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Vizio M Series 2015 LED TV Calibration Settings

For our review of the M Series 2015, we used the 'Calibrated' picture mode. If you want slightly more aggressive local dimming, use 'Calibrated Dark' instead. Use HDMI 1-4, not 5, unless you want lower input lag or 60hz @ 4k. Otherwise, the upscaling isn't as good (see the Q&A section of our review for pictures).

Vizio M Series 2015 Calibration Settings 1

Increase 'Backlight' if you have a bright room or you find your picture too dim. Do not touch 'Brightness', or you will either clip the shadows or increase the blacks. If you are watching 480p or 720p, increase 'Sharpness' to 25.

Vizio M Series 2015 Calibration Settings 2

Here is an overview of the settings:

  • Color Temperature: Normal was the closest to 6500k. If you find it too warm (yellowish), change it to something colder.
  • Black Detail: This setting should be off in almost every case. Otherwise, the picture doesn't have the same shadows.
  • Active LED Zones: See the Q&A section of our review for details, but in short, we don't recommend it in most cases.
  • Reduce Judder: The soap opera effect on 24Hz or 30Hz input signals. See the Q&A section of our review for pictures.
  • Reduce Motion Blur: The soap opera effect on 60Hz input signals. See the Q&A section of our review for pictures.
  • Clear Action: Only reduces the backlight; it doesn't work as it is supposed to. See the Q&A section of our review for a picture.
  • Game Low Latency: Turn that on while gaming to reduce input lag. Also, input lag is even lower on HDMI 5.
  • Film Mode: Leave it to Auto for 24p content (movies).
Vizio M Series 2015 Calibration Settings 3

Turn on the noise reduction features if you are watching SD or cable content. If you set 'Reduce Block Noise' to 'High', it results in a loss of sharpness, so we recommend 'Medium' instead.

We have removed our color and white balance settings pictures from this page since it appears they became obsolete after one of the past firmware update.

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124 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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These settings look terrible.
Not everyone is used to this kind of unprocessed look, which could be why you don't like it. We recommend trying them out for a few days to see if you adjust to the more natural look. If you don't, just alter the settings to better suit your taste.
You can also email us to tell us what you don't like, and we'll suggest alterations.
Update: Try resetting the color and white balance settings to correct the picture. It appears that our settings became obsolete due to a firmware update. The rest of our settings are good.
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What the best picture settings for watching movies and what is best picture settings for watching sports?
Our settings should work equally well for both. For streaming and cable/satellite/OTA, make sure you have the 'Reduce Signal Noise' and 'Reduce Block Noise' options enabled.
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How do you get the 1.2.23-UHD fix for the soap opera effect bug? I'm not hooked up to the internet via the TV.
You'll need to connect your TV to the internet and then download the update.
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What are all the different 11 Point White Balance settings for?
Each percentage value (10%-100%) corresponds to a different shade of gray, from dark gray to white. The settings adjust the red, green, and blue levels in each of those shades to balance them, which in turn makes colors look the way they should.
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Should I upscale 720p or 1080i to 4k? Which is best for this TV?
720p. 1080i looks a bit jumpy on the M.
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I have the Vizio M70. What is the best picture for watching sports?
The settings we listed will work well for sports.
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Are these settings good for gaming? PlayStation 4 and Xbox One?
Yes, they'll work well for gaming. Make sure you use HDMI 5 and enable 'Game Low Latency' to get the least input lag.
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I found the "Game Low Latency" setting was the key to enabling/disabling the Soap Opera Effect, not the Reduce Judder/Motion Blur settings. I can simply toggle GLL, and SOE follows suit. GLL On means SOE is off. Am I crazy, do I have a different firmware? M60-C3, version 1.0.6.
No, you're right, and we have the same firmware. GLL does disable motion interpolation, but since it disables other settings that people may want to use, it won't be a proper fix for everyone. If you don't mind losing things like 'Film Mode,' then it's a good fix until a firmware update corrects the issue.
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This isn't a question, but more of a heads up since I read a few of you had the same problem as I did.
While trying to save the settings for the new picture, I found that after a few minutes the picture would revert to vivid. I called Vizio support and found out that my TV was by default on a setting for store display. Under 'Settings,' go to Factory Reset, follow the instructions, and now everything you do should save.
Thanks for writing in with this fix.
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Do you know if the new 1.2.23-UHD update fixes the soap opera effect bug? Does it include any other fixes?
We just checked on our M and the update has fixed that issue. We didn't have any other major issues with the TV, and there is no changelog, so we can't say for sure what (if anything) else has been changed.
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Good day, I just purchased the M70-C3; When playing games or Blu-ray the picture is perfect with some tweaking, however, when I watch TV (we have Dish Network), when people move about the screen they seem to skip, and I can't seem to get that adjusted out. The movement of the people is just very choppy. Is is possible that it's due to Dish? I would think that others have Dish and have not had this problem, but wanted some advice on it before I took the TV back to BB. THX
Have you disabled 'Reduce Motion Blur' and 'Reduce Judder'? If not, try turning those off. It should solve the issue.
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I tried these settings and the color settings in particular caused Caucasian skin tones on the TV to turn very red/pink. It looked extremely unnatural on multiple sources. I'm not sure they're accurate.
They're only guaranteed to work with our TV. Other TVs might be similar, and they might not. We mostly post the results to give people an idea of how far off the TVs are by default.
In your case, you'll get better results by using all our other settings and skipping the color and 11 pt. settings.
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I just got my copy of this TV today and I can confirm. The only way to disable the soap opera for me is to turn on gaming mode, which is a real bummer. I am debating returning the TV, but 23 steps and a repackaging is a royal pain. Any other way to make sure it stays off, or will we just have to wait for the firmware? Do you think they will even fix it?
We don't know of any other way to disable interpolation for good (other than turning on 'Game Low Latency'). Hopefully a firmware update is released to address the issue, but it has already been a few months, so it's possible Vizio doesn't intend to fix it.
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I tried these settings on my M50 C-1 and I don't like how I lose textures, and whites are brighter, and I can't read letters while playing my PS4. Any suggestions on how to have the textures pop, not have so much motion blur, and still be able to keep it not so bright or dark?
There aren't any settings you can tweak to improve the amount of blur. For the textures and text, try increasing the sharpness to about halfway and see if that helps.
Lastly, if you're sure you don't want the bright whites, you could try decreasing the contrast setting until you get a look you like.
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I've read many different posts regarding the HDMI-5 port on the M60-C3, some posts have said to use it, some have not. Currently I have my DirecTV hooked up to HDMI-5 with an HDMI cable that supports 60HZ. Is this the "best" option for the vizio or will HDMI ports 1-4 actually give me better picture?
For your DirecTV, use one of the HDMI 1-4 ports. Those have a bit more processing, and will help make your satellite TV signal look a bit better. HDMI 5 is better suited to 4k content, or even for gaming purposes, since it has less input lag.
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I have M65 I had just set it up while watching DirecTV on Input 4. The screen suddenly goes black for a few seconds, then resumes to the program being watched. Shows info at the top of the screen when it resumes. Needless to say, it is very annoying, especially throughout a show. Any solutions? Thanks

We haven't had this issue before, so we can't offer a guaranteed fix. Try switching to a different HDMI port, and if that doesn't work, try a different HDMI cable.
If neither of those steps fixes things, try connecting the TV to the internet and letting the firmware update to the most recent version. If nothing else works, contact Vizio support and see if they have a suggestion.

Update: One of our visitor reported that 'If your cable box / blu-ray / dvd has ARC and is set to 'On', you must use the HDMI port labeled "ARC" and the problem will disappear.
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I notice when I turn off LED Active Zones and the screen is all black there are light spots on the screen (backlight bleeding?). But when I enable LED Active Zones those spots disappear. Any thoughts?
