New LG 42LN5300 has soap opera effect, can't fix it --HELP!


Dec 26, 2013
Just bought a LG 42LN5300 tv for a very picky person as a gift. I couldn't be more embarrassed when we turned on the tv and it's clarity is low. The advertisement for this model is that the images can't be beat. But on the contrary the words on the screen for CNN and news channels are blurry, the images have a soft filtered look to them. Even when the tv station pans and zooms in on their News Anchor, my tv image doesn't show the details of the person's face with crispness and is blurry. I adjusted the picture four times now and it is better, but not crisp and clear.

I grabbed these setting from the internet to use them.

First settings:
Backlight: 40
Contrast: 90
Brightness: 50
H/V sharpness: 10/10
Color: 50
Tint: 0

Expert Controls-
Color Gamut: Wide
Gamma: 2.2
Color temperature: Warm 2
2 point high point: 5R, 0G, -3B

The second settings:
sharpness15, warm2. Brightness 56, Contrast 94, backlight 36, eco mode off. All the enhancements off. 20 point white balance.

Currently I am using:
Picture Wizard
and 16:9 Aspect Ratio
Energy Savings OFF
Backlight 31
Contrast 94
Brightness 54
H Sharp 20
V Sharp 20
Color 50
Tint G1
Dynamic Contrast OFF
Color Gamut Wide
Edge Enhancer OFF
Color Filter OFF
Gamma 2.2
Color Temp Cool
Method 20 POint IRE
Pattern Outer
IRE 10
Red -3
Green 0
Blue -11



Dec 26, 2013

Blurriness still exists. The Samsung SMT H3260 cable box is connected to the LG 42LN5300 with a Vizio flat ultra high speed hdmi cable 24k gold connectors.

Just changed the settings to:
Picture menu:
Energy Saving: Off
Picture Mode: Expert [1 or 2]
Backlight: 57
Contrast: 80
Brightness: 50
H Sharpness: 0
V Sharpness: 0
Color: 50
Tint: 0
Aspect Ratio: Just Scan

--Expert control menu--
Dynamic contrast: Off
Super Resolution: Off
Color Gamut: BT709
Edge Enhancer: Off
xvYCC: Off [grayed out]
Color Filter: Off
Expert Pattern: Off [grayed out]
Gamma: 2.2

--White Balance submenu--
Color Temperature: Warm
Method: 2-points [also adjust 20-point; see below]
Pattern: Outer
Points: [High]
Red: 20
Green: 20
Blue: 0
Points: [Low]
Red: 0
Green: 0
Blue: 38

Method: 2-points
[IRE 20 and higher: no adjustment]
15 IRE: Red 7, Green 2, Blue -10
10 IRE: Red 10, Green 10, Blue -6
5 IRE: Red 0, Green 0, Blue -30

--Color management system submenu--
Red: [Saturation -6. Tint 5, Luminance 17]
Green: [Saturation -10. Tint 8, Luminance 4]
Blue: [Saturation 8, Tint 0, Luminance 5]
Cyan: [Saturation 0. Tint 5, Luminance 5]
Magenta: [Saturation 0. Tint -1, Luminance 4]
Yellow: [Saturation -10. Tint 1, Luminance -2]

--Picture Option menu--
Noise reduction: Off
MPEG Noise Reduction: Off
Black Level: Low
Real Cinema: On
Eye Care: Off [grayed out]
LED Local Dimming: High
TruMotion: Off