Hisense H8C LED TV Calibration Settings

For additional settings information, please consult the Common Problems and How to Calibrate pages.

We used the following settings to calibrate the Hisense H8C. These are good for any content, from watching movies to TV shows or gaming with only minor adjustments described below. 

For playing games or using the TV as a PC monitor, set the 'Picture Mode' to 'Game'. Otherwise, set the picture mode to 'Theater' as it is closest to our calibration goal and allows more advanced settings to be adjusted.

We set the 'Brightness' to 50 and 'Contrast' to 45. This provides a large dynamic range, without washing out the image. You should leave it at these values, and adjust the 'Backlight' if you find the image too dim or bright.

We leave the 'Color' at 46 as it provided the result closest to our calibration goal. The 'Aspect Ratio' can be adjusted to your source, but for most people the 'Direct' setting will be best.

Hisense H8C Calibration Settings 1

In the 'Backlight' menu, we disable 'Local Dimming'. We found it to be ineffective for this TV, as there aren't many local dimming zones. We set the 'Backlight' to 31 for our completely dark room. You can adjust this to your preference without affecting the picture quality. We also disable the 'ECO Sensor' as it causes the backlight to adjust depending on the surrounding environment.

Hisense H8C Calibration Settings 2

In the 'Advanced Picture Settings' menu we leave the 'Tint' and 'Sharpness' at 0 to obtain an image that is true to the source. We leave 'Ultra Smooth Motion' off, but you can enable this if you like the soap opera effect in movies.

We also leave 'Noise Reduction' off, to avoid losing details in high quality content. If you watch lower quality content such as DVDs or cable you can increase the 'Noise Reduction' to reduce artifacts.

Hisense H8C Calibration Settings 3

We disable 'Adaptive Contrast' to get the most true image, as the producer intended. Our calibration goal is for a warm image so we set the 'Color Temperature' accordingly. If you find the image looks too red or dull, you can use a cooler temperature.

Hisense H8C Calibration Settings 4

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 values.

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Questions & Answers

The 2017 65H8C is using a different panel. Will you update the review and calibration?
We only review one size in a series, there are too many other TVs on the market to test. We expect the 65H8C to have similar picture quality to the 55H8C unit we reviewed. If you find sources that say there are significant differences between the 65H8C and the rest of the series send us an email with the links, we may update the "Differences between Sizes and Variants" section.
Hi, i have several doubts between this TV and the LG 55UH6150, which one would you recommend? I have right now the LG 55UH6150 but blacks are horrible and contrast varies a lot if you change the angle from where you are viewing the TV.
The main difference will be that the Hisense use a VA panel and the LG use an IPS panel. The Hisense H8C will have a much deeper black with a much higher contrast ratio. So for viewing movie in a dark room the Hisense will be a better choice.
Would these settings be good for a 50H7C?
We haven't reviewed the H7C but expect it to be similar. Adjust the 'Backlight' to your preference, and change the 'Color Temperature' if you prefer a cooler image. If you are watching lower quality sources then enable 'Noise Reduction'.
Does the recommended picture settings listed work well under Game Mode?
Yes. Change the 'Picture Mode' to game and adjust the backlight to your preference. Disable 'Noise Reduction' and 'Adaptive Contrast'.
Hi, I just bought this TV yesterday. So far, I like it in "Vivid" mode because the colors pop-out more and there seems to be more detail in the picture. I've also switched my FiOS STB to 1080i to get better picture. I used your calibration settings and unfortunately I feel like it's not up to par with the "Vivid" mode. The color is not as rich and the picture seems to be more faded with less details. Is there anything I am missing?
This depends on your preferences. We calibrate our TVs to a warm picture, without excess saturation. This is generally the most accurate, and can appear dull. Some people prefer a brighter, more vivid image (like they generally have in demo videos) but this just depends on personal preference.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.