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HDTV picture settings forum: Sony XBR-55HX950 picture settings

by: katzmaier November 19, 2012 11:48 AM PST

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Sony XBR-55HX950 picture settings

by katzmaier CNET staff - 11/19/12 11:48 AM


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Calibration report using these settings:

Below you'll find the settings I found best for viewing the Sony XBR-55HX950 in a dark room via the HDMI input. Your settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.

Calibration notes: I measured four different picture modes, Standard, Cinema 1, Cinema 2 and Custom to determine which was the best prior to any adjustment. Aside from Custom, three engaged local dimming (LED Dynamic Control: Standard) but offered different light output levels, color temperatures and/or MotionFlow settings. I threw out Custom since it didn't employ local dimming by default, and eliminated Standard because it engaged MotionFlow by default. Between the two Cinema modes Cinema 1 ended up "winning" since it disabled dejudder (smoothing) and showed improved gamma over Cinema 2.

In an earlier version of these notes I reported that many of the modes were too dim. In fact that was because I had mistakenly left the TV's ambient light sensor engaged in my dark room, which limited the TVs light output. I turned off the sensor (which is turned on by default, even in the Cinema modes where it shouldn't be) for my follow-up re-calibration, so the settings below reflect the correct position "Off" of the ambient light sensor. I also updated the calibration report linked above.

The XBR-HX950's calibration was more a matter of minor tweaking due to Sony's relatively sparse controls. Its main problem was a slightly minus-green grayscale, which was almost laughably easy to fix. After calibration the grayscale was nearly perfect and other performance characteristics were as good as I expect from a high-end TV, with the exception of blue luminance (hardly a deal-breaker).

--Picture Adjustments menu--
Setting Memory: [any]
Picture Mode: Custom
Backlight: Min
Picture: 95
Brightness: 50
Color: 51
Hue: 0
Color Temperature: Warm 2
Sharpness: 50
Noise Reduction: Off
MPEG Noise Reduction: Off
Dot noise reduction: Off
Reality Creation: Off
Smooth Gradation: Low
Motionflow: Off
CineMotion: Auto 2

-Advanced Settings submenu-
Black Corrector: Off
Adv. Contrast Enhancer: Off
Gamma: 0
LED Dynamic Control: Standard
Auto Light Limiter: Off
Clear White: Off
Live Color: Off
White Balance: [see below]
Detail Enhancer: Off
Edge Enhancer: Off
Skin Naturalizer: Off [grayed out]
i/p Conversion Preference: Quality [grayed out]

-White Balance submenu-
R-Gain: -2
G-Gain: 0
B-Gain: -2
R-Bias: 0
G-Bias: 0
B-Bias: 0

Ambient Sensor: Off

--Screen menu--
Setting Memory: [any]
Wide Mode: Full
Auto Wide: Off
4:3 Default: Off [grayed out]
Auto Display Area: Off
Display Area: Full Pixel
Screen Position: [grayed out]
Vertical Size: 0 [grayed out]

--Pro Picture Setup menu--
[all settings default/Auto]

--Home Menu>Settings>Preferences--

--Scene Select menu--

--Eco menu--
Power Saving: Off
Light Sensor: Off

Note: This post was edited by its original author Revised settings and calibration notes to correct mistake of ambient light sensor being engaged. on 11/20/2012 at 9:54 AM PT

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