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Rob H’s LG OLED TV Settings

These are the settings I use on my 2017 LG B7P OLED. Other model years have slightly different options in some cases, which I’ve tried to mention where applicable. But no promises that I’ve remembered everything!

These are in the order: SDR Settings for a Dark Room, SDR Setting for a Bright Room, HDR10 Settings, Dolby Vision Settings. If I only list one setting, then that’s for all four.

GENERAL:

Make sure HDMI ULTRA HD Deep Color is turned On for any inputs you are using with HDR sources. For 2018 and later models, this will be under Additional Settings within the Picture Menu.

PICTURE MENU:

Smart Picture Mode = Off

Picture Mode = ISF Expert (Dark Room), ISF Expert (Bright Room), Cinema (User), Cinema (User) (NOTE: For Dolby Vision, Cinema strictly follows the PQ EOTF, Cinema Home is essentially a lower gamma to lighten dark shadows, which is nice for a daytime viewing mode)

Aspect Ratio = Original; Just Scan = On

Energy Saving = Off

Eye Comfort Mode = Off

OLED Panel Settings = Screen Shift = On

PICTURE MODE SETTINGS:

OLED Light = 14, 45, 100, 60 (NOTES: For SDR: the automatic brightness limiter (ABL) is essentially inactive with the OLED Light set to 35 or lower. 45 is about as high as you can go without it being obviously noticeable. — For Dolby Vision, the OLED Light setting functions differently than for SDR or HDR10. In SDR or HDR10, it changes peak light output. But in Dolby Vision, since Cinema Mode strictly follows the PQ EOTF, this setting is repurposed to adjust the average picture level. 50 is correct for a nearly pitch black room. I use a dim bias light, so 60 preserves all shadow detail in my ambient lighting situation for Dolby Vision)

Contrast = 85, 85, 100, 100

Brightness = 51 (NOTE: One click up is necessary to eliminate the tiny bit of black crush at 50)

Sharpness = 0, 0, 0

H Sharpness = 0

V Sharpness = 0

Color = 50, 50, 55, 50

Tint = 0

EXPERT CONTROLS:

Dynamic Contrast = Off, Off, Low, Off (NOTE: For HDR10, this setting has been repurposed in 2017 models to activate LG’s Active HDR processing. For 2018 and later models, set to off in HDR10 and turn on Dynamic Tone Mapping instead)

Super Resolution = Off

Color Gamut = Auto, Auto, Auto, Wide

Edge Enhancer = On (NOTE: In a crazy, apparent error, On turns edge enhancement Off in 2017 LG OLEDs. 2016 & 2018 models don’t have the same menu error, and Off is correct for those)

Gamma = BT.1886, 2.2, greyed out, greyed out

WHITE BALANCE:

Color Temperature = Warm2

The rest of the White Balance Settings require measurement to adjust properly, but if you use the 2 Point Method setting with only Low and High Point settings, you can correct any obviously too red or too blue error by eye. On my particular set, I set Blue to -2 for the Low Point, and Red to +3 and Blue to -3 for the High Point. But it will vary unit to unit.

COLOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM:

Similarly should not be touched without measurement gear.

PICTURE OPTIONS:

Noise Reduction = Off

MPEG Noise Reduction = Off

Black Level = Auto, Auto, Low, Low

Real Cinema = On

Motion Eye Care = Off

True Motion = User with De-Judder and De-Blur sliders both set to 0 (NOTE: User with both sliders at 0 activates 120Hz refresh without doing any frame interpolation)

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