How to Adjust Your Sharp LCD

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A Sharp LCD display is capable of presenting pictures with a high level of fidelity. To achieve this fidelity it is necessary to adjust your display using three primary settings. Use "contrast" to control the look of bright colors, "brightness" to control how dark colors will look, and "backlight" sets the brightness of the screen as a whole. Using these controls, you can tune your display with accuracy, giving you a crisp clear image.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp LCD
  • Pause-ready video source
  • Turn off as much light in the room where the display located. Turn on the display and tune it to a picture source. Find a scene that contains lots of black in the image and pause the picture.

  • Enter the set up menu and scroll to the “stretch mode” entry, choosing the “Side Bars” entry so that your display shows black bars on both sides of the picture sandwiched in the center of the screen. Place the backlight on the display to the lowest setting. This will set the side bars to as black as your display is capable of showing.

  • Set the “brightness” setting on the display to -5. Adjust the brightness one point at a time until the edge of the sidebar appears against the blackness of the paused image. Take a point of brightness away so that the edge disappears again. This is the best brightness setting for your particular Sharp display. Move the brightness below this setting and other colors will merge and appear to be black. Above this setting and black colors will appear grey. Either choice means you lose image detail and quality.

  • Find a new source consisting of a bright image with bright colors, including lots of white color with details within the white, to adjust the contrast of your display. An image with a white wrinkled shirt would be good for you to use as a source image.

  • Adjust the “contrast” setting downward until the white in your chosen image turns grey. Raise the setting a point at a time until the wrinkles in the shirt begin to disappear. When you reach this view, lower the contrast until the wrinkles reappear and the shirt retains its brightest level of whiteness. This is the best contrast setting for your display.

  • Choose the proper color saturation for your display. Too much saturation and colors appear unrealistic and cartoonish, too little and they appear dulled. Set the saturation using the temperature control. Find a still image with lots of red in it. Choose the “warm” option or 6500 degrees Kelvin. If the picture appears too red, up the setting of the option to medium. Locate a image with the close-up of a face ad adjust the “color” setting of your display. Increase the color until the face is overly red, then lower the setting until the skin-tone displays a natural hue.

  • Choose “OPC (Optical Picture Control)” from the menu settings for your display to turn on Sharp’s light sensor. This sensor detects the amount of light in your room and adjusts the backlight to provide the proper light necessary for optimal viewing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose the best video source image possible for setting your images, a blu-ray movie will provide a perfect image when paused for your adjustments.

References

  • Photo Credit David Becker/Getty Images News/Getty Images
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