If you plan on gaming with the Vizio M Series, start off with either Game or Computer modes before making adjustments. Otherwise the input lag will be very high (133 ms vs 41.5 ms). You can't use the motion interpolation feature in these modes, though.
Turn off 'Auto Brightness Control' to prevent the TV from automatically adjusting the brightness to the ambient light of your room. The 'Backlight' setting will then become a real adjustment for the luminosity.
As usual, we recommend turning off every option. See the Q&A section of our review to see why we don't recommend using the feature called 'Active LED Zones' or 'Motion Blur Reduction'. If you plan on watching SD or 720p content, turn on the noise reduction features to compensate a little bit for the low quality media.
The 2 point gray scale calibration was close; only small changes were made.
Questions & Answers
55 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
What are the best modes/settings for watching HD cable channels, Netflix, and general TV?
Start from Calibrated and then copy the ones that we posted.
Picture mode: Custom 1
Auto brightness: Off
Color temperature: Cool
My TV has Smart Dimming on, Smooth Motion Effect on High, Reduce Signal Noise on Low, and Reduce Black Noise on Low. This calibration works great with anything. It's not too dark, and doesn't get any game lag with my Xbox One.
Thanks for sharing your preferred calibration settings.
Hi, I am new to TV calibration and am glad that I found this thread. I am a moderate gamer; are these the best settings to use for a Playstation or Xbox? Does it matter if I start with game or computer mode and copy the settings that you have suggested?
Yes, these are the best settings for gaming. It doesn't matter if you start from Game or Computer.
See the Q&A section of our review for 'Active LED Zones'. 'Black Detail' crushes the black and overshoots the whites. From a reference calibration standpoint, it messes with the picture. Use it if you like it, but keep in mind that it isn't the original picture.
I just purchased a Vizio m502i-b1 and am going to use it primarily for gaming on my PS4. The TV will be located in a dark room. What are the best calibration settings I could use for gaming? I know I first have to go into game mode, but what settings should I change from there to have the best gaming experience possible on my new m502i-b1?
Use the settings that we posted; they are good for gaming.
Vizio M-series TVs have received a firmware update (1.60) that has caused a lot of problems to the majority of, if not all, users. Issues include a problem with the "smart dimming" feature (Active Led Zone on some TVs) as well a general deterioration in the picture and a reset of previous calibration settings.
The settings you provided no longer lead to a good picture on these setups.
Will you address the issue?
We don't have our M 55" with us anymore, so we can't do a recalibration, unfortunately. Hopefully Vizio fixes the issues you are referring to.
If I start in game mode with my m492i-b2 and then make it custom and turn on active LED zones and black detail level to medium, will this increase the input lag from 41ms?
Also, will changing the color temp from cool to normal change any latency?
No. If you start with either Game or Computer mode, your input lag will always be low, no matter the settings that you change.
I tried your calibration settings on my new M552i-B2 and the picture looks way too dark (dim). Can I just increase the brightness levels and keep the rest of the levels the same as you have calibrated? Should I increase the backlight levels as well?
Don't touch 'Brightness'. Instead, increase 'Backlight'. Otherwise, the black color will be too gray.
I am new to owning HDTVs. I just bought one. What accessories would you recommend that go well with M492i-B2, for example - soundbar, consoles, etc?
Also, for someone who doesn't play games, what changes should I make other than the above three that you discussed out of the box?
If you care about sound and find that the built-in speakers are not enough, a sound bar is definitely an improvement. We don't review those yet, though, so we can't really recommend one. If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you might want an Apple TV. You can easily share your screen to your TV with one of those hooked up. As for the settings, other than the settings already discussed, you don't need to change anything more.
I'm confused. You say you don't recommend changing color tuner, but your two point settings are actually color tuner settings? I have an m552...
The color tuner settings are unit-dependent. Copying our settings for this is a bit useless because it won't give you an accurate picture on yours. They are different for every TV, even if the model number is the same. You need a colorimeter for this, or a professional calibration.
How do I reduce blurriness? You mentioned turning on processing. Can you please explain what that means?
It depends on the cause of the blurriness. If it is due to low-resolution/quality footage, increasing 'Sharpness' and turning on both noise reduction features will help a little bit. The TV can't work miracles, though.
