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TCL P607 LED TV Calibration Settings

For additional settings information, please consult the Common Problems and How to Calibrate pages.

These are the settings we used to calibrate the 55" TCL P607 (55P607), and we expect them to be also good for the 50" version (50P607) and the 65" version (65P607) of the p series. These setting are good for most content, from TV shows to movies and gaming. For gaming, some changes are needed to have the best input lag, and they are listed below.

General settings

We used the 'Movie' picture mode to get as close as possible to our calibration goal. The 'TV brightness' was set to 'Darker' for our totally dark room, but you can set it to a brighter setting if you have a room with more light. The 'Picture Size' was left to 'Auto' since under this setting, the TV will adjust the picture size to match the screen size by itself.

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In the 'Advanced picture settings', we set the 'Local contrast' off for the calibration process, but for regular use, you should set it to 'High' ('Local contrast' is TCL's local dimming option). If you find that the screen luminance changes too much by itself depending what is displayed on the screen, you can set it to be less strong or simply turn it off. The 'Backlight' was set to 0 for our completely dark room, but here again, you should set it to match your room lighting. Note that here the 'backlight' works in combination with the 'TV brightness' option, giving you a more granular control of the TV luminance. 'Brightness' was left to 50 and the 'Contrast' to 100. The 'Sharpness' was set to 0 so that no oversharpness is added to the original content. 'Color' was left to 45 and 'Tint' to 0, their default values. The 'Color temperature was set to 'Warm' since it is the color temperature the closest to our calibration goal, but you can set it to a colder temperature if you find the screen to be too yellow or red.

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HDR settings

If you intend to watch HDR content via an HDR UHD Blu-ray player or via an HDR video game console connected via HDMI, you will have to set the 'HDMI mode' to 'HDMI 2.0' for the HDMI port. This option is situated in the 'TV inputs' menu. For HDR content, the TV will change picture mode to match the type of HDR content (Dolby Vision or HDR10) by itself, but if you want to be sure you have the best setting, just verify that the 'TV brightness' is set to the brighter setting (from the 'Options' menu), that the 'Backlight' is set to maximum and 'Local contrast' is set to 'High' (both from the 'Advanced picture settings').

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Game settings

For playing video games in SDR or HDR, via video game console or PC, simply turn on 'Game mode' from the 'Advanced picture settings to have the best input lag possible.

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Note: When in game mode, the local dimming feature (named 'Local contrast') is not available. If you want to play video games with local dimming turned on, you will have to turn off the local dimming feature. The input lag outside game mode with a 4k@60Hz resolution is still very reasonable on this TV, as it is of 34.1 ms in SDR and 31.8 ms in HDR.

Expert Picture Settings

There are some settings that are only available via the mobile Roku apps. The Roku app is compatible with iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded via either the Apple App Store or via Google Play store. For more in for on the Roku app itself, you can access this page. To access those setting, you need to go to the 'Setting' tab, and then go to 'Expert Picture Settings'.

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In the 'Expert Picture Settings' menu, you can set the 'Picture mode', 'Gamma', 'Noise Reduction', 'Color temperature', the '11 points White balance' calibration and the 'Color Space' calibration. Some settings like the picture mode and color temperature are redundant and don't need to be changed again if already set from the TV settings. For our calibration and to get the best picture quality, set the 'Gamma' to 2.2. If you are watching SDR or HDR content and you find that you are losing too much detail in the dark area of the screen (black crunsh) or the white (clipping) you can change the 'Gamma' value to a lower or higher setting. We also set the 'Noise Reduction to 'Off'. This can be turned on if you are watching some older low-resolution video since it can help to reduce compression artifacts often present on older content. If you intend to do a calibration, then you will need to change the value in the '11 Pt WB' (the white balance control) and change the 'Color Space' setting to 'Custom' and change the value for each color. Note that each color temperature has it separate calibration data, so if you calibrate on the 'Warm' color temperature, your correction won't be applied if you change the color temperature to another one.

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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.

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I'm sorry, I wasn't clear on the color space question. What was the color space of HDMI connection at the source device? RGB or YCbCr? 4:4:4 or 4:2:0 or 4:2:2? Rec.709 or Rec.2020?
We send a 16-235, 8 bit RGB signal and calibrate to the Rec. 709 standard. On Nvidia Control Panel, these settings are 'Output color format' set to RGB, 'Output color depth' to 8 bits per color, and Limited 'Output dynamic range' for the 16-235 color range. Different graphics card control panels may have different names for these options.
I'm not too knowledgeable on gaming input lag, but if I play a PS4 Pro (or Xbox One S) outside of Game Mode in order to take advantage of Local Contrast, is the 31 ms in HDR at all noticeable?
It can be noticeable, yes. The TCL'S input lag of 47ms without game mode enabled is still reasonable though, and it should still make for a compelling experience for more casual gamers.

Update: It is now possible to enable the local dimming feature in game mode.

What was the color space selected during the calibration process?
We selected the 'Custom' color space and changed the values for each color, as per the image at the bottom of the page. These values are only provided for reference because the optimal calibration values vary between units of the same model. If you want to try them and you end up with worse picture quality, simply reset them to the default values.
Why did you guys pick the Vizio M series’s as the best budget tv over the TCL 55p607? It seems the detailed review lends itself to the TCL being better but you guys picked the vizio as the best budget tv, just wanted to know why.
Depending on your usage, either TVs can be an equally good choice. The Vizio M lends itself better for movie buffs, since we've found its picture quality to be slightly better than the TCL thanks to its more accurate local dimming and more even blacks. However, the TCL offers great gaming and HDR gaming performance thanks to its great motion and exceptionally low input lag.
How do I know what resolution is being displayed? Is there a way to check this at anytime? I know the HDR or DV icons come on for HDR, but what about if I am wondering if what is displayed is 480p or 480i, 720p etc? Also what do I have to do to upscale content? You ranked how well the TV upscales from 480p and 720p etc, but I cannot find out how to achieve this.
Pressing the 'OK' button on the remote will bring up a small menu that lists the resolution playing. If that doesn't work, turn off 'CEC' in the TV's 'System' menu and try the 'OK' button again. The TV always upscales according to the mode set in the 'Picture size' setting of the (*) quick menu ('Auto' by default), so it's likely already upscaling just fine; if it's not upscaling then there will be black bars around the image.
I'm a person who prefers a brighter screen. I copied your setting with the difference of having my brightness on brighter. My problem is when I play a game on my Xbox; the HDR setting is turned on and it dims my TV. It looks very good on the Xbox menu, but the moment I start a game HDR kicks in and it looks terrible. Is there a setting where I can change that?

The backlight needs to be at maximum for HDR. Besides that, I just tested Forza Horizon 3 in HDR on our Xbox One S, and these were the best settings:

  • TV brightness: Brighter
  • Picture mode: Dark HDR
  • Local contrast: High
  • Dynamic Contrast: Off
  • Backlight: 100
  • Brightness: 50
  • Contrast: 100
  • Sharpness: 0
  • Color: 45
  • Tint: 0
  • Color temperature: Warm
  • Game mode: On

If the picture is still too dim in HDR you can turn off 'Local contrast', and change the 'Gamma' to '1.8' in the Roku app under 'Expert Picture Settings'. Note that the Dark picture mode doesn't make the screen darker, it just has the most accurate picture quality in a Dark room, which is what we calibrate for. You can experiment with the other picture modes if you still find the picture too dim.

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