TCL P Series TV Picture Settings – RTINGS.com

TCL P Series TV Picture Settings – RTINGS.com


Hi, I’m Daniel from Rtings.com. In this video we will go over how to setup
and get the best picture from the TCL P Series whether you watch movies or HDR content, play
games or use it as a monitor. This is the P607, however the settings also apply for
the P605 which has the same picture quality but only a basic remote. The basic remote
of the P605 looks almost the same, but lacks a headphone jack.
For a quick summary of the settings we recommend, see the screenshots on our website which is
linked in the description below. When turning on the TV for the first time, you’ll be asked if you want to connect it
to the internet. This is required if you want to use the TV apps, but also requires creating
a Roku account and linking it to the TV. If you don’t want to use the smart features
then this isn’t necessary though. Now, connect your devices. There are 3 HDMI ports on this TV and one composite input for
older devices which can be connected with the included adapter. If you’ve got a receiver
or soundbar with support for ARC then you should connect it to HDMI3. This allows you
to use the Audio Return Channel to pass audio from apps or other inputs through your external
speakers. For all other devices, connect them to any of the inputs as they are all identical. With your inputs connected, the first thing
you’ll want to do is change the HDMI mode to match your source. To do so, press the Home button on the remote and scroll down
to ‘Settings’ ->‘TV Inputs’ and set ‘HDMI Mode’
to ‘HDMI 2.0’. This allows for the maximum bandwidth on the HDMI port, but if you experience
compatibility issues with older devices then you can set it to HDMI 1.4.
You can also rename the device which will change how it appears in menus. If you’re
using the TV as a PC monitor then you can set the name to ‘Computer’ and this will
ensure Chroma 4:4:4 support for clear text, although the TV usually detects a PC automatically
and will ensure that full chroma information is displayed regardless of the input icon.
Other sources are not detected automatically. Next we will adjust the picture settings. You can also do this through the Roku app,
which is linked in the description below. Go to your input device first and press the asterix
button on the remote to access the picture options.
The see the effect of each of these settings, we will be using measurements from our TCL
TV. The white level is the brightness of the TV, measured on a checkerboard pattern. The
TV Brightness setting can be adjusted to suit your room. It works in combination with the
‘Backlight’ setting to set the overall screen brightness, without affecting the picture
quality. For our calibration, we will set it to Brighter.
The ‘Picture Mode’ should be set to ‘Movie’ for the most accurate image, even if you are
playing video games or using it as a monitor as they all have the same low input lag once
you make the rest of the settings that we will go over later. When watching HDR content, set it to
HDR Dark’ as it is closest to the reference ‘Picture Size’ adjusts the scaling of
the TV. For most content you can leave it at auto, but if you’d like to crop letterbox
bars in movies or find you are losing some of the image due to overscan then you can
adjust this option. For the rest of the picture settings, press
right on the ‘Advanced Picture Settings’ option.
‘Picture Mode’ is the same as before. ‘Local contrast’ is the local dimming option, which allows zones of the backlight
to adjust depending on the content and produces deeper dark scenes when viewed in a dark room.
It works decently on this TV, so we recommend setting it to ‘High’, but if you do find
it slow to react to sudden scene changes then you can set this to a lower value or disable
it. ‘Dynamic Contrast’ is disabled when local dimming or game mode are on, we don’t
usually recommend it as it produces a less accurate image. When local contrast is disabled
and dynamic contrast is adjusted, it affects the gamma curve as shown, which produces brighter
dark scenes. The ‘Backlight’ option works in tandem with ‘TV Brightness’ to adjust the overall
brightness level of the screen. For SDR content you can set this to suit your room and it
won’t degrade the image. For HDR though, you should set it to maximum for the brightest
highlights. We will set it to 4 for this average room calibration, which corresponds
to about 200 nits. The ‘Brightness’ option affects the black level. We can measure the black of our checkerboard
pattern to see how they are affected. If we decrease it then we can see that black details
are crushed, whereas raising it past 50 results in blacks that appear gray as the black level
is raised. We’ve found that the default value of 50 is best. The contrast option affects the brightness
range of the display. Low values lower the native contrast ratio as whites are limited.
Too high values will result in clipping of bright highlights. We’ve found that 95 is
a good value without the risk of clipping details. The ‘Sharpness’ option can be useful for
low quality content to produce a sharper image. Too much sharpness will introduce ringing
around edges and other artifacts though. For high quality content the value of 0 is best,
which corresponds to no added sharpness. The ‘Color’ option affects the tone mapping of the display. To see the effect of this
setting, we look at a CIE xy diagram. Squares on the diagram show the target points, which
an accurate display should achieve. Circles show measurements from our TCL P Series. We
can see that low color values result in a washed out or bland image as the measurement
points all lie inside the targets. On the other hand high values result in an oversaturated
image as the measurement points exceed the target saturation. A value is 45 is best for
the most accurate image. The tint option has the affect of rotating the color palette as can be seen in the same
CIE xy diagram. This should almost always be left to the default value of 0 as it is
the most accurate, and an incorrect setting is most noticeable in reddish or greenish
skin tones. The ‘Color Temperature’ option adjusts the white point of the display. We can see
that cooler values result in a bluer overall image and cause all of the measured points
to shift to the down and left in the plot. You can use this cooler setting if you prefer
more pop. Warm values result in a reddish or yellowish image. We calibrate to the standard
6500K color temperature which corresponds to a value of ‘Warm’. The ‘Game Mode’ option disables some settings
but also reduces the input lag, which is ideal for gaming. If you use a console or PC then
enable this setting for the most responsive performance. Now these are all the picture settings available
on the TV, but if you use the Roku app on an iOS or Android device then there are a
few more advanced settings available. The ‘Gamma’ setting affects the relationship
between dark and bright areas. We can measure this gamma curve to see the effect. A high
gamma value results in deeper dark scenes and a lower value results in a brighter overall
image. The left hand side of the plot affects darker scenes, while the right hand side affects
bright scenes. Setting the ‘Gamma’ to lower values such as 1.8 or 2.0 results in
a brighter overall image, which can be useful to bring out details in a bright room. Higher
values such as 2.4 produce deeper dark scenes. Movies are mastered to target a flat value
of 2.2 across the range so this is what we aim for, but strangely for this TCL TV a setting
of 2.0 actually tracks closer to the 2.2 target. The ‘Noise Reduction’ option can be useful to reduce noise in low resolution content.
It will produce a slightly softer image though, so we recommend disabling it for high quality
content. The 11 point white balance and colorspace options allow for an advanced calibration
with measurement equipment. The best values for this change from unit to unit due to panel
variance, so although we post our values on the review for reference we don’t recommend
copying them and most people should leave them all to the default value of 0. So that’s it. You can find the screenshots
of all the settings we recommend on our website via the link below. And if you like this video,
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  1. In Europe we have the TCL U49C7006 with a real 10 bit https://www.displayspecifications.com/en/model/efbdcdf what do you think about it ??

