Sharp Aquos LC-40LE810UN LED LCD HDTV
A 40-inch TV with a zany twist: yellow pixels. With a modest cost and Netflix streaming, we really wanted to like it.
We calibrate our televisions using a spectrophotometer, in conjunction with DisplayMate calibration software. You may view our optimized settings below, based on performance in a dark room. In addition to these settings, there is a granular series of Color Temperature sliders, as well as Hue, Saturation, and Value color adjusters. Beyond this, gamma may also be adjusted.
Calibration for televisions is frequently a trade-off of some kind. In addition to the calibrations we settled upon below, we tried lowering the contrast to its default 30. While this reduced the red peaking problematic in this display, it also had a slight negative effect on many color and black & white scores. The reason we chose not to use this version, though, was that it crushed all dark shades into black–quite severely. Losing detail in some reds is definitely not as relevant as losing detail in all dark shades.
All of our calibration is done in conjunction with the DisplayMate software.
The Sharp LC-40LE810UN offers a selection of video modes to function as a starting point for your own calibration. One of them supports the xvYCC wide color gamut, if you should happen to have access to video filmed in xvYCC.
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