Updated Apr 09, 2016
By Jean-Francois Lize
Vizio P Series 2016 LED TV Calibration Settings
These are the calibration settings that we used for our review of the Vizio P Series 2016. These settings will work well for everything except for video games. For gaming, you will also need to enable 'Game Low Latency,' and you should also use HDMI 5 to get the lowest possible input lag.
Start off by choosing the 'Calibrated Dark' picture mode. If you are in a bright room, or find our settings too dark, increase 'Backlight' as much as you want. It won't mess up the colors. Don't touch 'Brightness'. For 'Sharpness', leave it at 0 for 1080p and 4k sources to prevent any oversharpening. For lower-quality content, like DVDs or SD channels, you might want to increase it a little bit.
If you find the picture a bit too yellow and dull, change 'Color Temperature' to something colder. If you don't like to have the screen consistently changing luminosity depending on the scene, or if you see some blooming around bright objects, turn off 'Active LED Zones'.
If you want to enable the soap opera effect on movies and other 24p or 30p content, increase 'Reduce Judder'. On 60p content, you will instead need to increase 'Reduce Motion Blur' to create the motion interpolation effect (and set 'Reduce Judder' to at least 1, or else it won't kick in).
If you see too many artifacts or too much noise, enable the noise reduction features. Keep in mind that these soften the picture, so don't turn them on for high-quality content.
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
We left the color space adjustments untouched because playing with them introduced some issues. For example, the pure green is by default a bit too saturated, and while reducing the green saturation made that better, less-saturated greens lost too much saturation.
Questions & Answers
16 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
First and foremost, thank you and your wonderful staff for the great information you provide consumers. I always hold your recommendations with the highest regard and always refer to your tests for TV purchases. I am a bit insecure about the fact that the included tablet is not 100% up to your satisfaction. In your opinion, is the tablet a deal breaker? I use TIVO for viewing TV and use its remote for all devices, i.e. inputs, etc. Is there any way to learn the Vizio remote onto the Tivo remote? Last, do you prefer this Vizio over the Sony 930D/940D? Thank you in advance for your consideration to reply to my questions.
The Vizio P also work with IR signals so you should be able to setup your TIVO remote to control the TV (it would still not offer a menu on the screen though). The tablet is good but not for everyone. People that aren't too tech savvy might not feel too comfortable at first. It also isn't ideal to chose content to watch when you are with friends or family since only the one with the tablet sees the selection (unless you cast the tablet screen to the TV, but this makes the selection process more complicated). Also, we still experience some connection problems with the TV. On the plus side, you also have the option to use the SmartCast app on your phone (iOS & Android) so basically everyone has a remote in their pocket. We will do a more in depth overview of the SmartCast features and tablet in the near future.
Both the Sony x930d and Vizio P has their strengths. The x930d can get highlights brighter and is better with low resolution upscaling. Its screen is also less reflective and it offers 3D. The Vizio P gets the edge for movies with its better blacks, contrast and local dimming. It is also a better TV for playing video games.
I watch a lot of movies and play video games on my PS4, is 55" screen still good for that or should I go with the 60"? I'm asking because the 55" have an IPS panel and I'm not sure if it's good for games and movies.
Thanks in advance
Compare to other sizes, the 55" Vizio P will be worse for watching movies in a dark room because of its more grayish blacks. Except for that, video games will still be great. On the plus side, the 55" keeps a better picture quality when viewed from the side. Since you watch a lot of movies, the 60" might be worth it for you.
When using the display as a monitor, can you comment on settings and appropriate HDMI port and frame rate to use per resolution? I was looking to use the larger display as a PC monitor via a higher resolution but don't want to burn my eyes out (given the brightness this display can generate). Also, your site has been invaluable for helping me come to a decision on what display to purchase. The P series 50" is a very good value.
Good idea. We will add more details in that section in future reviews. For the Vizio P, HDMI 5 gives you a faster response time (less mouse lag). For increased smoothness and text clarity, use either 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 or to get even more details 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4. Note that in that later resolution some interfaces or text can appear small and hard to see from a certain distance. Backlight has to be adjusted to your room lighting or to a level you find comfortable.
I didn't think that the HDMI 5 could support the new HDMI2.0a. I thought this was a 1.4 HDMI port, therefore unable to transmit HDR or 4K. Is that correct or am I mistaken? Thanks. Dan
You will be able to game in 4k on the HDMI 5, but not in HDR unfortunately, since the HDMI 5 can't transmit the HDR10 metadata.
Do you do calibrations using an Oppo Blu-ray player or a color generator?
We use a PC and the built-in source generator of the Calman 5 for Business calibration software.
Your video review said that the HDR capability was okay, but not as good as other high end TVs. Will the HDR on this TV still do HDR gaming justice on Xbox One S and PS4 Pro?
The picture quality would certainly be there, but unfortunately, with 63ms of input lag at 4k resolution with HDR, it is a bit too much lag for gaming, even casually.
Update: With the latest firmware update, the input lag in HDR was brought down to 43.8ms, which is better than 63ms, but still relatively high.
