A new TV is a great thing. A new TV, right after it's taken out of the box, is not. To get the most out of your TV you need to adjust the settings, use the right cables, adjust your sources (like your cable box) and more.
Compiled here is a directory of everything you'll need to get your TV looking its best. Instead of one long article describing it all, it's broken down into sections so you can find just what you're looking for.
A good place to start is with the. It, like this guide, cuts through the jargon and explains what all the TV tech talk really means.
Buyer's remorse? Don't worry.
Buyer's remorse is incredibly common with TV purchases, as they're a lot of money, and there are always new models coming out. However, it's rarely worth waiting for or worrying about what's coming out next year. Check out to assuage your concerns.
If you bought your TV in a store, check out "." It's possible you got sold some items (*cough* *cough*) that you don't need.
Chances are, you've got a spot already set for your TV. If you're considering mounting the TV on the wall, make sure you read and . If you're flexible on placement, check out .
And even though you already bought a TV,has some notes on recommended seating distances that may come in handy.
If you have kids, it's worth considering.
Initial connections and settings
Curious how to set up your TV? Check out the appropriately titled " ," which covers cable and source connections.
Every TV will look better if you how to pick the best picture mode preset. At the very least, you . A much better option is a , which will let you fine-tune every setting. If you want to go to the next level, consider getting your TV ., starting with
Still not satisfied? How about "." This catch-all article covers sources, cables, and more.
One of the biggest changes in picture quality you can make is adjusting color temperature, or the "color" of white. So what is
Depending on your source, it's possible certain picture controls will be grayed out..
Are you a gamer? Most TVs have a Game mode that.
If yourfrom watching TV at night, it's probably worth adjusting your .
If there's weird blockiness in the image, it's probably not the TV. Check out
If motion looks weird, or if everything looks like a cheesy soap opera, it's a "feature" that's actually called the "." You can turn it off, thankfully.
Source setup (cable box, Blu-ray, etc)
Guess what? .
Make sure you set your cable box correctly. Most people should set it for 1080i,
You should connect your new TV with HDMI cables whenever possible. Fortunately, they're really cheap. Check out the.
It's also possible, depending on where you live, to.
Modern TVs are very reliable. Check out " " to get a general idea about lifespan.
A common rumor about plasma TVs is that you need to "break them in." This is rubbish.. Ostensibly this is to minimize chances of "burn-in," but burn-in .
Don't use Windex to clean your TV! Here's.
Because TVs are flat and usually reflective, reflections from in-room lights and windows can be annoying. Here's.
When you're watching some programming, it's possible you'll see a white line along the top of the screen. This isn't a malfunction of your TV, it has to do with .
After a new TV watching marathon, it's possible your eyes will feel sore.
If you bought a, you might be wondering why it doesn't say this when you're watching TV. It's because the TV is creating the 120 and 240 internally. Check out " "
If you're unsure why some things you watch look great, and others look fuzzy, blurry, or noisy, check out "."
If you're having trouble hearing the dialogue on your TV, you're not alone. It's also not necessarily your ears. The problem is that modern flat-panel TVs all have tiny speakers that sound terrible. Check out "."
Are you noticing weird blotches, especially during dark scenes? Chances are it's a uniformity issue, which is common with modern LCD TVs.
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