Recently my 12 year old Samsung series-7 local dimming LED failed. Which was a pity, because of it’s very good image quality (back in the days). So, time for a something new, which isn’t worse given it’s age.

I had set my mind sometime already on an LG OLED TV, due to it’s incredible image quality and (HDMI 2.1) features like, HDR (incl. Dolby Vision), ALLM, VRR, 120Hz refresh, film maker mode, eARC and those kind of features to be future proof.

At a local electronics shop I purchased a color calibrated LG BX6 55″ OLED TV (OLED55BX6LB).

LG BX6 series OLED

The shop configured 2 additional calibrated image profiles in the TV. Check out the profiles section for the exact settings. One profile was added for bright and one profile for darker rooms. The dark profile clearly is my favorite, because it highlights everything that an OLED TV stands for; pitch black dark and vivid colors.

Why this post

Most people don’t have gear to calibrate their TV, so sharing the exact configuration can benefit others. Hopefully the information in my post helps you configuring your own OLED TV, so everyone can enjoy the insane image quality.

I must say that I was blown away, compared to my previous TV, that already had decent image quality due to it’s full array local dimming feature. Especially 4K Dolby Vision enabled HDR series like “Our Planet” (Netflix) or light saber scenes from “The Mandalorian” (Disney+) are so much fun to watch.

LG is the only manufactures of OLED display panels, the settings can probably be used for other brand / models also. I’m almost certain you can use the settings below as a good baseline for all the 2020 LG OLED models, but test and see for yourself.

The calibration gear

If you previously read posts on my blog, you’re probably a techie like me and can appreciate a bit more background to the matter. Based on the calibration report, the gear below was used for calibration.

The shop used “Portrait display” products:

Software: Calman Video Pro

Calman Video Pro is the essential tool to drive business for calibrators and AV integrators. With this software, professionals can easily differentiate themselves from the competition in terms of color accuracy and quality assurance.

Color calibration for color professionals and home theater consumers.

Pattern generator: Portrait Displays VideoForge Pro

The compact, hand-held Portrait Displays VideoForge PRO outputs highly accurate, reference-level 4k HDR video test patterns via HDMI. Dynamically generate any color patch requested by Calman on the fly, including grayscale, gamut, saturation sweeps, and 3D LUT calibration patches.

Generates highly accurate, reference-level 4K HDR video test patterns.

Meter: Portrait Displays C6 HDR2000

The Portrait Displays C6 HDR2000 Colorimeter is one of the most advanced light measurement devices available on the market. With its ability to provide accurate readings for the most demanding calibrations, wide range of support for display technologies, and field-upgradable capability, the C6 HDR2000 is the clear choice for your next colorimeter.

The C6 HDR2000 meter provides accurate readings for the most demanding calibrations.

Image Profiles

The shop created 2 new calibrated image profiles on the TV. The exact settings can be found in the table below, in addition to the HDR-Effect and Filmmaker Mode presets.

Meter Mode: OLED (White) – LG, Panasonic

SettingPre CalibrationHDR ProfileFilmmaker ProfileExtra
Profile 1
Extra Profile 2
(My favorite)
Picture ModeEco
(Default)
HDR EffectFilmmaker modeisf Expert (Bright Room)isf Expert (Dark Room)
Energy SavingAutoOffOffOffOff
OLED LightEnergy Saving100259060
Contrast100100859085
Brightness5050506250
Sharpness2520101010
Color6050504650
Tint000000
Dynamic ContrastLowOffOffOffOff
Dynamic ColorLowOff
Color GamutWideWideAutoExtendedAutomatic
Super ResolutionMediumMediumOffOffOff
GammaHigh1MediumBT.18862.4BT.1886
White Balance
Colour Temp.C 20W50Warm2Warm2Warm2
Method2 points2 Points2 Points
High: Red / Green / Blue0 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 20 / 0 / 0
Low: Red / Green / Blue0 / 0 / 01 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 0
Colour: Saturation / Tint / Luminance
Red0 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 0
Green0 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 0
Blue0 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 0
Cyan0 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 0
Magenta0 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 0
Yellow0 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 00 / 0 / 0
Peak BrightnessOffOffOffOffOff
Noise ReductionLowLowOffOffOff
MPEG Noise ReductionLowAutoOffOffOff
Smooth GradationLowLowOffOffOff
Black LevelLowAutoAutoAutoAuto
Real CinemaOnOnOnOnOn
Motion Eye CareOnOffOffOffOff
TrumotionNaturalNaturalOffOffUser
De-Judder0
De-Blur10
OLED Motion ProOff
Eye Comfort ModeOffOffOff
Filmmaker ModeOffOffOff
Calman Calibration Report

Calibration reports

The pre and post calibration reports can be found below. Both reports show the greyscale and primary / secondary color measurements before and after the calibration. In general a Delta E2000 (dE) deviation of 3 or less is considered not visible.

Calman Pre Calibration Report

The pre calibration measurements show an average dE 2000 deviation of 10,7 for greyscale and 7,3 for colorspace. These are both way off and probably due to the preselected “Eco” image profile.

Remarkable is also the imbalance for blue, which the “RGB Balance” chart shows clearly. Secondly, the colorspace bar diagram shows that “Cyan” is imbalanced also.

Calman Post Calibration Report

After calibration the average dE 2000 deviation is clearly below 3, with values of 0,6 and 0,8 respectively. Also the colorspace imbalance is gone.

To conclude

By using the image profile settings in this post, you hopefully can enjoy your OLED TV to max. The mentioned settings are probably a good baseline for all 2020 LG OLED models. For older LG models or models from other manufacturers (Philips, Panasonic, Sony) the setting may improve image quality, but test for yourself.

Have fun watching your favorite movies and series in awesome quality.

Cheers, Daniël


6 Comments

Nige · February 6, 2021 at 16:47

AWESOME ! Thanks for sharing !

    Daniël Zuthof · February 7, 2021 at 08:39

    Hi Nigel,

    Thanks for the comment. Hopefully you experience awesome image quality also.

    Cheers, Daniël

Steve · May 12, 2021 at 09:39

Thanks for the post. Do you have the calibration details for HDR and Dolby Vision settings please?

    Daniël Zuthof · May 12, 2021 at 12:20

    Hi Steve,

    I have not received other configuration details other then the ones in the blog post. Where should those setting be configured in the TVs UI?

    Cheers, Daniël

      Steve · May 12, 2021 at 16:09

      Obviously the ISF options are not available in DV nor HDR. There is a Film Maker setting under HDR, which appears to do a good job, and Cinema or Home Cinema under DV. Unfortunately neither of those are as configurable as the ISF settings found in SDR. What settings do you have for yours?

        Daniël Zuthof · May 14, 2021 at 23:52

        Hi Steve,

        I added to HDR and filmmaker mode presets to the table as they appear on the TV’s preset.

        Cheers, Daniël

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