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Image settings for dummies – LG TV (1 Viewer)


May 10, 2022
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Hi all!

First of all, I’m a total newbie, so bear with me 😊 …and bear with my less-than-optimal English.

So, the questions are about image/display settings on my new LG TV. I assume many settings will be similar for other models, maybe also partly for OLED models.


· LG 4K 75” NanoCell 926 with eArc, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, 120 Hz, HDR 10 Pro, Filmmaker Mode, FreeSync, VRR, ALLM, SimpLink CEC.

· LG SN11RG 7.1.4 soundbar with eArc, Dolby Atmos, SimpLink, HDMI connected from eArc on soundbar to eArc on TV

· XBOX series S, connected to 4K 120 Hz HDMI port on TV

· Chromecast Ultra plugged into ordinary HDMI-port on TV

The TV will be used in a moderately dim room, no direct light


· Netflix via built-in app, with 4K and Dolby Atmos when available

· Streaming 720p/1080p content, sometimes with 5.1 audio (non-4K/non-Dolby Atmos) via built-in app OR/AND via Chromecast

· XBOX gaming, with best available image quality/settings/audio. Mostly games available with game pass

As of right now, settings are (translated from Norwegian):

Display Mode Standard

Panel backlight 100

Contrast 95

Brightness 50

Auto Dynamic Contrast Low

Black level Auto

LED local dimming Medium

Motion Eye Care Off

Color depth 55


Sharpness 25, Super resolution Low, Noise reduction Low, MPEG Noise reduction Low, Cinema On (but greyed out), TruMotion Natural

Filmmaker Mode auto start Disabled

AI Image Enabled

AI Brightness Disabled

HDMI Deep Color (for HDMI 1) 4K

Power Saving Method Off

Game optimizing:

Black stabilizing: 10

Low latency Off


AI audio Disabled

Input VRR Enabled

AMD FreeSync Premium Off

Are display settings generally what they should be for my use?

Q2: Should I change settings based on the content I watch? (See content description above). Or do settings adapt automatically based on content quality?

Q3: Which is better: streaming (non-4K, non-Dolby Atmos) content via built-in app, or via Chromecast?

Q4: When firing up the XBOX: will image and audio settings adapt, so that optimal conditions for gaming is in effect? E.g. “Game Mode” or the “Game Optimizing” setting. Or do I have to manually set up my “gaming” preferences?


Bounded In a Nutshell
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Jun 20, 2000
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It's not possible to give an answer to all of your questions, but in general...

Contrast and brightness in particular are calibration settings, and there's not really a set answer. Their names are misleading as well. Contrast sounds like it might be too high. That controls the whites in the image. So if whites seem too bright and lack detail, you should lower that setting. Brightness, despite its name, controls the blacks. So, if blacks are more grey, then turn it down, and if they're too black and losing detail, then turn it up. I'm not sure about Auto Black Level. I'd try both with it on and off and see which works better. I normally turn off all "Auto" stuff. Same with AI Image. Generally that stuff is better left off.

As far as streaming, you're best off using the TV's internal apps than Chromecast.

Regarding Q4, the TV will have different presets depending on if you are currently using any form of HDR, and will change with the type of HDR, such as Dolby Vision or HDR10. Each one of those has to be set independently when that type of source is being played.

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