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Vizio E701i-A3 picture calibration settings

by katzmaier CNET staff/forum admin / December 20, 2012 4:46 AM PST

Review:
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/vizio-e701i-a3/4505-6482_7-35477664.html

Related products:
Vizio E601i-A3

Calibration report using these settings:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/117539057/Vizio-E701i-A3-CNET-review-calibration-results

TV software/firmware version tested: 1.1.4

Below you'll find the settings I found best for viewing the Vizio E701i-A3 in a dim room via the HDMI input. Your settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9996461-1.html

Calibration notes: The 70-inch Vizio was a near-match for its 60-inch brother during calibration, so excuse me if this note is as well.

As usual Vizio's Movie mode provided the best picture settings without any adjustment, although it was a bit too dim in our dark room (32 fL), and even dimmer with its ambient light sensor set to the default Medium setting. Its grayscale was solid, however, although gamma was way too dark.

My calibration improved nearly all of these issues. I was able to mostly correct gamma by disabling the DCR backlight control. Doing so made black levels a bit worse (0.0098 with it Off, 0.0048 with it on) but in my view that's still worth the tradeoff for substantially better gamma. I barely had to touch the grayscale to get it nearly perfect, and it remained admirably linear in all but the darkest areas. As for color the most important areas--primary luminance and secondary hue--were very good, but red did appear skewed toward orange and blue saturation also suffered. Perhaps a good CMS could correct these problems, but Vizio doesn't offer one.

---Picture settings menu---
Picture Mode: Movie
Backlight: 58
Brightness: 50
Contrast: 75
Color: 49
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 0

---Size & Position submenu---
[no change]

---Color Temperature submenu---
Colour temperature: Normal
Red Gain: 106
Green Gain: 107
Blue gain: 116
Red offset: 128
Green offset: 128
Blue offset: 128

--Advanced Picture submenu---
Smooth motion effect: Off
Real Cinema Mode: Smooth [grayed out]
Noise Reduction: Off
MPEG NR: Off
Color Enhancement: Off
Adaptive Luma: Off
Film Mode: Auto
Backlight Control: Off
Ambient Light sensor: Off

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great advice!
by mfisher08 / June 16, 2013 9:09 AM PDT

These settings actually helped us decide to keep the tv. Was very close to returning the tv. Thanks for your help!

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Any suggestions for sports settings?
by panamachris / September 22, 2013 1:33 AM PDT

Love your post and used all of your recommendations. Is there anything for sport settings? The sides of the tv seem to be off and stretchy during football.

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My TV does not have a Movie Mode setting.
by edbicycles / January 7, 2014 4:06 PM PST

It has a calibrated , calibrated dark, game, vivid, standard, and computer picture modes only.
The advanced settings also are missing some of your submenus.. My vizio model is the m701 a3r do you have any calibrations for my 70" m series razor ?

Thanks
Ed

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vizio E701i-A3r
by vashthegamer / August 23, 2014 3:28 AM PDT

hey im having the same issue as you. did you ever find the optimal picture setting for this TV?

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