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Consumer Reports: making your flat screen SPARKLE!

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(WMC TV) - Consumer Reports' testers shared simple steps you can take to improve your flat-screen TV's picture -- steps that won't cost you anything.

In the stores, the TVs are set up to really pop and catch your eye underneath those bright fluorescent lights. But that's not the lighting you're going to have in your living room.

The first thing you'll probably see when you turn on your new TV is the option that
indicates a "Home" or "Store" setting. Obviously, go for the "Home" one.

Next, you'll want to select the picture mode. Freeze the set on an image with faces and
plenty of detail. Check the picture options in your menu. If your TV has a "THX" mode, then go with that.

If not, then look for settings called "Movie," "Cinema," or "Pro." Any one of those settings
should give you the most natural-looking picture.

You'll see modes such as "Vivid" or "Dynamic," but avoid those. Though they might sound good, the picture ends up overly bright and harsh.

There are also a number of settings you should turn off completely, including "Noise
Reduction" and "Edge Enhancer." You should also turn off the "Power Save" mode.

In general, you want to turn the "Blur Reduction" features on to get the sharpest picture
in fast-moving scenes. But that is often coupled with a "Motion Smoothing" feature
that you want to turn off, because it's going to make film content look more like a soap

Keeping your TV screen clean also improves the picture. Consumer Reports said never use window cleaner, alcohol, ammonia, or paper towels, which can damage the screen. Instead turn off your TV, let it cool, then wipe it gently with a microfiber cloth.

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