From TV salespeople to TV reviewers, you’ll sometimes hear the word “calibrate” thrown around. TV calibration is often claimed to improve performance, increase accuracy and even make the TV less power hungry.
But does it? At what cost? And is it worth it?
We can simplify a bit to start:
1. Calibration is adjusting a TV’s settings beyond what’s possible with the basic user controls.
2. It requires specialized equipment and software to objectively measure a TV’s image.
3. The service is usually performed a professional, although there are some kits you can buy if you’re a DIYer (more on these later).
4. Calibration should improve how your TV looks, but exactly how much depends on how accurate its initial settings were beforehand
5. It usually costs a couple hundred dollars or more, so is typically only worthwhile for high-end TVs and viewers who demand peak performance