I purchased the M502I-B1 and am not fully happy with the colors. I was wondering if you would set the picture according to the E series settings since it is a different panel than the 55" you used (VA vs IPS)?
Most of the settings are the same. The only difference is the color tuner, which you shouldn't really copy anyway because it varies between two units of the same size/model. What don't you like about the colors? If you can put a word on it, it will help to direct you in the right direction.
Here are my settings for use with my Xbox One:
Color Temperature: Cool
Everything else I turned off. Also, shrink the picture size as much as you can to get a 16:9 ratio.
Just trying to help :)
It is if you have a very expensive TV and have the spare cash to do so, but it probably isn't worth it for a Vizio M. That said, copying our calibration settings (except for the Color Tuner) will get you 95% of the way to perfect picture, and most people won't notice that last 5% anyway. You can also find several calibration discs online (AVS HD 709 and Disney's World of Wonder are two popular ones) that will guide you through adjusting your TV yourself, should you wish to do so.
The ones that we posted are pretty good for sports. Some people like turning on 'Smooth Motion Effect' to increase the smoothness of sports. However, keep in mind the ball/puck will sometimes disappear when using that option.
Why is sharpness so low? Can this be corrected? What are the benefits/negatives?
We don't want any sharpness added by the TV, because we prefer the TV to display the picture as it is intended, without modification. If you prefer, you can increase it. The picture will look sharper, but it will add some artifacts (like shadows behind letters).
When calibrating the TV, do I have to calibrate each HDMI input?
You do need to set the calibration for each input, but you can save and reuse the same settings for each port, if you'd like. Once you've calibrated your TV, you can go to "Picture Mode Edit" to save your settings. Once you've done that, your settings will appear as an option in "Picture Mode" for all of your TV's inputs.
I have a M322I-B1 and intend to use it mainly for gaming. For the best quality picture and color, do you recommend tweaking the "Color Tuner" settings? If so, what settings would you say are ideal for Gaming? Also, should the color temperature always be set to "Normal", if tweaking "Color Tuner"? I tend to favor 'Computer' for color temp.
You really need to know what you are doing to change the 'Color Tuner' settings, and preferably have a colorimeter for accurate values. Therefore, I don't really recommend changing these settings. The color temperature depends on your preference. Most people calibrate for a temperature of a white at 6500K. On ours, 'Normal' was the closest to that.
Will it make a difference if I calibrate my M series TV with the Spears & Munsil disc?
Yes, you should benefit from using it. Calibration discs are a good, more affordable way to get better quality out of your TV. Just be sure to perform the steps as directed and you should notice a difference.
How do you save you picture settings. My TV goes back to original setting after I have been watching for a while?
Are you trying to just alter the default picture modes? That's what we typically do, and we've had no problems with the settings reverting.
If you are and that's not working, try saving your settings as a new picture mode by going to 'Menu' -> 'Picture' -> 'Picture Mode Edit' -> 'Save Picture Mode.'
If nothing works, you should contact Vizio to see what they say about dealing with this issue.
I am a little confused by the high contrast setting. Setting the contrast to higher than 50 on this TV causes a large amount of detail loss in bright scenes. I assume there must be something I'm not understanding that would justify such a loss of detail.
Have you turned off 'Black Detail'? This feature messes with the contrast by crushing the blacks and overbright whites, which could explain why you need to turn down 'Contrast' on your TV.
I am deciding between the Vizio E series and M series. I am more on the side of the M series, and I will be mostly playing PC games such as CoD, Battlfied, etc. That said, I noticed that the E series included an input lag of around 30 ms and the M series was only around 10 ms more. Would that input lag difference of 10 ms be noticeable? And between the E and M series, which would be most optimal for gaming?
You won't really notice an input lag difference of 10 ms. The E and M Series are very similar for gaming (with the exception of the M 49" and 55", which have slightly more motion blur). If the price difference is negligible, get the M. Otherwise, the E has about the same picture quality.
These settings are actually pretty bad. Very dark and blurry. I don't get why you would make them like that with the new systems. It looks horrible.
They are dark because we calibrated them for a dark room. Increase 'Backlight' to make it brighter. As for blurry, this is intended, because we removed all processing. If you have low-quality media, turn them on (as suggested in the article).
