I checked it out and it does seem pretty dark to me on both cable and with DVDs.
I've checked the light sensor, etc. and all of the default picture settings (game, store, movie, etc.) and is still stays pretty dark. I finally just really brightened the "custom" settings.
My father seems satisfied, but I really don't think it's close to accurate.
Optimal Picture Settings / Calibrations
Ambient Light Sensor = OFF
Picture Mode = CUSTOM
Backlight = 71
Brightness = 63
Contrast = 26
Color = 48 - 52
Tint = 0 (ZERO)
Sharpness = 40
Noise Reduction = OFF
More > Color Temperature = CUSTOM
>Red Gain = 65
>Green Gain = 64
>Blue Gain = 71
Color Enhancement = OFF
Adaptive Luma = OFF
DCR = OFF
I was ready to throw out this TV until I spent hours getting these settings right. I placed it next to my 42" 3yr old Samsung Plasma (cloaked as Emerson from Walmart '09) as a comparison. After the I applied these settings the picture blew my mind... it now looks better than my plasma. CRAP! If you can get the picture settings better than this please advise here. I will check back regularly. BTW, these are the only settings on the net as of this time.
to Vizio 32" LCD HDTV E320VA (2012) as a PC Computer Monitor
Intel HD Graphics > General Settings
Display = Monitor E320VA
Resolution = 1360x768
Color Depth = 32 Bit
Refresh Rate = 60 Hz
Rotation = Rotate To Normal
Scaling = Maintain Display Scaling
Operating Mode = Single Display
Primary Display = Monitor E320VA
Menu > TV > Input > Input Source > RGB
Menu > TV > PC Setting > Auto Sync (Hit)
Horiz. Position = 3 (L/R increment adjustment)
Vertical Position = -1 (Up/Down increment adjustment))
Fine Tune = 15 (adjust image for crisp content over entire display area)
Menu > TV > Wide = Normal
Menu > Picture > Picture Mode = Game
Menu > Picture > More > Fast Response = ON
Menu > Picture > Ambient Light Sensor =OFF
I decided to register to this forum just so that I can reply to your post (Post #2) and thank you a million times. I just learned about calibration and I struggled with information on how to get my Vizio E320VA to its (at least) full potential calibration settings. You're absolutely right. There's no other information online on how to get this TV even close to your settings. The TV looks excellent. Can't find the right words to describe it, because it'll only be understated.
Thank you again and again.
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