So you bought an OLED TV - now what?

So you have picked up a new OLED television, TVV options cream da la cream cream. It doesn't matter if you own LG's new CX TV, Sony's Master Series or an older or used OLED. Your screen will still look much better than the vast majority of LCD sets, with uneven black surfaces and contrasting popping eyes. But even if you have one of the best screens around, you can always upgrade something.

So you bought an OLED TV - now what?
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Although most TVs have a useful array of preset image values, they still need to be adjusted for your living space. A useful way to adapt all these settings is with a calibration disk like Spare and Mansell's HD Benchmark Blu-ray. You will do everything you can to ensure that you get the best image possible, while avoiding the pitfalls of losing detail in extremely bright and dark scenes. If you're lucky enough to have a 4K Blu ray player, or a gaming console with one of these drives, look for the latest FHD version of the Spare & Mansell benchmark, which gives you fast HDR settings. Also helps to adjust.

If you want the best image quality, you can always hire a professional to test your profession. But from my experience it's usually for most people. Spending an hour or 2 with the calibration disc will most likely get you a quality bump.

I know this may sound obvious, but I still wonder how many times I need to remind people that their sound system is as important as their shiny new television. Now, I'm not saying you need to build a single Dolby Atmos home theater system (although it will definitely get you the best sound quality in the house). You can still get good audio upgrades with a sound bar, even if you're on a budget. At the most basic level, it will serve as a replacement for your OLED TV's Vamp speaker. But modern soundbars can also serve as a hub for wireless kidney systems, and many include support for Dolby Atus audio, which can mimic overhead sound.

Our 2020 Soundbar Guide picks are still intact: Vizio has a solid option under the SB362An F6 under 100. And if you're planning something more in depth, consider the company's M Series lineup, which starts with a more capable all sound bar. You can also access the M351 series wireless kidney system, which includes 2 rear satellites and a separate subwoofer. And if you want premium view quality, there's the 1000 elevated sound bar, which can rotate overhead to produce Dolby Atmos and DTS: X audio.

If for some reason you dislike Vizio, the Sonos family of products is also worth considering, especially if you already have some Sonos speakers. The still 399 beam is still a viable mid range option, and you can later add other Sonos hardware to turn it into a real surround sound system. At the high end, there is the 99789 Arc, which delivers great sound with the help of Dolby Atmos.

The great thing about OLED screens is that they offer almost unlimited amounts of contrast. But one of the major drawbacks of any modern TV is that it is easy to watch at night. Be very bright, without marking anything. This is where the light of prejudice comes in - it includes any kind of light that provides ambient light behind your TV. Slightly differentiating the light in your room can help reduce eye strain by staring at a bright screen.

You can do this with an older lamp, but for a more balanced option, consider something like Ne Nexelumy's LED light strip, which offers app based controls and a variety of color options. And if you have Philips Hue Smart Lights, you should consider the Ambience Light Strap Plus. Hewlights can also work with the company's HDMI box, which can adjust your lighting to your TV's images. This is an amazing and in-depth upgrade, but it will cost you 230.

Other hardware is worth considering

Headphones are essential for night viewing. Our Wireless Headphones Guide can get you started, though you should be able to easily connect any Bluetooth headphones to your TV.

This sounds like a lot, but if you want to see the best quality 4K content on your OLED, you should get a 4K Blu-ray player. 4K discs always look better than 4K streams, and most players will do a better job of making your old Blu-ray and DVD better than their TV. You can also play 4K Blu-ray on modern game consoles, but I've found it much more annoying to navigate these interfaces.

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