No LED TV has perfect uniformity, so what you are seeing is somewhat normal (send us a picture and we will tell you if it is within normal margins). 'Active LED Zones' dims the individual LEDs behind the LCD layer, which hides these issues. It won't be able to hide the issues under all scenarios though. It works better on large black areas.
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I'm sure these settings were well thought out, but they are WRONG. Just bought one of these TV's, tried these settings, and got garbage results, especially for tomato orange shades, such as Clemson Tigers or Cincinnati Bengals. They were full-on magenta or pink. You can probably stick with all the suggested settings except for the white-balance adjustments. They will steer you astray.
The white balance settings are only guaranteed to work with our TV, and are meant to provide an idea of how much needs to be done to get good picture quality on the TV. We agree that, for you in particular, you're better off using all the other settings, but skipping the white balance adjustments.
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I have the M60-C3 and, although I'm no subject matter expert, I am seeing a lot of pixelation and it's a bit disturbing. I mainly watch sports. Any recommendations?
Enable 'Reduce Signal Noise' and 'Reduce Block Noise.' That should cut down on the pixelation.
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Are the reduce noise settings necessary/advised when streaming Netflix 4k? Netflix HD?
It's advisable to use them, just to help eliminate some of the blockiness caused by the video compression.
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Is the UHD upscaling from 1080p-4k automatic? I haven't found a setting to enable or disable it. Thanks.
It's automatic. UHD upscaling just allows a signal with a smaller resolution to fill the screen. The image will not become any more detailed through this process, so there's nothing to enable/disable.
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Would you recommend different settings for DVD vs Blu-ray content?
The 'Reduce Signal Noise' and 'Reduce Block Noise' features should be enabled for DVDs, but not for Blu-rays. The rest of the settings should be the same.
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What is the difference between the 49" and 50" TVs, other than the obvious size difference? Seems odd to have two 2015 TVs only one inch apart. Thanks.
Update: The 49" version is an IPS TV, which means it has weaker blacks, but a wide viewing angle. The 50", on the other hand, is VA, and will be consistent with the results of our testing.
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When setting the picture mode to 'Calibrated' on my Vizio M55-C2, it jumps back to the 'Vivid' picture mode when I change a channel. How can I lock in the picture mode to remain in the 'Calibrated' mode for all channels?
It should lock in by default. Just to be clear, you're switching to a different TV channel, and not to a different input? It's normal for the settings to change from input to input, but switching TV channels should not switch the picture settings.
You may want to try unplugging everything from your TV, including the power cable, and then waiting 30 seconds before plugging everything back in. Set the picture to 'Calibrated,' and then try changing channels and see if the picture mode switches.
If nothing works, you'll need to contact Vizio for support.
Update: One of our visitor also noted that this specific problem could be cause by the TV being in 'Store Mode'. Just be sure that the TV is set to 'Home' use and see if the problem persist.
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My son decided to throw a toy at my old Philips 42 inch HDTV, so I picked up the Vizio 55 inch M-55. It's definitely bigger but I've noticed its running at 60hz. Is there an option to enable 120hz? I'm plugged into the HDMI 1 port and all my devices feed into that through my sound bar.
No, the M 55" and smaller are only 60Hz TVs. They can interpolate (via the 'Reduce Judder' feature), but only up to 60 fps.
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I have already checked several times and there no more updates for the vizio M50 C1. That last time there was update, it was/is 1.3.15-UHD. I have already copied the settings for the M50 C1 you guys posted, and I even reset the white balance settings after copying them from Cnet for the M65-C1, because only the settings for the 65" model were posted, (don't know why). So what I'm asking here is, would you please post the color & white balance settings pictures? I only have TWC and nothing else is allowed in this pre-war building. No dish, RCN, etc. I already am watching TV in 720p because that's all the cable box allows, and everything still looks wrong on the M50-C1 I own.
Also, does the M50-C1 support Full RGB? I have it enabled on the PS4, but when I switch it back to Automatic or even Limited, the colors look too light, and are not strong/decent enough as they are on Full RGB.
Lastly, should I keep 'deep color output' on the PS4 on or off?
Thank You.
It supports Full RGB automatically. Currently, Sony recommends only changing the 'Deep color output' setting if your picture does not look right. In your case, it's probably best to leave it alone.
Here are the settings we used for the M-series. If you find the picture quality looks worse with these, just reset the values back to defaults.

Color tuner:
Red: Hue: -20; Saturation: -3; Brightness: -12; Offset: 0; Gain: -8
Green: Hue: -5; Saturation: -18; Brightness: 20; Offset: 0; Gain: 0
Blue: Hue: -14; Saturation: -1; Brightness: 48; Offset: 0; Gain: 0
Cyan: Hue: -4; Saturation: -4; Brightness: 3
Magenta: Hue: 1; Saturation: -3; Brightness: 0
Yellow: Hue: 0; Saturation: -11; Brightness: 2
White balance
10% Gain: Red: -3; Green: 1; Blue: 1
20%: Red: 1; Green: 4; Blue: 2
30%: Red: 2; Green: 6; Blue: 3
40%: Red: 1; Green: 6; Blue: 3
50%: Red: -5; Green: -1; Blue: -4
60%: Red: -2; Green: 2; Blue: -4
70%: Red: 1; Green: 8; Blue: 6
80%: Red: -10; Green: -2; Blue: -8
90%: Red: -9; Green: -3; Blue: 1
100: Red: -4; Green: -3; Blue: -50.
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How do I get movies from my laptop to the Vizio M55-C2 via WiFi? Thank you.
You'll need to go to the media streaming settings of your laptop and enable DLNA streaming. Your laptop's shared videos will then appear in the Vizio 'Multimedia' app.
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I have the 70 inch version of this television, and after applying the rtings tunings I can see real improvement in the picture. I'm primarily viewing sports, and one criticism I have is that the whites appear overly bright and super saturated. This is must evident in clothing & uniforms, but strangely not that distracting on graphics or overlays. Is there anything that can be done to bring the whites back in line as has been done with the rest of the picture? It's pretty distracting.
Assuming you all have the same settings as us, you have 4 choices.
1) Reduce the backlight. This will affect everything linearly.
2) Reduce the contrast. This will darkens more the brighter objects than the darker ones.
3) Change the gamma. This changes the whole gamma curve, so it will also affect the shadows, not just the highlights.
4) Reduce the white balance of the 100% 11-pts (all RGB values equally). This will only reduce the highlights.
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In the 'Questions & Answers' section you stated that 55" and under are only 60Hz, even with motion blur and reduce judder. However, the box for my 43" states 120 Hz effective refresh rate. Could you please explain.
The 43" is in fact a 60Hz TV. It maxes out at 60 fps so is not considered a 120Hz TV. The 'Effective refresh rate' Vizio advertise on it's box is misleading and doesn't reflect the real refresh rate.
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I own the 43" model, and I had a $2,000 Samsung that died. With all due respect to the reviewers and input here, the Vizio has outstanding black level, brightness, color, and overall build quality. I set up all my TVs myself, and watch movies like Spider-man 3, which other sets can't seem to handle very well, lol. I'm talking pricey sets. This movie is smooth as silk. My old Sammy failed big time, as it did on I Am Legend, X-Men, etc. Games on my PS4 and Xbox One are fast, smooth, and crisp. Listen kids, you can go spend upwards of $4,000 if you like, but if you plan on turning off all the features that you're paying for, just to get great picture, just buy a 1080p 60hz set and don't bother chasing technology. I would buy this set 10 times over. Truth.
Thanks for sharing your experience with this TV. You're right that it punches above its weight, and has really great picture for the price. Most people probably would be quite happy with it.
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Don't use the "Active LED zones? The whole point of buying a "local dimming" LED TV with backup lighting LED zones is to improve the quality of the picture. Please explain why you suggest not activating LED Zones?