  2. Good video, but I don't understand why most people say to use auto for picture size. This leads to overscan on a lot of stuff. Just use direct.

  3. Thanks for sharing not only the settings but also explaining the purpose and variable options for each setting! This goes a long way to helping increase understanding about TV options for not just TCL TVs.

  4. Do you guys change the settings now once you go to game mode? Or leave them all regular the way they are now on your settings, and only thing changed is game mode on? Thanks for any reply. Xbox One X user here.

  5. Great video guys, I have lots of videos on this model on my channel, with different games on xb1x, ps4 pro and PC if you like to check em out. 😃😎

  6. Four SDR 218 nits black light so where do you put black light at for HD content for those that are not HDR 1440p and in-betweens

  7. Stop promoting tcl There tvs are trash the company sucks ass and has the worst defect rate on there Products in tech history lol. Tcl p-series is garbage the tv is not even worth 650$$$$$ maybe 200 lol

  8. Would these settings also apply to the S Series? The P Series was sold out at the time so I got the S for my bedroom.

  9. I want this TV but I'm gonna wait till spring when the new 2018 P-series comes out with 96 zones instead of 72 for the same price!!

  10. Just purchased the NU8000, got the 55 inch, PS4 pro looks amazing and the input lag and response time is wonderful, can’t wait for you all to review it

  11. Just purchased the NU8000, got the 55 inch, PS4 pro looks amazing and the input lag and response time is wonderful, can’t wait for you all to review it, gaming wise, it’ll be hard to beat in my opinion

  12. Have had this TV in my living room for a month.

    Just now realized there's both a bright and a brighter…. Oops should've watched this video more closely when I got it and did the initial calibration.

    Switching from bright to brighter makes an already nice picture even better.

  13. My tv doesn't give me the option of HDR dark like at 3:25 does anyone know why? I have my console set to HDMI 2 as well

  14. Personally I switch to movie. And for the most part leave the setting as is. I may have adjusted a couples things but not by much. And I love the settings! In my experience if brightness isn’t turned up the picture showed up too dark in certain scenes.

  15. I basically try set my TV up where it looks equally good on all HDMI ports. So when I play my PS4 it looks good, watching blu rays look good and watching TV from my HD antenna looks good.

  16. I just bought the new TCL P6 series in Australia and it's only got 2 HDMI ports , no gaming mode and no HDR dark option .

  17. stupidest question – how do you adjust picture settings for just the tv itself, when you don't have any inputs in? I just want to use the roku tv.

  18. thank you so much! I hadn't bought a tv in 12 years and this helped fix the jittery images that were giving me nausea.

  19. I just got an R617 55" 2019. I am wondering if this gamma setting should be applied to it as well? Or is the R617 completely different from this TV? I currently have it at 2.2. Any Advice would be appreciated.

  20. I get how to adjust the brightness of the HDMI inputs, but when trying to adjust the brightness of the home screen the only options are brighter, bright, normal, dark, and darker. The "brighter" setting is still pretty dark, and this setting affects the brightness of the Roku streaming apps (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.) I wish these TVs had a brightness setting for their home screens similar to the one for the inputs.

  21. I would really like to have my TV off what I call movie mode. And makethe picture fill the hold TV.

  22. In europe we have TCL 43DP628. Totally in dark with these weird models. No reviews anywhere 🙁

  23. I am confused with these tcl tvs. Just bought mine, 50P61us. It look different on what I see here on YouTube. It is not roku, it has different interface. Anyone know what my model is and why it is not roku? I am from asia.

  24. I have the same tv but my picture mode doesn’t give me an hdr option , could it be because of my hdmi cable not being the best ?? Please help, I want the best gaming experience possible. Ty

  25. Really good breakdown. Though, I really wish they would do ones for the 6 Series (TCL). The picture options are a bit different.

  26. THANK YOU!!! I have been trying to figure out how to correct extreme darkness with HDR content for months & this finally solved it!! So happy!!

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