Dolby Vision (DV) was conceptualized to improve the viewing experience on TVs and other compatible displays. And it has achieved what it originally intended to do tremendously.
But DV is not without its practical difficulties, nor does everything Dolby Vision promises on paper translate into the real world.
Dolby Vision does an excellent job of enhancing HDR (high dynamic range) picture quality when it works as intended. It makes the visuals pop while boosting colors and details. The difference is comparable to the jump from 1080p to 4K, if not better.
However, when Dolby Vision doesn’t perform well, it leaves a lot to be desired. For example, the colors could be displayed incorrectly or inconsistently, etc.
Color inconsistencies could mean under-saturated or over-saturated colors, wrong color temperature, color balance shifts, etc. The images may seem under some filter, causing them to look yellow, purple, green, etc.
But why does that happen? And what could be done? If your Dolby Vision TV doesn’t necessarily wow you or the colors are not on point, keep reading.
Why Does Your Dolby Vision Look Yellow?
The color temperature of Dolby Vision-enabled TVs is on the warmer side by default when playing DV content.
There’s nothing wrong with the warm setting. That is how movie producers or TV show makers want you to watch their content.
Initially, warm color temperatures will appear reddish. The colors will look more accurate after a few days or once you get used to the setting.
Set the color tone to cool after that, and the images will look bluish. But if the reddish or yellowish (brownish) warm tone is too apparent, adjust your TV’s color temperature to a slightly cooler or neutral setting.
Color temperature denotes an image’s white hue. Click here to learn more about how color temperature impacts your TV-watching experience.
How to Adjust Color Temperature on TVs?
The color temperature concept is relatively consistent across displays or TVs. However, the available settings or particular terminologies used to denote them could vary between brands.
The following are the steps to adjust some popular TV brands’ color temperatures.
- Head to Settings and then All Settings.
- Go to Picture. Under Advanced Settings, choose Colour.
- Navigate to White Balance and then Colour Temperature to set the desired tone.
- Head to Settings.
- Next, choose Picture and then Expert Settings.
- Navigate to Color Tone and choose from the available color setting options (Cool, Standard, Warm1, and Warm2).
Note that Cool and Standard become available only after you set Picture Mode to Dynamic.
- Go to Settings.
- Choose Display & Sound and then Picture adjustments.
- Under Advanced, choose Color and then Color temperature.
You can set the temperature to any of the preset options or adjust it in more detail under the Adv. color temperature option.
- Head to Settings.
- Choose Display & Sound and then Picture.
- Under Advanced Settings, choose Color.
- Head to Color Temperature and set the slider to Normal.
Dolby Vision Looks Green-Purple Tint on Your TV
Playing DV content could produce a greenish or purplish cast on the images if your TV doesn’t support Dolby Vision natively.
There’s not much you could do here. Your best bet is not to play the Dolby Vision content or get a TV supporting the HDR tech.
If you are still determining whether the TV supports Dolby Vision, check its product manual or specifications online. Below are the specifications for my TCL Google TV on the TCL website, indicating the model supports Dolby Vision:
Most TVs with Dolby Vision support show a DV logo at the screen’s uppermost right or left corner when DV content is playing. Below is an example of my LG TV.
Why Does Dolby Vision Look Washed Out and Grainy?
Sometimes, Dolby Vision content on your TV could look grainy or washed out. It could be due to wrong picture settings, the TV display’s inherent constraints, or other things.
If the TV’s display is low-quality, it cannot reproduce Dolby Vision content accurately. Several Philips TV owners have complained about the issue before.
If you’re highly particular about the accuracy and consistency of Dolby Vision content playback, opt for TVs from more established manufacturers, such as LG, Samsung, and Sony.
TCL and a few other brands, including Philips, aren’t shabby by any stretch of the imagination. But it depends on the specific models or panel quality.
As a thumb rule, steer clear of budget Dolby Vision TVs if you care about the visuals. Even a low-budget Samsung or LG TV will likely not meet your expectations entirely. So, it’s not about the brand but the model itself.
The inexpensive price tag could be the reflection of some display-related compromises the maker may have made to justify the device’s retail price.
What compromises? Maybe the display was incorrectly calibrated, or the built-in picture settings aren’t Dolby Vision content-optimized. In other words, the panel may not be built to take full advantage of the enhanced contrast, brightness, and color range capabilities of Dolby Vision.
Bargain Dolby Vision TVs will likely have limited HDR capabilities, meaning non-conformance to DV playback’s desired quality standards. But those TVs are still advertised as “HDR-capable” because there’s no one HDR standard and no legal repercussions for not coming true on the claims.
Adjusting display attributes such as brightness, sharpness, and contrast could help boost the overall quality of the images and bring down the grainy or washed-out look. Watch this video to learn more:
There is no wrong or right color temperature setting on your TV. The desired color temperature preference may change based on the content and environment.
The different color tone options may produce different results or suit some eyes better.
If you’re used to watching cooler-tone visuals on your TV, suddenly shifting to a warm color temperature will be jarring at first and look faulty. But it shall look fine after some time and you may even start fancying it.
But if your eyes do not adjust to the yellowish or reddish color signature after a few days, try altering the color temperature slightly. Don’t make extreme changes.
If that doesn’t help too, contact the TV manufacturer. Maybe the panel is faulty, or you’re unaware of a TV setting that might help remedy the concern.
Note that the ambient environment or your room’s lighting (natural or artificial) plays a significant part in determining the correct color temperature.
So, learn how to regulate the lights around you and how they impact viewing or the way you perceive colors on display.
Catherine Tramell has been covering technology as a freelance writer for over a decade. She has been writing for Pointer Clicker for over a year, further expanding her expertise as a tech columnist. Catherine likes spending time with her family and friends and her pastimes are reading books and news articles.