We don't find it terribly accurate. It does dim dark portions, but it also dims the highlights. Considering the whole point of local dimming is to improve contrast, we find dimming bright portions to be a negative outcome.
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I am thinking of buying this TV. My setup is that I run one HDMI cable from my yamaha receiver to my current TV. I don't really want to change this, so what would be the best input 1-4 or 5 to use? I would be using this for movies, tv and gaming.
HDMI input 1-4 will give you better picture quality for cable TV and still deliver the same quality for movies and gaming. HDMI 5 is only useful to reduce further the input lag in game mode from 45.2 ms with HDMI input 1-4 to 18.5 ms using HDMI input 5. Most people won't notice that difference of input lag, so use HDMI 1-4 instead if you only want to use one HDMI port for everything.
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I have my Blu-ray plugged into HDMI 5. Would I be better off using one of the others, and why? Would it be best used for a UHD Blu-ray? I'm not a gamer. Also, do you recommend setting Noise Reduction to medium for cable? What about for DVD or Blu-ray? Thanks for your help.
A Blu-ray player (any of the regular Blu-Ray, UHD upscaling, or the future UHD Blu-ray players) will look fine on that input. HDMI 5 is really only a bad fit for interlaced content, like you can get from many satellite/cable channels.
You should set the noise reduction feature to medium for cable and DVD, but not for Blu-ray.
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Are there any good methods for adjusting the color calibration settings at home? I feel like I'm so close using your other settings, but not quite there without the color calibration.
It's not really something you can eyeball. You would need to either get a professional calibration done, or buy a colorimeter and calibration software to be able to do it yourself.
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How do you download updates for the Vizio M50-C1?
The TV should automatically update itself if it is connected to the internet. There isn't a manual option in the menu.
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Hello, I have the M43 model, there is a small dark grey circle on the center of the screen (not a dead pixel). Whenever I pan around also in games like GTAV I notice these vertical bars that seem to be uneven in color. Is this a defective backlight or the DSE? Thank you.
It looks like a defect, but send us a picture if you want us to chime in on whether it is just normal DSE or not
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I am considering using this TV as my monitor for my mac. I already own this TV, so I was thinking about selling an older mac for a new one that supports 4k and then using this as my primary monitor screen. What are you thoughts, precautions, advice, or suggestions? Thank you so much for your reply.
This TV isn't ideal for use as a monitor. It doesn't support chroma 4:4:4, which means text won't look quite as crisp as you would get with a regular computer monitor.
If that doesn't bother you, there aren't any precautions or suggestions in need of making. Just enjoy your TV!
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I am a fan of the soap opera effect. What settings would I have to do to get the most out of that effect? Thank you.
Set the 'Reduce Motion Blur' and 'Reduce Judder' settings to the highest settings.
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The firmware update for this TV includes gamma settings. What would you recommend now that we have access to that setting?
Use 2.2. It's what we choose whenever we have the option, and is pretty standard for most other reviewers and calibrators, too.
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I just bought a Vizio M49-C1. Audio keeps fading every few minutes regardless of channel I am watching. TV is connected to the Dish network. Is there a setting I need to adjust?
Turn Off 'Volume Leveling' in the 'Audio' menu. If that doesn't work, it may be an effect off how the TV does surround sound so try to turn that option Off too in the same menu.
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I am planning on buying the Vizio M43-C1. My internet provider (AT&T) states it is best to directly connect the TV to the modem instead of using the WiFi function, as wired connections get better download performance. Is this done through the Ethernet port on the TV, and do you agree with this advice? How does this work in conjunction with the U-Verse box that, from your other answers, should be connected to one of the 1-4 HDMI connectors and not the HDMI 5 port? Thank you for your advice!
Wired connections are indeed better, and the Ethernet port is the one to use. That said, a wireless connection is usually good enough for most people, and there will be less clutter. It won't interfere with the U-Verse box at all, so you'll be able to set that up however you want.
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I assume the "Reduce Judder" is the interpolation and "Reduce Motion Blur" is LCD pixel overdrive. Other than "Reduce Judder" and "Game Low Latency Mode" what settings affect the display lag? I may be crazy, but I like the local dimming and other processing, but for gaming I want the lowest possibly lag. What can I safely adjust without increasing display lag?
Both are interpolation, but with different triggers. 'Reduce Judder' is for 30 fps and less content, while 'Reduce Motion Blur' is for 60 fps inputs. They both interpolates in the same way. As long as you turn on 'Game Low Latency', you don't need to worry about input lag, because this automatically disables features that increase the lag (like the reduce *).
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I calibrated my Vizio E-series 50" and like my final settings. I would like to save them so that if someone messes with the settings, I can go back to them. How do I do this? Thanks for your explanations! While I wasn't absolutely happy with your recommended calibrations, it was a good starting point and helped me to understand the settings better.
In the menu, go to 'Picture' -> 'Picture Mode Edit' and then choose 'Save Picture Mode.'
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Every channel I turn to says 720i when I hit the info button. The picture doesn't seem to be as clear as my old Samsung 1080 55". Is there a way to get programming in 1080? My Xfinity X1 box supports it and I have the HDMI cord hooked up.
You'll need to go into your cable box's settings and try to get it to output to 1080i. Unfortunately, Vizio TVs aren't great at displaying interlaced content, so the picture still won't be as good as what you got with your old Samsung TV.
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Since the source content has a lot to do with the preferred settings for that content, are there settings "presets" I can configure? Basically, if I'm watching a blu-Ray what's the best method to configure proper settings for that content without having to drill down the settings menus each time I change source?
The easiest solution is to use different HDMI inputs, which can be configured separately. But if you are only using one device, there is no good way. You could save a picture mode (under 'Picture Mode Edit'), but you will still have to apply it each time you change what you are watching.
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Just setup Vizio M55-C2 using your suggested settings. Backlight was too dim, so I increased it. So far the settings seem to work fine. The white balance was at 5% and set it at 10%, but could not see tell differences in your screen shots at different settings.
I have noticed since I turned it on that many commercials appear to be washed out (reduced contrast and color). I had not noticed this on my old Sharp 40". Is this something that is to be expected with larger panels? Thanks.
If you're copying the white balance settings, you need to input them for every value, from 10% to 100%. Each represents a different shade of gray, so you need to do all of them to get the look right.
The washed-out look may just be because your settings aren't done correctly. Try correcting the rest of the white balance and see if that fixes things.
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I purchased the 43" M-Series, and I have my PS4 connected to HDMI 5. I also use the playstation for streaming and watching blu-rays. I went ahead and calibrated separate settings for gaming and watching movies, and I made sure to turn game low latency on for the gaming mode. Is it better suited to use HDMI 1-4 despite the lower input lag achieved , or should I leave it connected to 5? Do blu-rays have better quality on 1-4? Blu-rays seem to look amazing on 5, but the streaming is not as good as I would like. I also made sure to enable reduce noise for streaming.
The increase in input lag from HDMI 1-4 isn't really that much noticeable. Do the test. Switch between HDMI 1 to 5 and see if you notice the increase in input lag. Since it still stays kind of low, chances are that you won't notice the difference and would be better using HDMI 1-4 for everything. Blurays will look at least as good (or even better) than on HDMI 5.
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I have M60 C3. Should I set my Directv box to Native or 1080i?
To get the best quality on the Vizio M, set your DirecTV box to 1080i if there is no 1080p option.
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You say "Clear Action: Only reduces the backlight; it doesn't work as it is supposed to." - I think Clear Action inserts dark time to reduce motion blur, so maybe it is actually working as it supposed to. This would explain the reduction in backlight. Have you tested it on while turning up the backlight to compensate?
Compare our picture of Clear Action with the one we posted on the review of the E series, and you will see the difference. Yes, it is supposed to darken the picture, but it is also supposed to reduce the frequency of the backlight to reduce image persistence. It does on our E60-C3, but not on our M60-C3.
