These are the settings we used to calibrate the Samsung 55 inch UN55MU6300 TV and we expect them to be valid for the 40" version (UN40MU6300), 43" version (UN43MU6300), the 50" version (UN50MU6300), the 65" version (UN65MU6300) and 75" version (UN75MU6300). These are good for any content, from watching movies to TV shows and gaming. For Gaming, some minor adjustments need to be done, and they are listed below.
The first thing we did was to turn off all of the 'Eco Solution' settings since we didn't want the backlight level to change during our calibration. This is recommended if you don't want the luminance of the TV to change automatically depending on the room brightness.
For movies and TV content, we selected the 'Movie' 'Picture Mode', since it is the picture mode that brought us the closest to our calibration goal. The 'Movie' 'Picture Mode' is recommended as it should bring the image quality closest to what the content creator intended it be. The 'Picture Size Settings' was set to '16:9 Standard' as this is the screen format of the MU6300.
We left the 'Brightness' to 0 and the 'Contrast' to 95, their default values. We left the 'Sharpness' to 0 to avoid any oversharpening. We left the 'Color' to 50 and the 'Tint (G/R)' to its default value of 'G50 and R50'.
We turned off the 'Digital Clean View', but if you intend to watch some older low-resolution content, you may want to set it on to make the content smoother and with fewer compression artifacts. For our calibration, we left the 'Auto Motion Plus Settings' Off (more on that later), left 'Contrast Enhancer' off and left unticked 'HDR+ Mode' (this extrapolates HDR from SDR).
In the 'Auto Motion Plus Settings' tab, you can control the motion interpolation and the black frame insertion feature. When 'Auto Motion Plus' is set to 'Custom', You can adjust the slider of 'Judder Reduction' to add the amount of soap opera effect you want, but note that since this TV has a 60Hz panel, the soap opera effect won't be as strong as on 120Hz TVs. The 'LED Clear Motion' controls the black frame insertion and can help to reduce the motion blur, but it will dim the TV image considerably and will introduce some screen flicker. You can read here to learn more about the black frame insertion feature.
We selected the 'Warm2' 'Color Tone' since it was the color temperature the closest to our calibration goal, but you can choose a colder color temperature if you find the color of the screen too warm (yellow or red). The 'Gamma' 'BT.1886' was adjusted to 1 to reach our calibration goal of 2.2 gamma. Note that here, the gamma type is set automatically depending on the type of content you are watching. You can only adjust the gamma curve with the slider (plus or minus) if you find there is black crush or if dark scenes are not deep enough. In the 'Color space' setting, it is preferable to leave it to 'Auto'. When set to auto, the color space changes to match the type of content you are watching automatically. If you want to calibrate your TV for SDR content (Rec.709), you must set it to custom. Afterward, you must set it back to 'custom' to benefit from your calibration. Note that we don't really recommend to calibrate this TV for normal use since it was pretty accurate out of the box and it becomes a bit of a pain to always goes back to change the setting from 'Auto' to 'Custom' depending on what kind of content you are watching.
For our calibration process, which is done in a dark room, we use a 'Backlight' settings of 5 to reach our desired luminance of 100 cd/m². This setting is good for pitch black room or very dark home theater room. IF this setting is still too bright for you, you can lower it down even more and it won't affect the picture quality.
For a room with an average lighting, a 'Backlight' setting of 11 to reach a luminance of 200 cd/m². This setting should be good for any room with an average light situation, like an office. You can always adjust it to better suit your specific room.
For our bright room setting, we adjuster the 'Backlight' to 20 (maximum) to get the maximum luminance available, and this setting should be good for any well-lit rooms with the direct sunlight of light from a very bright lamp. Again here it is good to note that this does not affect the colors, only the luminance of the display.
For watching HDR content via an HDMI connection, it is important to set the 'HDMI UHD Color' on for each HDMI input that will receive the HDR content. This will permit the HDMI port to transmit all the bandwidth needed for HDR. If the 'HDMI UHD Color' is not turned on, some devices will not detect the Samsung MU6300 as being compatible with HDR. For HDR content, it is also preferable to set the 'Backlight' to maximum and set the 'Color Space Settings' to 'Auto'.
To have the best input lag while playing games via a video game console or PC, you can keep the general settings mentioned above and turn on 'Game Mode' from the 'External Device Manager'.
If you are playing on a PC, then set the input icon to 'PC' if you want to enable the chroma subsampling.
For HDR gaming apply the same HDMI settings mentioned in the HDR settings and game settings above. Note that when in game mode, the TV won't change the backlight setting automatically, so it is preferable to set the backlight to maximum.
The following are the results of the white balance and colorspace calibration on our unit. They are provided for reference, and should not be copied as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model and same size as the TV we reviewed due to manufacturing tolerances. 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.