr, we test LCD TVs with the backlight at maximum, which is not an ideal setting if you watch in a dark environment. If you really want the best quality, you should pay a professional to bring their own CS-200 ChromaMeter into your viewing area and calibrate the TV for you.

Setting Default Calibrated
Picture Mode Movie
OPC On (display) Off
Backlight 16 16
Contrast 30 13
Brightness 0 -16
Color 0 -5
Tint 0 0
Sharpness 0 0
Color Temperature Middle Low
Active Contrast On Off
Digital Noise Reduction Middle Off

We disabled the OPC (Optical Picture Control) feature because this uses a light sensor to adjust the brightness of the backlight, and we have found that this interferes with our results. Likewise, the Active Contrast feature was disabled because this dynamically adjusts the contrast of the screen, which adversely affects our test results.

 

Video Modes


The LC-40E67UN has several video modes on offer, but these are a little hard to find. To change the mode of the display, you have to flip up the cover at the bottom of the remote and hit the AV Mode button; they cannot be accessed through the on-screen menu.

Mode What it Does
Standard For everyday use. Backlight is set to medium.
Movie For movie viewing. Backlight is set to maximum, but OPC is enabled.
Game Disables video processing that can cause lag.
PC Similar to Game mode; disables video processing
User Custom, user defined settings
Dynamic (fixed) Puts most settings on auto, and does not allow them to be customized
Dynamic Puts most settings on auto, but does allow for some customization

One unusual touch here is that each input can have a specific mode associated with it, so you could set one input (such as the Cable input) to use standard mode, and another (such as one of the HDMi inputs from a Blu-ray player) to Movie mode. As you switch between the inputs, the display will automatically change modes as well.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Vizio VO370M
  14. Vs LG 37LH30
  15. Vs Toshiba Regza 40XV645U
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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