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So I have a Vizio 55 in 4k tv and I hooked the hdmi 4k compatible cord up to my cable box and the tv. But the tv channels look terrible. Do I need to get another cable box so tv channels look better?
Probably. You need an HD cable box to view HD channels and it needs to be setup properly. You can usually find the letters 'HD' written on your cable box if it is compatible. In any case, your cable customer service will be able to help you get the appropriate cable box and help you set it up correctly.
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These settings are way off. It has nothing to do with an "unprocessed look". They are just way off. I don't know how the settings could be so off on your test TV compared to our TV's we bought at the store, but these settings aren't even close to right. People's skin looks red like a tomato. Oranges look redish/pink. Everything is just way off.
We agree. It seems like some firmware update changes the way our settings worked. To correct the picture, reset the color and white balance values. We just removed the pictures for those settings from this page. Thanks to you and the others that pointed that out. We appreciate your concerns.
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On my old Panasonic and my now crushed Samsung plasmas, I always liked to watch everything on Vivid mode with cool temp. I would have all the extra settings off, like noise filter and such. I hated pixel shift. It was the worst; I could actually see the pixels on the screen move, so that was always turned off. So I'm wondering what will be the best picture setting for me to really make the picture pop. I basically want to set up the best picture setting for gaming, cable, and movies.
Also, I use my PS4 for streaming with a direct connection to the internet at 100mbs download, 50 upload. And should I use different settings for the PS4 when gaming versus watching a Blu-ray vs watching Netflix on it? Or should I use a separate Blu-ray player and use the smart features on the TV? Thank you so much. I'm sure a lot of people have the same inquiry.
For your preferred look, use the 'Vivid' picture mode, and then choose either 'Cool' or 'Computer' for your color temperature. For the rest of the settings, we recommend going with what we've listed.
For the most part, the same settings will be good across all those needs. The exceptions are the 'Reduce Signal Noise' and 'Reduce Block Noise' features. Those are good for streaming and broadcast TV, but not good for Blu-rays and gaming.
Use your PS4 for Blu-rays and gaming and leave the noise reduction features off, and use your TV for the streaming. You'll be able to use the noise reduction features, and the TV can stream in 4k and the PS4 can't, so there's a real upside to going with Vizio's included apps.
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When your display lag report says: Input Lag: 18.5 ms With Interpolation: 43.9 ms Outside Game Mode: 103.6 ms What do each of those mean? What combination of settings do each result in?
'Input Lag': With 'Game Low Latency' turned on, under HDMI 5
'With Interpolation': 'Game Low Latency' off, 'Reduce Judder' and 'Reduce Motion Blur' to the max, under HDMI 5.
'Outside Game Mode': HDMI 1, 'Game Low Latency' off.
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I recently picked up a Vizio M65-C1, and have been generally pleased so far. Sometimes there is a noticeable choppiness to a person on the TV. For instance, a scene looks great but then a person on TV moves their hand, and it just isn't smooth and glitches as the hand moves. I have tried adjusting settings, but it still randomly does it.
Also, I have a ton of movies on VHS that look 'great' on older TVs, but on this TV, faces are hard to make out and it doesn't look as good as it should. Is there anything on the TV I can adjust? The VCR is a Sony RDR-vx500 connected via component connection to the TV.
Try disabling 'Reduce Judder' and 'Reduce Motion Blur' to fix the glitchy movement.
Unfortunately, Vizio's TVs aren't great for lower resolutions, and there's not much you can do to fix that. Increasing the sharpness a bit could help, so try that and see if there's a different level of sharpness that you like the look of.
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Does it matter which input (1-4) I use for my cable hook up?
No. Any of those four will do.
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Thinking about buying the M70-C3 for newly finished basement. Are the HDMI ports 2.0 or 1.4? Also, the price is very hard to beat right now but I see the ratings for sports and gaming are not the best. Is it really noticeably bad? I wish there was a way to see/test visual results (PS4, X1, NFL, BPL, etc.) before taking home.
All HDMI ports are 1.4 except for number 5 that is listed as 2.0 (it doesn't have the full bandwith of 18gbps though). The ratings for sports and gaming are affected by the motion blur the TV has but it's by no mean bad. It's more noticeable in video games than sports but on the plus side it has the least amount of input lag so it is still good for gaming. If you want to compare with other TVs, you can find our motion blur comparison here. You can think of the logo as a moving object or person either in video games or sports.
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I just had DirecTV set me up with a Genie 4k mini box that gets me some 4k programming from DirecTV. Should this box be connected to the HDMI 5 port?
For that source, any of the other HDMI ports (1-4) will work better. The 4k content will look just as good (HDMI 5 is only really more important for 4k at higher frame rates), and those ports are better for interlaced content, which means some HD and SD channels will look better than on HDMI 5.
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I just purchased the Vizio M60-C3 and noticed that my version says 1.0.6. I am connected to the internet via WiFi. How do I get the latest firmware update? Or is this it? Thanks.
No, it's not the latest. We have firmware version 1.2.23-UHD. Since you've connected it to the internet, your TV will automatically update, so just hang tight.
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I just bought the Vizio D55u-D1 because the guy at the store said it was the newer model (went in to grab the M55-C2) and it was basically the same price plus I saw that the energy use was lower. What exactly did I do? Did I get a lower end series accidentally? I see that there are fewer "active LED zones" but most reviews don't even recommend using them. This is the first TV I've bought in forever and want the best for the money (would grab an OLED if I could justify spending over $1000; which I can't). We only stream shows and movies through Netflix and such (no cable or satellite or over air TV) sometimes we'll rent a Blu-ray through redbox and play it through my Xbox One. I of course play games on my Xbox One but I'm not really into 1st person shooters, so I'm not sure input lag is that big an issue for me. Sorry if this is way too many details, but I just wanted the best answer! Thanks in advance, your site is the best.
Yes, the D Series is a cheaper variant of the M Series. The main differences as you pointed out is less LED zones. That doesn't matter much but it could produce more uniformity issues, as well as a less effective local dimming (if you like that feature). But because we didn't reviewed one yet, we can't say how the picture quality really compares to the M.
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Please describe the SOAP OPERA Effect. I have read all to the last and still don't know what the effect is on the TV Screen.
Check out the video that we filmed here that shows this effect in slow motion.
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I have the Vizio 55M series UHD. When I try to watch a Netflix show in UHD, the wireless signal only shows 5 mbps. I have Comcast as my cable provider and pay a premium for 50 mbps to the modem. We had TIVO installed and when they setup, they provided a new cable/modem, and I also added a Netgear N600 router. I also added two Netgear signal extenders. I paid all the money for TV, added a good router and extenders and cannot get a 4K picture. I understand 25 mbps is required and I only get 5 mbps. I'm frustrated. Running a hardwire would be a challenge, and the cable cannot be hidden from sight. Any thoughts? Is there a setting I need to make on the TV? Your reply would be appreciated. Thanks. Tom
It really depends on your home and network setup. Unfortunately, nothing can be changed in the TV settings to better the signal. Are you able to get 25 mbps with another wi-fi device from the same room the TV's in? Sometime extenders can drastically cut the maximum wireless speed. You may have some interference too so try to change the router/extenders channels. If you can't find a better setting and running a wire is out of the question, you may try fast powerline network adapters such as these.
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Why is there many different point white balance settings shown? Which do you recommend?
They are all active at the same time, so you need to enter all of them.
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I have used the suggested settings above, but the white and the white words on the screen still seem to be to bright almost like a blur compared to the rest of the picture. I turned the back light setting down as well as the contrast setting, and the brightness setting a pinch, but then the rest of the screen gets too dark. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Keep the rest of our settings and try making an even reduction to the white balance settings for 90% and 100% until the whites look better.
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I have everything (cable, Blu-ray, games) hooked up to my home theater receiver, and the receiver plugged into my HDMI port 5. Is that correct? Do I need to change any settings? Do I need to buy a 4k receiver? Thanks.
