All the Ways You're Setting Up Your TV Wrong

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All the Ways You're Setting Up Your TV Wrong

All the Ways You're Setting Up Your TV Wrong

Turn off motion smoothing

Motion smoothing or motion interpolation essentially adds frames to the picture. Movies and TV shows are usually recorded at 24 to 30 frames per second, but newer TVs can operate at 60, 120, or even 240 FPS. Motion smoothing estimates what would be in the "missing" frames and adds them. This setting is great for watching sporting events, but gives other content an artificial look (the soap opera effect, for example).

Sten says, "There's no TV show that can be improved by enabling motion smoothing. The same is true for movies, as you can see from this plea by Tom Cruise to turn off this setting.

Here's how to turn off motion smoothing on your TV

Motion smoothing is often enabled in your TV's default setting, so you may not have even noticed that it's on. But you should turn it off. Since there are different ways to change the settings on different TVs, I agree with Mr. Cruise, who recommends typing into Google, "turn off motion smoothing [your TV brand]."

Set your TV at eye level

It may not match the aesthetics of the room you're Netflixing and chilling in, but for the best viewing experience, your set should be at eye level. "Unless you have a very expensive OLED TV, most TVs won't work well if you're looking at them at an angle," Sten says.

So take your TV off the high shelf and place it at eye level with the sofa. Not only will it look better, but it will prevent neck discomfort.

Don't use your TV's built-in speakers

Many people don't realize how important sound is to enjoying movies and TV, and simply use the crappy built-in speakers that come with their set. Don't do that: I promise you that movies and TV shows will look better if they sound better.

Rey recommends spending 25% of your TV purchase budget on sound and 75% on the actual device, whether it's a soundbar or a system.

I've tried a few TV soundbars in my life and don't like them. So I recommend a decent stereo receiver and five speakers plus a subwoofer, but almost anything is better than the tinny sound from your TV's speakers.

Other improvements you can make to your TV.

The three improvements above are fairly basic, but if you want to dig deeper into improving your TV experience, check out this post, Change These Settings on Your New TV for a Better-Looking Picture by David Murphy of Lifehacker, and learn all about calibration, "judder," why you shouldn't use Eco mode, and more.
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