Sony Bravia XBR-65A9G OLED Ultra HDTV Review Settings


Unit-to-unit sample variations, the viewing environment, and the source might render these recommendations less than optimum. They are only provided as a potentially useful starting place.

The settings here that are most likely to translate reliably from one sample to another are those involving specific features with only a few selections, such as Gamma and Noise Reduction. The ones most likely to be subject to sample variations are video controls offering a wide range of adjustment, such as white balance or grayscale (Adv.color temperature on the Sony) and color management (Per color adjust on the Sony). Even relatively small differences in the common control settings, such as Contrast, Black level, and Gamma, can shift the white balance, though the resulting visible change may be minor.

We strongly recommend that you find the optimum basic video settings for your sample by using one of the many available display setup discs, such as DVE HD Basics (Blu-ray). (As of this writing, such discs are only just becoming available for 4K/HDR). These will help you to set the basic controls, Black level, Contrast*, Sharpness, and sometimes Color and Tint, correctly. Experimenting with the more complex color calibration and other controls in the user menus will do no harm; the changes may be easily reset. But adjusting these by eye is unlikely to produce a result even close to accurate result and is no substitute for a full calibration. The latter is best left to a trained and properly equipped technician such as those certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) or THX.

Any controls not listed here were left in their factory settings.

Picture modeCustomCustom
Auto picture modeOffOff
Light sensorOff---
Advanced settings
Contrast: 9090
Gamma: -1 or -2 0 or +1
Black level: 4950 or 51
Black adjust: OffOff
Adv. contrast enhancer: OffOff
Peak luminanceMediumHigh
Color: 5045-50
Hue: 00
Color temperature: Expert 1Expert 1
Adv. color temperature
(2-point; 10-point not used)*
Live colorOffOff
Per color adjustment*
Hue4 3 0 -3 8 0
Saturation-3 -4 -5 2 -7 -7
Lightness3 1 0 0 2 0
Reality CreationOffOff
Random Noise ReductionOffOff
Digital Noise ReductionOffOff
Smooth gradationLowLow
Video options
HDR modeAutoAuto
HDMI video rangeAutoAuto
Color spaceAutoAuto
Sony Electronics
(877) 865-SONY

HDTV1080P's picture

Good review, however according to the spec sheet on Sony’s website this OLED display does not support HDR10+ technology. Only standard HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision. However the review mentions the HDR10+ feature which is either incorrect information or Sony just came out with a firmware update to offer HDR10+. To make matters worse it is my understanding that 100% of all consumer displays in the United States do not offer both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ from the exact same display. If one wants both they have to own two separate displays.

PunchyRedcrown's picture

I don't know if I fully agree with him saying they're too close to call. I think for the average consumer the pictures are virtually identical with no clear favorite, but there are other factors. For one I've read a number of negative reviews on LG's ARC and how there is this issue and that- sound quits, fades in and out, etc. Also, and this is a big one, LG compresses their signal to PCM through ARC, rendering a good 5.1 almost useless. Finally, the Sony includes Netflix Director's Cut, which I understand really takes full advantage of a good 5.1+ and OLED TV like the Sony.