HDMI 5 is fine for Blu-ray and ideal for gaming, but isn't good for cable. For best results, you should connect the cable to HDMI 1-4.
The settings we list will work fine for everything, and there's no need to buy a 4k receiver if your current one is working for what you want to do.
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I noticed in the Q&A you mentioned that "the M 55" and smaller are only 60Hz TVs. They can interpolate (via the 'Reduce Judder' feature), but only up to 60 fps." According to Vizio's website, 43-55" models are 120 Hz (www.vizio.com/m-series#compare). Is this false advertising, or were the models you tested 60 hz and now Visio is producing 120 hz? Would the motion blur be such an issue on a model with 120 Hz?
Vizio lists an 'effective refresh rate' number, which is twice the real refresh rate. It's not really false advertising, but it's certainly misleading. That said, we don't expect there is any significant difference between 60 hz and 120 hz M-series TVs when it comes to blur.
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I have a M49-C1. The "status" bar keeps appearing randomly at the top of the screen without touching the remote or TV. I use an over-the-air antenna connection for broadcast TV. I have good signal. This only happens when watching broadcast TV. VIZIO customer support says this is not normal and has replaced the unit but I still have this issue. I suspect it may be connected to a change in the antenna signal. If there is a "burp" in the signal it may trigger the status bar to reflect a change. Any ideas / suggestions ? Other than this annoying issue the set is fantastic!
It would seem like a hi-cup from the antenna signal. Since it is doing the same on a different TV, try a different antenna. The Vizio TV might be sensible to small changes in the incoming signal. Unfortunately, there is no settings on the TV to play with the antenna signal or to disable the 'info' bar.
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What's the difference between 4k @ 30hz and 4k @ 60hz (HDMI 1-4 or HDMI 5)? Is 4k @ 60 hz the best quality for 4k movies?
The difference is just that HDMI 1-4 can accept a 4k signal at up to 30 frames per second, whereas HDMI 5 can accept a 4k signal up to 60 frames per second.
Movies are usually 24 hz, or 24 fps, so neither of those frequencies is better than the other. The M-series' film mode works equally well for both, so movies will look great whichever input you choose.
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On my Vizio M50-C1 (using all of your settings except for white balance and color tuner), I've noticed white text looks hazy on a black background, but when I highlight the text with a different color, it appears much sharper. I've tried lowering contrast and increasing sharpness, but it hasn't helped. Is there any way to achieve less hazy white text on a black background?
Unfortunately, no. The M-series isn't capable of uncompressed chroma (chroma 4:4:4), which is necessary for crisp text. Increasing sharpness a bit is the only thing that can help some.
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I have a Vizio M60-C30. I have version 1.2.23-UHD. I noticed I cannot get Amazon Video to play UHD videos or to even see them. It's only 1080p. Whilst Netflix can play the UHD content. Is this because the Amazon app on Vizio doesn't support UHD? Or is there something else I need to do?
Vizio's Amazon app supports 4k but most of the 4k content is reserved for Prime members. That is maybe why you have a hard time finding UHD contents.
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I have a Club 3D DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 adapter. This adapter is very new, however customer reviews seem to show that it is indeed providing 4096 x 2160 @ 60 hz effectively at 8 bpc 4:4:4 RGB. This TV, on the other hand, says "No Signal" when I up the settings from 30 hz to 60 hz at 4K.
I'm using a high speed HDMI cable with Ethernet and a Radeon R9 290x with DP 1.2. The funny thing is, the HDMI 1.4a output on the 290x allows me to output 1080p @ 120 hz. However, with the adapter, 1080p @ 120 hz results in "No Signal." I've tried the color space between YCbCr and RGB, to no avail. Any solutions?
We have not yet tested an adapter of this sort, so we can't offer any solutions for your problem. It's likely that the TV just doesn't support the adapter for some reason. The M-series also does not support 4k @ 60 hz @ chroma 4:4:4, which could be another reason why you're not seeing anything.
We will be purchasing a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter and testing just this kind of scenario soon, so we will hopefully have something a little more concrete to offer in the coming months.
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Is there one place where i can see all of the recommended picture settings for each picture mode for a Vizio M60 C3?
We calibrate all TVs with the same goal; get a white luminosity of 100 cd/m2, a white balance value of 6500k and colors that match rec 709. To start with, we use the closest picture mode to this target ('Calibrated', in this case). Since the target is always the same, using any other picture mode would result in the same looking picture, only with different settings. That's why we only post settings for one picture mode.
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Any new settings since the most recent update?
We don't have this TV any more, so can't comment on any settings changes since the update.
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Hello. Does the Vizio m43-c1 have a glass panel? Thanks.
No.
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I noticed that there is a "game mode" and "computer mode" in the picture settings. We're these modes tested at all? Are they recommended? What changes do these modes make?
We tried every modes. They behave the same way but have different presets (the color temperature is different on game mode vs computer mode).
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Why do you recommend that you leave the Active LED Zones off in most cases?
It is really a personal preference. The main problem that we had with it is it dimmed part of the picture that shouldn't be dimmed. Try both and stick to what you prefer.
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For M60-C3, can't use my AT&T remote for controlling volume. Is there any way I can merge the Vizio remote and AT&T remote?
There are instructions detailing how to do this available on AT&T's website.
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For Xbox One and PS4 do you guys recommend Reduce Judder and Reduce Motion Blur on? Can you provide recommended settings for each (1-10).
You'll get optimal gaming performance by leaving them both disabled. If you want to clarify movement a little, 'Reduce Judder' will help. We don't have a particular setting to recommend, though - it's all down to your taste.
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Which 11 point white balance setting should I use for PS4/X1 gaming and which one for streaming using the Vizio Amazon app for 4k? Is it all a personal preference? Right now I'm using the one at 20%. And what exactly does it do? So far the quality is a lot better and a lot closer to what I'm looking for. I want the colors to really pop out.
To properly set the white balance, you need to calibrate for every value, from 10% to 100% white. Each is a different shade of gray, and they will all need to be correct for the calibration to be considered proper. You shouldn't copy our settings, though, as they're different for each individual TV.
We recommend leaving the white balance settings alone, though, since our recommendations will get you 95% of the way to ideal picture for free. A full calibration is pretty expensive. And if you really want colors that pop, ignore our settings and use the 'Vivid' picture mode.
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I'm having a hard time getting the yellows to look "right". They all seem to be a bit faded with a greenish tint. I can't get a nice, bright vivid yellow (Best Buy sign yellow.) Any ideas?
Open the color tuner, and change the 'Hue' of the yellow color to something you prefer. You can also make the yellows pop more by increasing 'Saturation'. Keep in mind though that the TV doesn't always do what you tell them to with these settings (sometimes changing the saturation changes the hue, and vice-versa).
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How do I update the firmware for the VIZIO M55-C2? Thank you.
Just connect your TV to the internet and it will update itself automatically.
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When you created the recommended Settings above for this model, were they done with the TV in a dark room or a bright room? That said, I'm always confused as to how I should adjust my settings. Should I adjust for a bright room setup or a dark room setup? Any bright room becomes dark at night anyways, right? So how do you choose? Is the assumption that you should always watch TV in the dark?
I purchased this set for my living room, which is very bright, but I can make it very dark during the day with my blackout curtains. So are there two different settings for each scenario? (Would be great if you could save settings for both instances and be able to switch between them with the touch of a button.)
We test our TVs in a dark room, but that doesn't make a difference for the settings. The only thing that you might want to change is the backlight setting
It is possible to save different settings, so you could have separate daytime and nighttime options if you want. Once you have set everything the way you want, go to 'Picture Mode Edit' -> 'Save Picture Mode,' and you can then switch away from and back to it whenever you like.
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I have a new M50-C1 and any screen movements cause blurring of the pixels. For example, when a person is talking, the facial movement causes blotching to their skin. It looks like a bad paint-by-numbers painting. Also, the background grass in a football game will blur during a play.
