Updated Jul 15, 2016
By Eric Bousquet
Vizio M Series 2016 LED TV Calibration Settings
These are the calibration settings that we used for our review of the Vizio M Series 2016. These settings will work well for everything except for video games. For gaming, you will also need to enable 'Game Low Latency,' and you should also use HDMI 5 to get the lowest possible input lag.
Start off by choosing the 'Calibrated Dark' picture mode. If you are in a bright room, or find our settings too dark, increase 'Backlight' as much as you want. It won't mess up the colors. Don't touch 'Brightness'. For 'Sharpness', leave it at 0 for 1080p and 4k sources to prevent any over sharpening. For lower-quality content, like DVDs or SD channels, you might want to increase it a little bit.
If you find the picture a bit too yellow and dull, change 'Color Temperature' to something colder. If you don't like to have the screen consistently changing luminosity depending on the scene, or if you see some blooming around bright objects, turn off 'Active LED Zones'.
If you want to enable the soap opera effect on movies and other 24p or 30p content, increase 'Reduce Judder'. On 60p content, you will instead need to increase 'Reduce Motion Blur' to create the motion interpolation effect (and set 'Reduce Judder' to at least 1, or else it won't kick in).
Update 05/30/2017: The M50-D1 and M55-D0 cannot perform motion interpolation, and so do not have 'Reduce Judder' or 'Reduce Motion Blur'.
If you see too many artifacts or too much noise, enable the noise reduction features. Keep in mind that these soften the picture, so don't turn them on for high-quality content.
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
Questions & Answers
14 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
Do you have any settings for gaming. On a Xbox one s?
If you want HDR, you will need to use HDMI port 1. Make sure you enable 'Game Low Latency' to bring down the input lag. Other than that, simply copy the rest of our settings.
Does this TV support 1440p, 120Hz for gaming and does the input lag improve?
No it does not support 1440p @ 120Hz on any HDMI input.
I just adjusted my TV to this set and it awesome! Thanks!
We are glad to hear that we could help you get the best picture quality on your TV and thanks for the good words!
How many hdmi ports support hdr?
Only port 1.
I have the M50-D1
model. How do I reduce/eliminate the soap opera effect on this set, as there is no judder nor motion effect controls? Thanks!
The TV itself should not add any soap opera effect since there is no option to actually activate it on the 50" and 55".
Should active LED zones be enabled when gaming?
Active LED zones (or local dimming) is a personal preference. Sometime the local dimming take time to adjust to the background and you might see the zones turn on and off. At other time, the local dimming will darken too much a part of the screen and you will lose some details in the dark area. Depending of the game you are playing, you might want to turn it off if it bothers you.
What would be the best possible sharpness, brightness, and color settings for video gaming (Xbox One S) and the M50-D1
does not have a fifth HDMI port (only four). Which HDMI port should I use as an alternative?
For HDR gaming, connect the Xbox One S to HDMI 1. For SDR gaming it doesn't matter which port you use. You can follow our settings shown here
with some small tweaks. For SDR gaming adjust the backlight to your preference, but for HDR gaming ensure you set it to maximum. Reduce the 'Sharpness' to 0 to prevent over-sharpening. Enable 'Active LED Zones'. Enable 'Game Low Latency' for lowest input lag.
The whites are too yellow when I set it to normal. How do I fix this?
The color temperature can be adjusted to your preference. Try setting it to 'Cool' or 'Computer' for a cooler temperature.
What port works best for gaming on Xbox One? I currently have it in port 5, but I feel the image is too sharp. Any suggestions?
For SDR gaming, stick to HDMI 5 for the low latency. Try to follow our settings shown above, with 'Game Low Latency' enabled. Ensure your 'Sharpness' is turned down for no added sharpness. You can also adjust the backlight to your preference.
How many of the HDMI ports support 4k at 30fps?
All 5 HDMI ports support 4k @ 30fps.
Just wanted to thank you for the suggestion on calibration. TV look amazing now. Instead of just very good.
Excellent, I'm glad the calibration settings were able to help you.
I just purchased the 55" M series. Since there are only four HDMI ports which one will have the lowest input lag for my Xbox One S?
HDMI ports 2, 3 and 4 all have the same input lag as port 1. Port 1 is the only one that supports HDR.
I have this set - really great. love the casting - but I can't seem to get any sources but Vudu in any search result for a movie or TV show. What gives?
The Vizio SmartCast app doesn't contain a full list of the sources that it is possible to cast. You can install other apps on the tablet or your phone, such as 'YouTube' and 'NetFlix' but you have to search in the individual app and then cast it. To cast a different app, look for the 'Cast' icon as shown here
What is the difference between 4k at 30hz vs. 4k at 60hz?
30 Hz or 60 Hz is the number of frames per second of the video. It's how many images your eyes see per second. Most TV shows are at 30 Hz and most movies are at 24 Hz. Soap operas and some sports broadcasts are at 60 Hz. Some video games are 60 Hz.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.