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Samsung MU6290/MU6300 TV Picture Settings – RTINGS.com

Samsung MU6290/MU6300 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 for the Samsung MU6300. These settings are also valid for the Samsung MU6290 which offers the same performance but without a smart remote or voice control.

We will describe the settings you should adjust for gaming, HDR, and movies. For a summary of our recommended settings, see the link in the description below to our website. Now unlike the higher end Samsung TVs, all of the inputs are located on the side of the TV.

If you have an external soundsystem which supports an Audio Return channel or ARC then you should connect it to HDMI3 and this will allow you to route the audio from any apps or other HDMI sources through your external speakers.

Unlike last year’s KU6300 all of the inputs to this TV are otherwise identical so connect your sources to any of them. If you’ve got older devices which support a component or composite outputs then you should connect them with these included adapters.

When you connect an input, the TV will try to identify what it is and change to the appropriate input icon and label. This usually works well, but if you’re using a PC and want to ensure support for Chroma 4:4:4 then you can go to the ‘Home’ menu and press up on the HDMI port to set the corresponding PC icon.

This is the only icon which affects the picture quality, the rest are all cosmetic. If you’ve connected any newer or high bandwidth devices such as the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro then you’ll want to adjust the bandwidth of the HDMI port.

To do so with the MU6300 smart remote you can hold the voice button on the remote and say ‘HDMI UHD Color’. This also works well for setting the remainder of the settings shown in this video. If you prefer to use the buttons or have the MU6290 with the standard remote then press the ‘Home’ button on the remote and go to ‘Settings’ -> ‘General’ -> ‘External Device Manager’ -> ‘HDMI UHD Color’.

You can activate this option for all of your HDMI inputs, but if you find compatibility issues with older devices then you can disable it. For the remainder of this video we will look at only the MU6300, but note that all of the recommended settings are identical.

If we press the ‘Return’ button on the remote to go up a menu then there is an option for ‘Game Mode’. Enable this setting to bring the input lag down to around 20ms for gaming. Some picture processing options are disabled but you can still follow the remainder of this guide.

Depending on your device, the HDMI Black Level setting may not be available. This setting corresponds to the video range of the input device. If it is incorrect, then it results in crushed dark scenes or a raised black level and loss of contrast.

For the best results, it should almost always be left at ‘Auto’. Now, we will go up a menu and disable all of the ‘Eco Solution’ settings. These settings cause the brightness to adjust automatically which can be distracting if it doesn’t quite adjust as you prefer.

Now, under ‘Picture’ adjust the ‘Picture Mode’. The most accurate picture mode is ‘Movie’ and it also allows the most setting customization, so is the one we recommend. The rest of the picture settings are in the ‘Expert Settings’ menu.

To see the effect of the ‘Backlight’ option we will be using white level measurements taken of a checkerboard pattern on our MU6300. Increasing the ‘Backlight’ increases the overall screen brightness without reducing the picture quality.

You should adjust this to suit your room, but for our room with some lights on we’ll set it to 13 v which corresponds to a brightness of about 200 nits. If you’re watching HDR content then you should set the backlight to maximum to produce the brightest highlights.

To see the effect of the ‘Brightness’ slider we can measure the ‘Gamma’ curve which shows the relationship between dark and bright areas. 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. For example, a high gamma value toward the left-hand side of the plot results in deeper dark scenes but may result in loss if details in a bright room.

Unlike most other TVs, the brightness slider on 2017 Samsung TVs affects the gamma in dark areas. You can increase the ‘Brightness’ to bring out dark scene details or decrease it for a deeper image.

We leave this to the default value of 0 as it is closest to the standard that movies are mastered at, which is a flat gamma of 2.2 across the range. The contrast option affects the brightness range and contrast of the display.

This should be set as high as possible without losing details in highlights. The default value of 95 is provides a good brightness range, without loss of details. A sharpness setting of 0 results in no added sharpness.