I've tried all of the standard settings and would like to know which settings to adjust to make the most impact. I'm using OTA input and am not happy with the TV thus far because of this. Thanks.
Try using the 'Reduce Block Noise' and 'Reduce Signal Noise' features. Those should help cut down on pixelation.
If that doesn't work, you may want to try re-positioning your antenna and seeing if you can find a stronger signal.
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I just bought this TV last night. I'm curious, do you need to wait the recommended 100 hours before calibrating?
No. Any difference that might present itself during that time would be very minimal. No need to wait.
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I applied your recommended settings to my Aunt's 43", except the white balance settings, which you said to leave alone. However, flesh tones seem to be very red.
We recommend waiting a couple of days to see if you adjust to the new look. If you still find skin tones look too red, change the color temperature to something cooler (bluer).
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I intend to buy the Vizio 4k M-series 55" TV. I love the soap opera effect (motion interpolation), want to know if this TV has that option, and also if it looks amazing. Thanks.
It does, but it only interpolates video up to 60 fps. If you want to smooth 60 hz video, you'll need to get a 60" version or larger.
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What is the best HDMI input to use and calibration settings for Apple TV?
HDMI 1-4 will be great for an Apple TV. As for the settings, use the ones we posted.
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My 4k Visio does not look like the 4K TV's I see in the store. The picture just does not look as sharp and detailed as the other 4K tvs. Why? I have a pc hooked up to the Visio through one of the HDMI ports and play all content that way, Netflix as well as AVI and MP4 movies.
Try our settings first. The picture quality will depend on your PC settings too so make sure these are good. As for the files that you play, the bigger the size the better (as a rule of thumb). The Vizio M isn't the best at upscaling lower resolution contents so if you play files lower than 1080p, let the computer do the upscaling instead of the TV.
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Hi, I recently purchased a 55" M series. Very happy with the TV so far. One down side is that I've noticed certain HD channels appear very grainy. Example is watching football on Fox this past sunday or watching the Celtics on CSN. Most sports look great but certain programs are appearing very grainy despite being broadcast in 1080P. Thoughts on what the issue could be?
Cable TV doesn't broadcast in 1080p. If the TV is reporting the feed as being 1080p that means your cable box is upscaling the signal. Unfortunately, the Vizio M isn't that good at upscaling but you can still see how it compares by disabling the cable box upscaling. The TV will then automatically do it. Also try the 'Reduce Block Noise' option to help with lower quality broadcast.
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How are the color tuner and WB settings saved? Are they global? Are they linked to an input or picture mode? Can you have different settings for different viewing activities?
There are a few options. By default, settings are linked to both input and picture mode. You could therefore have different adjustments to the 'Calibrated' picture mode on different inputs. You can also save your picture mode/adjustments into a custom picture mode, which you could then apply to a different input.
And yes, you could have different settings for different uses, if you wanted. You would need to make a manual change to those settings, though - the TV won't automatically switch for you.
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I have the Vizio M70-C3 and I set everything like above, step by step for the most part. I like image but the people's skin looks like they are sunburnt. I have made adjustments and reduced that but the red seems more like a magenta and burgundy. What changes can I make to help this and make sure I have the best image quality. Thanks, John.
It may be due to the white balance settings. Just reset the white balance values and that should fix the problem. Those values are unique to each TVs so just don't use them but everything else.
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"We have removed our color and white balance settings pictures from this page since it appears they became obsolete after one of the past firmware update."
What does this really mean? Does the last update have "perfect" color and white settings? Do you have any new recommendations based on the last firmware update?
No, it doesn't mean the color is now perfect by default, but rather that the reproduction of some element of the picture was altered by the update.
We don't have time to come back and recalibrated the TV unfortunately. But anyway, it is generally not a good idea to copy the white balance settings of other TVs, because the good values change depending on the unit.
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Hi there, thanks so much for all your answers so far! I have several questions I didn't see specifically addressed and I hope you can help.
1) I have a PS4, PS3, and WiiU all hooked into my receiver, and one HDMI cord from the receiver into HDMI5. The receiver is 7-8 years old. We use an antenna for watching TV, so no cable box. Would this be the optimal setup that you would recommend, or do you have another setup you would prefer? What about plugging in the most-used item (the PS4) into HDMI5 then using an optical cable to output the sound to the receiver?
2) In a movie last weekend (streaming via Netflix), a black object was speeding across a bright white sky in a fast-paced action sequence, and I noticed it left almost a black jagged trail behind it. This is the only issue I've encountered so far. Any ideas on what's going on?
3) Is there any benefit to or difference with streaming Netflix or Amazon Prime via the apps on the TV vs the apps on the PS3 or PS4?
4) Given my described setup, do I need to check and see if my HDMI cables are the 2.0 version? I've had them for well over 6 years, so I'm wondering if getting new ones might optimize my experience (or if even my old receiver might need an upgrade).
Thanks again for all your informative answers and reviews!
That setup works well, and will get low input lag for all three consoles. Stick with it.
If you look at the 20%-80% transition (dark to light) in this image, you can see the response time is pretty high. Higher response time means a longer trail on movement, so what you saw is unfortunately normal.
The TV's Netflix and Amazon apps will be able to stream 4k UHD video, whereas the PlayStations max out at 1080p.
Your HDMI cables are all fine for what you're looking to do. If ever you get a device that outputs 4k UHD, you may need new cables. For now, since they all max out at 1080p, you're fine with the ones you have.
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I purchase my Vizio M65-C1 in August of 2015 based on your recommendations and am pleased with it. As I recall, you gave the TV 4 stars and a 7.7 overall. I now see it is rated 7.4. Did you change the rating or am I mistaken?
That's correct, the weighting of each rating has been changed to try to more accurately reflect the user experience. See the (?) next to each rating to see what it is comprised of. Any updates to the scoring method can be seen here.
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Hi. Please help! I have the Vizio M-75 C1. The HDMI port 5 is the high speed/frame rate port. I cannot get any device to display through it. DTV box won't (which is fine as that's a waste of the port's capabilities). But PS4 and Samsung UHD-8500 native 4K player won't either. I am using high speed 18gb hdmi cables (allegedly - bought off eBay but from a solid seller and it works on all the other TV ports). Think I got taken on the cable and should try buying a monster cable at retail and see if that does it? Thanks so much for you time and trouble!
Try a different cable, we use the Amazon Basics HDMI cables found here. We have noticed that with our Vizio M Series 2016 the low latency port requires a better cable than those that work on the other 4 ports for the input lag test.
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The apps bar stays on my set, and the instruction booklet doesn't address how I can get ride of the bar when I'm trying to watch a Direct TV program.
It shouldn't stay on your set after you've selected the app you want. Try unplugging everything from your TV, including the power. Wait about 30 seconds, then plug everything back in and try using your TV as normal.
If that doesn't work, contact Vizio for assistance in solving the issue.
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Bought an M43.
When watching sporting events, the boxes with scores and stats in the corners are cut off. Tried all of the screen modes (wide, stretch, normal, etc). All of them cut it off, though some more than others. How do I fix this?
Look for a setting on your cable or satellite remote, something like 'aspect ratio,' 'screen format,' 'zoom,' or 'wide.' Try some of the options with that setting and see if any can correct the issue.
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Not a question, but an answer to the question about the 49"vs 50" sizes. I had the same question and on Amazon someone answered it.
The 49" has an IPS panel and the other is a VA. I did some looking around/research and decided on the 49". I am happy with my choice so far.
Thanks for letting us know! We have updated our answer.
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When I watch tv I can see a reflection from my window. I have the mc43-c1. Thank you.
Unfortunately, reflections aren't avoidable unless you move the TV somewhere else or install opaque shades in front of the window. What you can do on the TV is increase the 'Backlight' setting so the reflection becomes less noticeable.
