Updated Mar 15, 2016
By Jean-Francois Lize
Vizio D Series 4k LED TV Calibration Settings
The following pictures are the settings we used to calibrate the Vizio D Series 4k UHD LED TV. They will work well for all kinds of content. If you want to use these settings for gaming, use the 'Game' picture mode instead of 'Calibrated.'
The 'Calibrated' picture mode is the closest to the look we want to achieve (color temperature of 6500k). You should adjust the 'Backlight' setting to your liking; higher values will be better for bright rooms and for overcoming reflections on the screen. We used '0' for sharpness, since we could spot some signs of over-sharpening with any other values. For cable TV and DVDs, though, '25' gave us better, less blurry picture.
Setting 'Color Temperature' to 'Normal' gave us the warm look we were after. The other values will bring a colder/bluer picture. We preferred to leave 'Active LED Zones' (local dimming) off, since it tended to darken some small highlights, but feel free to turn it on if you want deeper blacks. Use the 'Reduce Judder' option to add the soap opera effect and smooth out 24Hz-30Hz content (Blu-ray and DVD movies). For cable TV and DVDs, 'Reduce Noise' will help to reduce compression artifacts. Turn on 'Game Low Latency' to get the least input lag (more responsiveness) when playing video games (also, for even lower input lag, use the HDMI 5 input for video games). 'Film Mode' didn't help remove judder in our tests, but there is a chance this could be fixed in the future. You can leave it 'On,' although it is 'Off' in our screenshot.
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
Questions & Answers
14 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
I want to thank you so much for this review especially the settings (I have the 65" D-series, D65u-D2
). I already had settings I liked: Backlight-74, Brightness-42, Contrast-64, Color-62, Tint(-2)-(gets rid of yellowish skin tones), sharpness-0. (Rest of setting same as listed).
It looked good but not great but after copying your Color Calibration the picture looks awesome (I've spent 2 weeks trying to get the picture this good). Thanks again for this site!
No problem. Enjoy your new TV!
Do you have calibration settings for the D55u-D2?
We have only reviewed the 50" variant, but these same setting should be good for the 55" model. You can follow our settings shown above. Note that you should adjust the 'Backlight' to your preference without affecting the picture quality. We use the 'Normal' color temperature as it is closest to our warm calibration goal, but you can also adjust this to a cooler setting if you prefer.
What size set did you test? Can you confirm that input lag and motion blur are consistent between the different model sizes? Any differences to note between the different sizes like in the M-Series
60" and above? Thanks!
The 50" D50u-D1
. So far, we are not aware of any major differences between sizes (for example, all of them are 60Hz, contrary to the M Series
where only the 55" and smaller were 60Hz). There will be a small variation of input lag and motion blur between sizes, but we expect all of them to be in the same ballpark.
Great review. Does the TV support 120 hz (120 fps) for gaming on lower resolutions than 4k (like QHD or HD)? Also, is this a good alternative to a gaming monitor? Thanks!
Unfortunately, it doesn't support 120 hz.
If you don't care much about that, this TV is a pretty good gaming option for the money. However, the text is slightly blurrier than on other TVs, so it's not going to be as good as a gaming monitor.
Does game mode (reducing lag) reduce the picture quality in any way?
It disables most of the processing features. If you would turn off these features anyway, then the picture quality is the same.
These settings the best for a movie lover looking for the best picture possible? Just put my Vizio D40U-D1 40".
That's correct, use the 'Calibrated' picture mode and adjust the 'Backlight' to your preference, and follow the rest of our settings listed. Note that you should not copy the whitespace or color calibration values as they differ on an individual unit basis.
What is reduce judder? Also should it be on its highest setting of 10 or 0 (off)
'Reduce Judder' is the motion interpolation setting. It introduces the soap opera effect and also adds artifacts. Unless you really like the soap opera effect, set it to 0.
Thank you for the update. However I tested with the online tool, and at 1080p@120hz, and it is confirming that the frame rate is 120. I have attached a screenshot of the test and made settings.
So is the panel refreshing at 120hz or is this some type of trickery?
This only means that the TV is receiving a 120Hz signal, but it may not be displaying all of the frames. Take a long exposure photo of the screen (eg. 1 second) while this test is displayed. If all of the squares appear bright, it is 120Hz. For a 60Hz TV every second square will be dark. You can also look to see if every square is displayed, or if some are skipped.
How do I get 60hz through HDMI and 4k resolution while using it as a PC monitor?
There are no settings to adjust, just use the HDMI5 port (labelled 4k @ 60Hz).
Can anyone confirm if these settings will work on the 70" Vizio D Series model (D70D3) which is a 1080p TV?
What are the best picture calibration settings for the Vizio d60-d3?
For the D60-D3
, you can try our calibration settings posted here
. Adjust the backlight to the brightness of your room. The color settings change on an individual TV basis, so you can try to copy our settings and if there is no improvement you can always reset them.
Does the D55U-D1 model come with wi-fi features?
Yes you can access your network via WiFi.
Thanks for putting the calibration info up, it's great. I noticed while playing Blu-rays on my PS4 with this TV there is some slight frame speeding up once in a while and the picture stutters a bit, I prefer to use soap opera effect if possible but not at the cost of these types of glitches. Any advice would help, thanks and keep up the great work.
Unfortunately, soap opera effect will always induce this kind of problems.
I have my gaming desktop, GTX 1080, hooked up to the TV on HDMI five and I can set the resolution/refresh rate to 1080p with 4:4:4 @ 120hz. Even in games it recognizes 120hz when on 1080p. I can post screenshot/video.
Even though the TV accept the 1080p @ 120Hz 4:4:4 resolution, unfortunately it can only display half of the frame since it is has 60Hz panel. You can test your frame rate with this online tool
As for the Chroma subsampling (4:4:4) it cannot display it clearly. For our result, we say that it pass only when it can accept and display correctly the specific resolution, it that specific case, it can't.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.