How to Set Up a Panasonic LCD HDTV

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All television manufacturers boost their TV settings for showroom displays, upping the contrast, brightness and other parameters to be visible in the higher-light environs of a showroom. Panasonic, as one of the premier consumer electronic names in flat-screen manufacturing, boasts one of the consistently best pictures of any major TV brand. Adjusted close to the desired D6500K color temperature standard, Panasonic displays a high-definition picture on either LCD or plasma screens that is stunning. Here's how to quickly get your Panasonic LCD HDTV close to that standard.

Things You'll Need

  • Any Panasonic LCD TV
  • Reference DVD
  • Professional technician, optional
  • Read the user manual, as least the sections on basic operations and picture adjustments.

  • This sounds like a no-brainer, but it is always a good idea to make sure the television turns on prior to mounting it on a wall. While it is upright, plug it in and power it up. Put batteries in the remote, and test-power it off and back on remotely.

  • Connect a receiver or antenna to the TV, preferably with an HDMI cable, alternatively with component video cable.

  • Panasonic ships their HDTVs preset at the "vivid" picture setting. Switch this setting to cinema or standard to get more accurate colors and reduced backlighting, closer to the way movies are made and sports are actually broadcast. This also prolongs the life of the display.

  • Panasonic and other manufacturers allow for individual adjustment of backlight, picture, brightness, color, tint, sharpness, and color temperature. A good general setting for Panasonic LCD TVs is: backlight setting at 0, the contrast (Panasonic labels contrast "picture") at +25, brightness at +5 and sharpness at -20. Set the temperature to cool to make skin tones a bit more real, usually representing a sligth bump in red.

  • Lower the brightness control enough to render the deepest blacks without losing dark detail. This can add richness and depth to the picture. Adjust color and tint controls to produce the natural, realistic skin tones. Take the time to find the ideal level for your viewing preferences.

Tips & Warnings

  • Depending on the desire for truly precise measurements, a professional installer can make the minute adjustments that deliver a "perfect" D6500K picture. The expense, however, is usually unnecessary for ordinary regular home use.
  • Certain Panasonic LCD HDTV models have an "auto" setting, which senses ambient light and adjusts the picture automatically, something that has long been featured in the Sharp AQUOS line. (Sharp's AQUOS LCDs are widely regarded as the best.)
  • Keep any flat screen upright. Never lay it down on its back or front sides.

References

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