HDTV picture settings forum: Vizio E601i-A3 picture settings

by: katzmaier October 4, 2012 12:11 PM PDT

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Vizio E601i-A3 picture settings

by katzmaier CNET staff - 10/4/12 12:11 PM

Review:
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/vizio-e601i-a3/4505-6482_7-35477662.html

Related products:
Vizio E701i-A3

Calibration report using these settings:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/109014989/Vizio-E601i-A3-CNET-review-calibration-results

TV software/firmware version tested: 1.0.1

Below you'll find the settings I found best for viewing the Vizio E601i-A3 in a dim room via the HDMI input. Your settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9996461-1.html

Calibration notes: As usual Vizio's Movie mode provided the best picture settings without any adjustment, although it was quite dim in our dark room with in its default "Medium" ambient light sensor setting (16 fL) and still a bit too dim when I disabled the sensor (32 fL). Its grayscale was solid, however, although gamma was way too dark.

My calibration improved nearly all of these issues. I was able to mostly correct gamma by disabling the DCR backlight control, and unlike with some previous Vizio sets, doing so did not hurt black level performance overmuch (it got 0.0012 fL lighter, if you're counting; an amout that's easily worth the tradeoff for substantially better gamma). I barely had to touch the grayscale to get it nearly perfect, and it remained admirably linear in all but the darkest areas. As for color the most important areas--primary luminance and secondary hue--were very good, but red did appear skewed toward orange and blur saturation also suffered. Perhaps a good CMS could correct these problems, but Vizio doesn't offer one.

---Picture settings menu---
Picture Mode: Movie
Backlight: 53
Brightness: 50
Contrast: 75
Color: 51
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 0

---Size & Position submenu---
[no change]

---Color Temperature submenu---
Colour temperature: Normal
Red Gain: 104
Green Gain: 115
Blue gain: 130
Red offset: 129
Green offset: 130
Blue offset: 132

--Advanced Picture submenu---
Smooth motion effect: Off
Real Cinema Mode: Smooth [grayed out]
Noise Reduction: Off
MPEG NR: Off
Color Enhancement: Off
Adaptive Luma: Off
Film Mode: Auto
Backlight Control: Off
Ambient Light sensor: Off

Note: This post was edited by its original author added link to calibration results on 10/04/2012 at 12:32 PM PT

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