The settings listed on this page are the results of our Samsung KS8500 UHD LED TV calibration. They work for most content, especially for movie watchers. If you want to have the best gaming experience with this TV we would advice enabling 'Game Mode' which is located in the 'Special Viewing Mode' menu.
For HDR gaming, once that game is enabled, increase the backlight to max, set the 'Color Space' to 'Native' and set 'Smart LED' to high.
On Samsung TVs, the 'Movie' picture mode is closer to our calibration goal so we always pick this first. To enable game mode, select it from the 'Special Viewing Mode'.
We set 'Backlight' at 3 to get as close to 100 cdm2 as possible. This is suitable for a totally black room but higher values are needed for brighter rooms. Adjust according to your room. We set 'Contrast' to 95 to eliminate the gamma curve that was present during the pre-caliration. 'Sharpness' at 0 means no added sharpness. Anything higher adds over-sharpening artifacts.
'Digital Clean View' can be used when watching low resolution content like cable TV and DVDs. Leave it off for 1080p or 4k sources. 'Auto Motion Plus' is the image interpolation feature and will add the soap opera effect (SOE) when activated. To get better motion with a minimum of the SOE, use low custom values. To get sharper text while using the TV as a PC monitor, activate 'HDMI UHD Color'. Turn on 'Smart LED' if you want to enable the local dimming, which provides deeper blacks and brighter highlights. If you see vertical blooming though, or don't like a varying luminosity, leave it off.
'Color Tone' set to 'Warm2' is close to the cinema standard. If it appears too dull or yellowish for you, use a colder temperature like 'Warm1'. 'Color Space' is the wide color gamut option. Set it to 'Native' for over saturated colors. Cartoons might look better with it on but regular content might look off. This is useful for HDR content though and should be activated automatically when HDR content is playing.
The following are the results of the white balance and colorspace calibration on our unit. You can try copying our values for these, but we don't recommend them as they vary per individual unit, so they might not be good, even for the same model and same size as the TV we reviewed. If you want to try them you will need to enter all values shown, as all of them are active at the same time. If you end up with worse picture quality, simply reset them to the default values.
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