Ok, you just bought your 4K TV, have hooked it up to all your devices and are ready to see what the fuss is all about. Most people will be happy with how the TV operates right out of the box, but if you want to tailor it a tad to your own taste, you can accomplish this quite easily and quickly.
4K resolution is top-of-the-line picture quality which means it is often out of sync with the resolutions that are used by most current television programming and streaming content (DirecTV and Dish have now jumped into this arena with both feet but still have a lot of ground to cover) . Not to worry, all the mediums will soon catch up and offer more 4K content, and you will ready for it when they do. In the meantime, if you wish to customize your viewing experience, follow these simple steps:
Before connecting your TV and adjusting the settings, look to the light… and the seating
The amount of light that is present in the room where you set up your TV will positively or adversely affect the picture quality. No need to get all technical about, we can break it down pretty simply – rooms with mid to high level of lighting will work out well, unless your TV is facing an open window that is showered with sunlight. Overly dark rooms should be avoided, as they will slightly distort the colors on the screen.
Along with lighting considerations, set up your TV in a room where available seating faces the screen as much as possible. This will help to avoid glare and image distortion.
HDMI 2.0 is the Gateway to your 4K
If 4K picture is your priority then you need to shun all other inputs, such as component or composite input sources. The only way to obtain 4K picture is through an HDMI connection. Better still, make sure your 4K TV comes with an HDMI 2.0 port because it is the only port that delivers 4K at the proper frame rate. All regular HDMI connections are usually 1.4, which will play 4K, but at a reduced quality as they are primarily for 1080P and 720P.
What’s the deal with presets?
Just because picture settings are available does not mean that you will have toil with them when your new TV arrives. On average, the engineers of the TV have already set them at optimal levels. Remember, it is in their best interest for the TV to function at its highest capacity for their customers. However, if the picture quality is lacking when you get it, don’t sweat it. You don’t have to conduct a lengthy session of guesswork and trial and error if you are not tech savvy. This would include boosting or lowering sharpness, local dimming, and various other picture settings that may be available on your TV. A preliminary step you can take to improve the image quality is to ensure that the contrast ratio is set somewhere between 90 and 100 percent. This may well give your picture quality you were hoping for. If you have you mind set on further customization, simply call Sceptre tech support and one of the representatives will walk you through the picture presetting process.