If you have a television with Android TV, you are going to enjoy the best operating system (in our opinion) in terms of applications, fluidity and customization. Precisely this last option opens the doors for your television to show the best possible image quality according to its characteristics, as long as you configure it properly. If you are not sure how to do it, we will explain it to you step by step and what is important about each parameter.
Keep in mind that a correct configuration of the image will allow you to adjust the screen not only to the type of content it is showing (because watching a football game is not the same as watching a series as dark as ‘Game of Thrones’), but also to the environment you are in.
How to configure your Android TV to see better
To configure your Android TV television with the best image quality, turn it on, take the remote control and follow the following route: go to Settings (those of the TV, not those of the OS) > ‘device preferences‘ > ‘Image‘.
There you will find two options, the preset settings or the possibility of manually modifying the different available parameters:
- image mode: ‘Live’, ‘Standard’, ‘Sports’, ‘Cinema’, ‘Games’… are some of those available on my Sony smart TV. The advantage of opting for these preset settings is comfort and practicality, since you save having to configure the parameters one by one for each usage scenario. Thus, if you opt for ‘Sports’, for example, you will benefit from a configuration optimized for fast-moving images.
- Personalized. It may be within the list above or under ‘Advanced’ (or even appear separately), allowing you to adjust variables separately such as ‘Backlight’, ‘Brightness’, ‘Contrast’, ‘Saturation’, ‘Warmth’ and ‘Sharpness’ ‘. Although there is the option of trying until you find what you like best, it is easier to search the internet for the make and model of your TV and what calibration recommendations there are.
However, it is important to be clear about what each parameter is for and why it is important in the overall result of the image.
The four most important patterns to calibrate a TV
If you find the preset modes impersonal or do not satisfy you, in addition to taking a look at the specific recommendations, we recommend that you spend some time play with these parameters until you find the configuration that you like the most.
To simplify the process, we provide some videos that can be viewed both on YouTube for the configuration or downloaded and transferred to the TV with a USB memory to play them. The idea is to reproduce patterns and modify parameters according to your interpretation, as you can see in an extended way in this Xataka Home tutorial. Although the adjustment options of your TV may vary, the parameters are common:
- Glow. It is used to vary the depth of the blacks on the screen, which translates into configuring how the TV behaves in the darkest scenes. Taken to the maximum, the blacks will appear gray and we will lose intensity, so the ideal is to find a balance between deep blacks and sufficient brightness so as not to lose quality. The following video can help us to calibrate the TV (SDR) with a method: get level 16 of the image to be as black as possible and from 17 to flicker, with all pulling towards gray. To configure it, put the brightness to the minimum and go up.
- Contrast. It is used to manage the white level of the TV. With the contrast at maximum, we will see images with a lot of intensity, but oversaturated in light areas. To adjust the contrast, set it to maximum and play the next video, lowering it until levels 230 to 234 are flashing.
- Sharpness. This parameter modifies the detail of the image, but it does not mean that by setting it to the maximum we will see better. In fact, if we go too far, we will find “saw teeth” on the edges and more aggressive textures. Find the balance by following this pattern video (which also works for contrast, brightness and color adjustments): look at the top of the circle and keep adjusting until you see the clearly differentiated bars.
- Color. Modifies the saturation level of the tones. If we set it to a minimum, the colors will be washed out and less intense. At maximum, the image will be oversaturated. Although it is a very personal parameter, the ‘Cinema’ or ‘Movie’ modes offer a good balance from which it is easy to tweak minimally to our liking. However, with the pattern video below these lines you can adjust the color, the key is that you can see each color band clearly differentiated and at the same time, see all the tones well.
I want the best image quality: our recommendation
After going through the preset modes and main viewing settings, our recommendation for most is choose Cinema/Movies mode and these are our reasons.
First of all, let me warn you that Cinema mode is not activated by defaultsince usually the image we see is in ‘Standard’ or ‘Dynamic’ mode, designed to be attractive to the eye, with vivid colors (especially the dynamic one) that attract attention at first but eventually end up tiring, since they use to work with brightness, colors and contrasts to the maximum, as well as a somewhat artificial image processing.
Why select cinema mode? Because it is a mode that represents the image and sound more faithfully to the original signal, which translates into enjoying the highest quality and visual impact. Although it is clearly the best mode if what we watch the most are movies and series, it is also useful if we put programs such as news, documentaries… From this point on, and if you wish, you can tweak some parameters if you deem it convenient.
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