Q. I bought a gorgeous new HDTV so I could throw my first Super Bowl party. I wasn’t very happy with the picture quality or sound, though. My guests didn’t seem to see much of a problem (probably because a lot of them are Ravens fans), but what do you think? Did I get a bad HDTV? Should I try to return it?
-Angie, from Asheville, NC, listens to my national radio show on WPEK 880 AM.
A. Well, I’m glad your party went well in spite of your TV woes, Angie! I doubt you have a malfunctioning model. It’s more likely your TV just came out the box with the wrong settings.
Fresh-from-the-factory TVs need to be calibrated to their environment so they can look their best. If you bought a floor model TV, it’s probably even worse than normal.
Those sets have heavily tweaked saturation and hues designed to catch your eye in fluorescent lighting. In a home environment, however, it looks terrible.
You could pay an expert to set your TV up the right way, but unless you’re creating up a high-end home theater, you can get adequate results doing it yourself.
There are two ways to fix your TV’s picture. The first is easy, free and will noticeably improve image quality.
Set your HDTV to its movie mode and play a disc. It should be a scene with good lighting.