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We have a new m60-c3 in our conference room with a new pc connected via HDMI-4. The tv randomly goes black for a couple of seconds and then the picture comes back, with the HDMI-4 and DPI tag showing at the top like the tv refreshed it's display. Can you recommend any reasons for this happening, and what I can do to prevent it?
It might be a problem with the source. Try with a different PC. Also try a different HDMI cable as well. If you still have problems with a different PC and cable, try the HDMI 5 input on the TV. This input should also give you better response time.
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I sit five feet away from the TV. Previously, I owned a Vizio E60-C3, which isn't rated well but looked great to me even at that distance, and even when watching cable TV. I just upgraded to a M60-C3 (and before that, a Samsung UN55JS8500) and both just don't look as sharp as the E60-C3. Is it my imagination? I know I could probably sit further away, but why would the picture look less sharp (pixelated) on these newer, more expensive models? Also, how do I know if my picture is being upscaled to 4k (could that be the issue)?
What you see is 4k upscaling. On a 4k TV, everything is automatically upscaled to 4k unless the source signal is already in 4k. Since you sit really close to the TV, lower resolution contents upscaled to 4k will look less pixelated because it's harder to see each pixels. For example, 1 pixel of a 1080p signal will be represented with several pixels on a 4k TV, looking less pixelated and more smooth. In other words, you are not watching a 1080p resolution, you are watching a 1080p source signal at a 4k resolution. You may also notice that the Vizio M has more blur in motions so it could add to the impression that it is less sharp. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to counter that problem. On the good side though, you will definitely enjoy every details of 4k at that distance.
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When should the new firmware update be available for the m65-c1 and if I'm looking for a very crisp bright picture what settings should I use.
Unfortunately, we don't have a picture window for when manufacturers release new firmware. Our calibrated picture results in a warm/yellowish picture. If you want a more vivid picture, use our settings with a different picture mode. Try a few and stick with the one you like the most. If you just want to increase to brightness of the screen, increase the 'Backlight' setting.
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I just purchased a 2015 Vizio M55-C1. The picture isn't as clear as the reviews made it out to be. My eight-year-old Vizio was much clearer. My cable box says the picture is 1080i and the HDMI cable is in port 1. I'm contemplating returning the TV. What gives?
Vizio TVs aren't the best for watching interlaced content (1080i), so that would be a likely explanation. Try changing the box's output so that it sends a 720p signal instead. That might get a picture you like better.
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I recently purchased the M49 C-1 and was unaware that it used IPS instead of VA. Will this make a significant difference in my gaming experience (with input lag etc) on my PS4? I'm considering returning it and getting the M-50 instead. Of the two, which would be best for gaming?
Both should have about the same input lag. The main downside of IPS is that the blacks are worse. You do get a wider viewing angle, but that doesn't make up for the poorer picture quality from right in front. If you like it, keep it, but trade for the 50" if you want better blacks.
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Hi, the M49-C1 close captioning menu doesn't appear when connected via hdmi in the manual... does that mean you can't use the tv's close captioning (as opposed to say my tivo's close captioning) unless you have some other connection and why would they do that since most connections are hdmi?
The HDMI spec doesn't support close captioning, so every TV, not just the M49-C1, doesn't support it.
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I just bought M49-C1 and M55-C2 from Sam's Club. Both tv's when hooked to my external audio receiver are setup to output dolby digital 5.1 out the optical connection to the reciever. However when I set the tv to bitstream instead of pcm, the screen on my receiver flickers and will not output any sound. I end up having to change it back to pcm on the tv and then all I get is stereo as expected. This behavior does not happen using bistream from my samsung tv, ps3, or ps4. Just this tv. I know some implementations of bistream can be weird and not work for all scenarios. PS3 and PS4 give options on which one you want to use (dts or dd5.1). The tv just says bistream with no other option. As for the samsung tv I have it will output dolby digital 5.1 on tuned in tv content only and all others are pcm. This is the first tv I have ever owned that said it will take 5.1 from each of the HDMI ports and pass it via the optical output. One of the key features I was counting on when buying it. My receiver is mid 2000s and does not accept hdmi audio since it has no hdmi inputs of any kind. Any suggestions?
For 5.1 passthrough, the TV need to be set to 'Bitstream' AND the PS3/PS4 too. For example, when playing a bluray on the PS3, hit the triangle button and select 'AV settings' then change 'Audio Output Format' to 'Bitstream'. Then your receiver should output 5.1 sound from there.
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Just purchased the M55 and whenever we watch blu rays there is some lag between our surround sound and the picture. I.e. Lips out of sync. We have a Sony bluray surround combo. Lip sync setting doesn't seem to do anything.
If the 'Lip Synch' setting doesn't fix the problem, try to see if there is a similar option on the bluray player. On the TV, setting 'Game Low Latency' might help. Finally, if nothing else works, try to use a different connection between the two devices (HDMI or Optical).
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The M49 uses a different type of LCD panel than the other M series TVs, have you covered that in any of your reviews? The M49 should probably be independently reviewed, right?
We do mention it here and there in the Q&A, and yes, ideally we would review that size separately. Unfortunately, we currently don't have the resources to review multiple sizes of given models, so we won't be doing an in-depth look at the M49.
That size has weaker blacks and a wider viewing angle, so skip it if you watch TV from directly in front, and consider buying it if you need to be able to watch TV from off to the side.
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I used your custom settings for the 55-inch Vizio M, and overall they are markedly better than other calibrations I have used. The one problem I am having is that certain fair skin tones will occasionally be far too red, like the person has a full sunburn. Overall red hues appear a little too dominant. How can I tone this redness down without creating noise or artifacts, which was my issue with other calibrations?
First, try changing 'Color Temperature' to something colder. This will affect all the colors, but might give you the look you want. If you really only want the red, reduce 'Saturation' of the red in the colorspace menu.
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Will you guys be doing a test on the settings for the 49" M-series? I know the TV is different than the rest and I tried your settings and it looked different.
No. We are only reviewing one unit per model line, so we won't be getting around to that TV. You might want to try our the settings from the 2014 M-series TV, which used a similar panel to the one in your 49" unit. You can find those here.
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It seems as with one of the new firmware updates the "Reduce motion blur" setting has disappeared. I have "Reduce judder" turned off, however when viewing cable and recorded video from my TiVo Roamio, sometimes the people seem to skip a bit and become jittery.
Currently, the Tivo settings are set to output 1080p passthrough and 1080p 60z. Should I set this to 1080i? Should I be using a different input? Currently its going to a pioneer receiver which feeds into HDMI 1. When I hit the info button on the tv the resolution shows 2160p. Is this correct?
It's normal for the 'Reduce judder' feature to create some skipping in the video. Changing the signal type won't fix that problem.
That said, it sounds like your receiver is outputting a 4k progressive signal, so there's no need to also have your TiVo doing deinterlacing. Output 1080i from your TiVo and the receiver will do the rest.
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I watch a lot of sports on my new M50-C1, so the color green is very important to capture the correct color of grass (especially golf courses). With the recommended settings, green now appears more lime or neon looking. How can I obtain a truer color of green without affecting other colors that look fine? Can you provide a specific setting I should focus on?
Under our calibration settings green should look natural. Make sure the values under 'Color Tuner' are fine. If somehow you find the green too saturated, lower the saturation of the green only (under 'Picture' - 'Color Calibration' - 'Color Tuner').
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Why does my antenna signal look sharper than my blu-ray movies? The movies look grainy and has the picture quality of a DVD. It says 1080p but it sure looks worse then my old TV.
HD over antenna signal look surprisingly good since the signal isn't compressed as much as cable. Still, your blu-ray movies shouldn't look like DVDs. If our settings doesn't look right, there is most probably a problem with the source. Try to use HDMI 1-4 and if needed a different blu-ray player. The settings on this one might also be the issue. If you can't pin-point the problem, reset the blu-ray player settings to default.