I just bought a Vizio m422ib1. Do these calibration settings work for my TV as well? I also game with my PS4, but I do watch Blu-rays, Netflix, and Amazon instant video on my PS4 as well. Would those calibration settings listed above be good enough for watching Blu-rays, Netflix, and Amazon instant video on my PS4? Thank you.
You may also want to enable the 'Reduce Block Noise' option while streaming. This can help get rid of the block artifacts caused by the compression of the videos.
I can't seem to get the color right with my 49 inch. I set the color to computer, but when I watch a movie the person's skin is yellowish. Is there a good calibration that will have accurate skin tone?
Go to the Advanced Picture settings and try out the different color temperatures and pick the one you like best.
Is there a way to make the ratio size exactly 16:9? Most TVs have a way to switch the aspect ratio, but on the M Series I've only found ways to customize the pictures position and size. What annoys me is that it's not really 16:9. I've tried to even it out perfectly and there's still not enough size/space to fill out the whole picture completely. Is there a way to make the picture 16:9 somewhere in the menus, or do I just have to deal with this?
Try using the 'Wide' button on the remote. It has some zoom/aspect ratio options that you can't find in the 'Picture Size' menu.
A) Where are the settings posted?
B) All people look orange-is there a "fix?"
C) I had an older M model (2011) razor LED & it was so much better in terms of color. Help.
A) You can find the settings we used in our testing here.
B + C) It sounds like you're not used to the color temperature you've set on your TV. Try changing it to a different one and see if that gets you a picture that you like.
I am a gamer and play on my Xbox One. I am using Game Mode for the 40ms response time. If I change any of the settings in Game mode (motion blur reduction, brightness, contrast, etc), will I still get the same 40ms response time, or will some of the changes I made make it become longer?
Game mode will disable any options that increase input lag. Enable Game mode, and anything that is not grayed out can be changed with no effect on your input lag.
WOW and AVS HD 709 aside, is the Spears & Munsil disc a good calibration tool?
We've never used this disc, but it includes many test patterns, and would probably make a good choice for people with a bit of experience calibrating. Some who have used it have said that newcomers may find the selection overwhelming, though.
Dark areas of my Vizio M screen look fuzzy and not really clear. It doesn't really happen in video games too much, but whenever I watch TV or go on YouTube, dark places on the screen look so unclear that it's like half the screen is HD while the dark places are 240p. Any ideas for how to fix this?
The fuzziness is because compressed video always has lower fidelity in shadowy and dark scenes. Try enabling the "Reduce Signal Noise" and "Reduce Block Noise" features. Those should clean up the artifacts you're seeing in the dark portions of the screen.
When playing video games on this TV, what would be the best frame rate to reduce the blur while playing: 30fps or 60fps?
60 fps will probably look clearer, but if you're using interpolation to enhance the native frame rate, it's likely that artifacts will appear in the picture. Interpolation could also increase the input lag, which might impact your gameplay.
In short, if your device is outputting at 60 FPS, then that will be best, but it's probably not worth it if you have to interpolate to get 60 fps.
I bought an M502I-B1 and I find you can get a pretty good picture (after receiving all updates, mine now has version 1.0.5) in an average lighted room by just starting with the Basic Vivid settings. Reduce the Brightness to 45, set the Contrast to 56, and save as your Custom setting, leaving all the advance settings at default (except maybe turning on game low latency for gaming). This should produce a Dynamic picture most people like for both gaming and TV/Blu-ray viewing.
Thanks for sharing your preferred picture settings.
How do I reset all picture settings on a M652i-b2 to factory default?
You can reset your whole TV, including all settings and apps, by going to System -> Reset and Admin -> Reset TV to Factory Defaults. You can also reset an individual picture setting on one of your inputs by going to Picture -> Picture Mode Edit -> Reset Picture Mode.
I have the Xbox One and it highly recommends that I should turn off Dynamic Contrast/Black tone or shadow detail. For the M series, would I just need to turn off 'Black Detail' in the advanced settings, or is there any other specific option for this?
Disabling 'Black Detail' is all you'll need to do.
Thanks for this article. Very helpful. I just bought the M60-C3. The thing that's driving me crazy is what I've recently learned as "the soap opera effect." It all looks like really fake video. I've put the settings in exactly as you suggest (although I cannot turn off the Smooth Motion or Motion Blur - I can only set them to 0) but I still get that effect. Everything looks live - like the recent Hobbit movies. Am I going to have to just get used to this?