If you are watching lower quality content and don’t mind sharpening artifacts then you can increase it slightly, but too high values will result in artifacts such as ringing around edges. To identify the best value for the color setting we can measure the colors of the TV and compare them to a reference target.

We will display these results on a CIE xy diagram, where squares on the diagram show what a calibrated display should achieve, such as the reference display that the content was mastered on. Circles on this diagram show our measurements of the MU6300.

We can see that increasing the ‘Color’ past 50 causes the TV to oversaturate colors as the measurements lie outside the target. Decreasing the color results in a bland or washed out image as the measured points undershoot their saturation targets.

The default value of 50 is best for an accurate image. The ‘Tint’ setting adjusts the balance between Green and Red, which has the effect of rotating colors on the CIE xy diagram as shown. The default value with equal amounts of green and red is the most accurate.

Setting ‘Apply Picture Settings’ to ‘All Sources’ causes the display settings to be universal and applied across all inputs. Setting it to ‘Current Source’ allows you to change these pictures. If you prefer a brighter image when gaming for example, you can use different settings for a Blu-ray player and console.

For most people it is best to use the same settings across all inputs. If you are watching low quality content such as DVDs or cable then you can enable ‘Digital Clean View’ to reduce noise. You should disable this for high quality content though to avoid softening the image.

The ‘Auto Motion Plus Settings’ menu is for motion interpolation and image flicker options. To learn more about how these affect the motion performance, see the videos linked in the description. These settings aren’t available in game or PC mode, to avoid adding input lag.

If you enjoy the soap opera effect when watching movies then select the ‘Custom’ option and increase ‘Judder Reduction’ to 2 or 3. This TV has a 60Hz panel and so this is the maximum frame rate that content can be interpolated to.

‘LED Clear Motion’ flickers the backlight to clear up motion. If you’re watching sports or other fast motion then you can activate this, however the resulting flicker is distracting to some people and it does decrease the overall screen brightness.

‘Contrast Enhancer’ affects the relationship between dark and bright areas of a scene. You should disable it for the most accurate image. The ‘HDR+’ option doesn’t enable HDR but instead adjusts the TV settings to provide a brighter and more saturated image.

If you prefer a more vivid image then you can enable this option but if you want to match the director’s intent then you should leave it disabled for a more accurate image. ‘Film Mode’ is only available with certain input signals, such as 1080i sources.

If this option is available and you’re watching a movie, such as from cable TV, then activate this. We can see the effect of ‘Color Tone’ on the CIE xy diagram. Cooler values cause all of the colors to shift down and left towards blue.

Warmer values look yellow or reddish. We calibrate to the standard 6500K color temperature that movies are mastered at which corresponds to a value of ‘Warm2’, but you can adjust this to your preference.

For more pop use a cooler value. The ‘White Balance’ menu contains advanced adjustments to the white point at different brightness. These require measurement equipment to set accurately. You can find our values in the review for reference, but we don’t recommend copying them as the best values vary on a unit-by-unit basis.

When the TV detects different content metadata it will automatically switch the ‘Gamma’ option to the correct value. For Hybrid Log Gamma content this will default to HLG, for HDR10 or Dolby Vision content it changes to ST.

2084 and for SDR content the correct value is BT. 1886. We can also measure the effect of the gamma slider. Increasing the value results in a lower gamma curve, which increases the overall brightness of the image and brings out details in dark scenes.

A lower value increases the curve and produces deeper dark scenes, but may crush details in a bright room. You can increase the slider in a bright room, but we use a value of 0 as it is closest to our 2.

2 target. The ‘RGB Only’ mode filters the primary colors of the image for calibration by eye. The ‘Color Space Settings’ affects the target color space. The ‘Custom’ value allows for calibration of the color space, but this requires measurement equipment and the best values change from unit to unit.

This TV doesn’t support a wide color gamut so the ‘Native’ setting doesn’t expand the total color space but instead oversaturates intermediate points. For accurate colors set this to ‘Auto’ for both SDR and HDR content.

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, subscribe to our channel, or become a contributor. Thanks for watching and see you next time.


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