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I recently upgraded the HDMI cable to my M50-C1 to an active high speed one. Now I lose the option to select motion blur in the picture settings, why is this happening?
Rest assure, it isn't because of your new HDMI cable but because of the new Visio firmware. Vizio removed 'Reduce Motion Blur' from the menu of 60Hz TVs, which is a good thing since that setting has effect on 120Hz TVs only. The values that you may had there before weren't doing anything.
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I have a DirecTV Genie connected at 1080i to an Onkyo receiver, with the receiver's main HDMI OUTPUT set to 4K, connected to the Vizio M60-C3 HDMI port 1. What is the best resolution setting for the Genie and receiver?
Your current setup will work well, so no need to change anything.
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I am calibrating a new 65" M-Series. Regarding color temperature, I find that Normal (or warm) is the most accurate though full whites appear a bit too yellow. However, Cool is far too blue. Would you suggest a setting within Color Tuner to "whiten' the whites a bit away from the yellow tint?
Sure. Set the color temperature to 'Normal' then in 'Color Tuner' increase the Blue 'Gain' only until the picture appears better.
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1) I just bought an M55-C2 and it seems that right after a power cycle, the "Reduce Motion Blur" setting is gone. There is only "Reduce Judder" now. Know anything about this? The TV is reporting 1.3.15-UHD. Not sure what it was at first. Maybe I took a FW update?
2) Is there a way to copy a custom Picture Mode? I can do this when modifying a built-in picture mode and then going to Save Picture Mode. But I can't edit a custom picture mode then save it with a new name: the "Save Picture Mode" is always grayed out in this case and it seems to auto-save when I change something, which is a pain when just experimenting. The "*" never appears next to a custom picture mode name if I edit something. It just automatically saves.
Thanks for the settings and explanations! Helped so much.
1) Yes, it's a firmware update. 'Reduce Motion Blur' is meant to interpolate 60 fps video, which is something the 55" M-series cannot do (its maximum refresh rate is 60 hz). You can use 'Reduce Judder' to interpolate sub-60 fps video.
2) Unfortunately, no, but we agree that it would be useful.
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On my 2015 Vizo M 70 inch I have a Roku 4 box plugged into input number 5. When I select the input the information band at the top of the screen says it is 720p. This what I see when streaming movies from Amazon. The picture itself generally looks very good, but should it not be 1080p. I believe the input for the cable box says 1080p and the picture is no better and perhaps even a lesser quality.
The 'Info' button on the remote will show the resolution of the incoming signal on the top of the screen. If it says 720p, then the Roku must be sending 720p. On the Roku, make sure to select 1080p under 'Settings' and 'Display Type'. Also, if your internet connection can't handle the speed required for 1080p, the resolution won't go higher than 720p. You need to have a connection speed of at least 5mbps.
Update: A visitor wrote in with the following: "Roku 4 has to have the 4K setting enabled, and in this case Amazon content must be chosen from the Ultra HD menu."
Verify that both of those requirements are met.
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Whenever I hook up my HDMI cable to #5 then to my ps4, it won't me give me a screen?
The PS4 should work correctly when connected to the HDMI 5 input. Try to manually select 1080p under the PS4 settings (Sound and Screen - Video Output Settings). It could as well be because of your HDMI cable. Try a different one (high speed).
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Something to add: The Roku 4 outputs 4K and when plugged into HDMI 5 on the TV should display 2160 when streaming 4K content. Roku 4 has to have the 4K setting enabled and in this case Amazon content must be chosen from the Ultra HD menu.
Thanks for the tip! We've updated the answer.
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The YouTube app on the M60 will not be able to play true 4K resolution videos because of a lack of codec support, according to CNET. What is the best way to get 4K YouTube on this TV? The Amazon and Netflix apps stream perfectly in 4K. Would hooking my PS4 up to the HDMI 5 and streaking YouTube through the PS4 be a better idea? Am I going to have to get a Roku 4? I also tried connecting a laptop via HDMI but it didn't work that well.
You need to get a streaming device that can output 4k, so yes, a Roku 4 would work, as would an NVidia Shield. PS4 can't output 4k, so that won't do it.
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You guys are awesome! I have Vizio M65-C1 and Sony HT-CT770 with ARC support. I have hdmi from cablebox to soundbar and hdmi from soundbar to the TV (input 5). When I load a built-in app (Netflix/Youtoube/Amazon/etc) the sound isn't sent back to the soundbar. I need to go into settings and turn on the tv speakers to hear it. What am I doing wrong? I tried in addition to the above config adding a toslink from the TV to the Soundbar and it doesn't seem to work. Maybe I have it on the wrong setting?
If you want to get the TV audio to the sound bar using an HDMI cable, you need to connect the TV end using HDMI #1 (ARC). Then on the TV go to Menu > Audio > and set ‘TV Speakers’ to ‘Off.’ In the 'Audio' menu, set 'Digital Audio Out' to 'Bitstream'. Finally, go to Menu > System and set CEC to ‘Enabled'.
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First let me start by saying how much I appreciate your in-depth reviews and recommendations. After consideration of needs, performance reviews and matching my needs/preferences to performance/value, I opted for the M65-C1. In addition to this purchase, I also purchased and am using the Yamaha RX-V677 Receiver/Amp in part because of its 4K upscaling abilities. It is connected to the HDMI 5 and using 2160 Processing for output. For the moment I'm using my Xbox One to run my Streaming/Video Apps thru the RX-V677.
I must say that after some testing, I'm much more impressed with the upscaling of the Yamaha compared to the built in upscaling of the M65. Here's an example: While running older content (Munsters, B/W from 1965), the upscaling performed by the Yamaha RX is impressive compared to running the M65's native Netflix of the same show, which is much less desirable.
The Yamaha almost makes the show look like it was shot in B/W 1080 except for not having the widescreen format. Other streamed content and playing Blu-rays on the Xbox One are stunning.
So, here are my questions: The Yamaha is set to 4K output with processing. When I look at the specs it says [c/p] 4K Ultra HD pass-through = Yes (60p / YCbCr 4:4:4) but then lists [c/p] 4K Ultra HD Pass-through and upscaling = Yes (latest HDMI version for 4K Ultra HD 50 / 60p). So, is the upscaling output at 4:4:4 also, or is that a parameter that doesn't apply to the 'processed' output?
If the processed output is at 4:4:4 then how can it be performing as well as it is if the M65 doesn't support that? Also, if the processed output is at 60 and the M65 is 120, then is the M65 processing/upscaling the performance to 120? Is there a setting that needs to be changed to accomplish that if possible?
It just means that it can accept and pass through a 4:4:4 signal. It will not upconvert media so that it has chroma 4:4:4.
With a 60 hz input, the TV will just automatically play each frame twice, thus bringing the refresh rate up to 120 hz. The M doesn't accept 4k @ 50 hz, but you have almost zero odds of running into that resolution and frequency combo anyway.
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I am about to purchase a new 4K-ready A/V receiver. I have DirecTV and in order to watch 4K programming (eventually), DirecTV states that the TV needs to be HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 compliant. I know I need to run HDMI from the satellite box to the HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 port on the receiver, but in order to get the best picture, would I plug the HDMI cord from the receiver into HDMI 1 (ARC) or HDMI 5?
You'll need to use HDMI 5. The other inputs do not support HDCP 2.2, and so UHD video will be downgraded to 1080p on those ports.
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I know you have said to use HDMI 1-4 for DirecTV but if I have an A/V receiver that upconverts to 4K (Yamaha RX-V479), would I be alright plugging the HDMI from the receiver into the Vizio in HDMI 5? Or would I still be better off using HDMI 1-4? Would I still see a loss in quality?
That would work fine. The issue is that HDMI 5 isn't great for handling image processing of interlaced footage, but that's not a problem if the receiver will be doing the work.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.