Is their a way to calibrate a picture setting and still save the factory setting? I tried going to the save picture mode but it still over rides the current one that was calibrated. You used the calibrated dark setting. From what I read on AVS forum the calibrated dark setting should be used for Dolby Vision according to Matt from Vizio and the only settings that should be touched for Dolby vision HDR is the gamma settings. Exactly what does the gamma settings do? I have the P 75" and I always look for your input and analysis. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I would suggest telling people to calibrate the Vivid mode just because it's probably the most unused on this particular set just because it looks so bad and I can't think of a instance where anyone would want to use it.
Most picture modes can be made to look the same with the same picture settings. If you want to keep the 'Calibrated Dark' picture mode to default then applying our settings to the 'Vivid' mode will work. The 'Gamma' setting affect the brightness of shades of gray. As an example, using low gamma values will brighten some shadow areas. Gamma is usually fine at 2.2.
I work at a retail store and I have noticed that Vizio TVs (specifically the 70" 4K model) tend to be darker than the Samsung model I prefer (the UN65KS8000
.) The color seems to be a bit duller and more natural looking in the Vizio, while colors seem to really pop out on the Samsung. The Vizio I've looked at at work is an E-Series
, is the P-Series
colors comparable to that of the Samsung?
Samsung TVs in the store always look too saturated. This is useful for HDR content, but for normal content and when calibrated properly the colors will be about the same on Samsung and Vizio TVs. The maximum brightness of P series is higher than the E series, however still not to the level as the Samsung KS.
Is it possible to change the game mode display settings to resemble calibrated dark, if so would it look similar and would the input lag also be affected?
The game picture mode has the same input lag as calibrated dark, it's the 'game low latency' option that matters. Also the HDMI 5 port has the lowest input lag by far. The game picture mode can be made to look like calibrated dark by following our recommended settings.
Are there any setting you would recommend for gaming on the Vizeo P Series
other than game low latency and HDMI 5? And would you still recommend this tv over others for the PlayStation Neo and Xbox Scorpio?
You should have the best results for gaming with those settings and since the Vizio P 2016 have an edge for gaming over the majority of other TVs it should still outperform them when gaming with the future 4k consoles.
I am interested in this television. In reading the review, I am very pleased in this tv as I mostly watch streaming media and play video games. In my home theater set up, I have all inputs going to my 4K capable receiver and then one HDMI to my current TV. If I wanted to enjoy 4K movies, Netflix, etc and also use my PS4 Pro for HDR/4K gaming, will this TV suffice? Engage gaming input on TV when playing games?? Thank you
If your AV receiver support HDR, then you could connect everything to your receiver and then connect it to the TV via HDMI 1 to 4. If your receiver is not HDR compatible, then you should connect your PS4 Pro to directly into the TV HDMI port 1 to 4, if you want to be able to play in HDR. To enjoy HDR, you'll also need to turn on 'HDMI Color Subsampling' for the HDMI you will be using. Note that HDMI 5 has better input lag but does not support HDR.
In any case, to have better input lag while gaming, set your TV picture mode to 'Game' and turn on 'Game Low Latency' for the HDMI port where the PS4 Pro will be connected.
You said the refresh rate for the 50" version of this TV is 60 Hz but everywhere I look on Vizio, Best Buy and more says 120 Hz. Is the 50" 60 Hz or 120 Hz?
It's 60 Hz. The number given by manufacturers and retailers is a meaningless marketing number. Vizio will often quote 120 Hz Effective Refresh Rate or 120 Hz Clear Action. They're meaningless.
Great review, helped me to decide to purchase the 50" model, and am loving it so far. I also bought some wireless headphones (Bose QC35s) and was wondering if they should be able to pair up without any additional equipment. Seeing as the TV uses Bluetooth for the remote (I think) I thought this should be possible, but am struggling to make it work. Thanks!
The Vizio P doesn't support pairing bluetooth headphones, only audio out via Optical, analog and ARC (HDMI). You'll have to buy a transmitter to get this to work.
Will you be reviewing the Vizio M80-D3 and can you tell me how all these setting in the calibrated picture mode relate to each other, or how should they be set in order to eliminate or reduce the Soap-Opera look and instead get a picture like you would see on a movie theater. The owner's manual is very generic describing these which has me very confused:
• Reduce Judder
• Reduce Motion Blur
• Clear Action
• Reduce Signal Noise*
• Reduce Block Noise*
• Game Low Latency
• Film Mode
The Vizio M series schedule to be reviewed in July.
To eliminate soap opera effect on 24p or 30p content, set "Reduce Judder" to 0. For 60p content you will instead need to set "Reduce Montion Blur to 0. Those setting should take care of the soap opera effect and you won't need to change other setting.
I remember reading somewhere that there were going to be different calibration settings posted once a new version of calman was released. Although I cannot find wherever it was I read that, now that the HDR10 compatibility has been released will there be new settings posted?
At the moment, calibrating HDR is not really useful. You can just use the calibration posted here even for HDR and it should do a good job.
I was wondering since I read all the Q&As: for the best possible gaming experience on the TV I would have to choose Game mode, HDMI 5, and low game latency?
Correct. Note that HDMI 5 is the only port that does not support HDR. All the other ports support HDR but have higher input lag.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.