How to Calibrate a Sharp Aquos

by Melissa King
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When you set up your Sharp Aquos LCD TV for the first time, you'll need to calibrate it for the best picture quality. The default picture settings were set at the factory and are not appropriate for a home environment. When calibrating, start with the manufacturer's recommended settings, as defined below. You can then adjust the settings to suit your personal preferences.

Step 1

Power on your Sharp Aquos TV and press the "Menu" button on the remote control.

Step 2

Use the left or right arrow button to select "Picture Settings" and then press "Enter."

Step 3

Press the down arrow button to select "Backlight." Change the backlight setting to 16. By default, this setting is usually set at 5.

Step 4

Select "Contrast" and change the setting to either 17 or 21, depending on your preferences and what looks best on your TV.

Step 5

Leave the brightness and sharpness settings at zero or, if the picture seems too bright, change the setting to -15.

Step 6

Change the Color Temp setting from medium to low. This will give the picture a white balance with a reddish tone.

Step 7

Change the Digital Noise Reduction, Fine Motion Enhanced, Active Contrast and Power Saving settings to "Off." When on, these settings override those you entered manually.

Turn Optical Picture Control (OPC) off if your TV has this feature. This function automatically sets the brightness based on the lighting in the environment, overriding your brightness settings.


  • These calibration instructions may not produce the best results on your specific Aquos model. Additionally, your model may have settings not listed here. If you're not satisfied with the results, tweak the settings until you find the ones that look the best on your model.
  • If you want to reset all settings to their factory defaults, select "Reset" on the Picture Settings menu and choose "Yes."

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  • Ethan Miller/Getty Images News/Getty Images

About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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