Sony Bravia XBR-84X900 3D LCD Ultra HDTV Settings

Unit-to-unit sample variations, the viewing environment, and the source might render these recommendations less than optimum. They are provided only 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 setting options, such as Color Gamut, Gamma, and Noise Reduction. The ones most likely to be subject to sample variations are video controls offering a wide range of settings. This will be particularly true for color temperature, white balance, and color management adjustments (where available).

We strongly recommend that you find the optimum basic video settings for your sample by using one of the many display setup DVDs that are available, such as Digital Video Essentials (DVD) or DVE HD Basics (Blu-ray). A full calibration, particularly of the gray scale and color gamut, is best left to a trained and properly equipped technician such as those certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) or THX.

2D 3D
Picture Mode Cinema 1 Cinema 1
Scene Select Cinema Cinema /td>
Backlight 2 Max (fixed)
Picture 90 90
Brightness: 51 50
Color 55 44
Hue 0 0
Color Temperature Warm 2 Warm 2
Sharpness 10 (see text) 10 (see text)
Noise Reduction Off Off
MPEG Noise Reduction Off Off
Dot Noise Reduction Off Off
Smooth Gradation Off N/A
Reality Creation Manual Manual
Video Area Detection Off Off
Resolution 10 10
Noise Filtering 0 0
Motion Flow Off Off
CineMotion Auto 1 Auto 1
Black Corrector Off Off
Advanced Contrast Enhancer Off Low
Gamma 0 or +1 0
LED Dynamic Control Standard Standard
Auto Light Limiter Off N/A
Clear White Off Off
Live Color Off Off
White Balance
Red Gain 0 –8
Green Gain 0 –10
Blue Gain –1 0
Red Bias –1 –2
Green Bias –1 0
Blue Bias +1 –1
Detail Enhancer Off Off
Edge Enhancer Off Off
Skin Naturalizer --- ---
i/p Conversion Preference --- ---
Screen Display Area Full Pixel Full Pixel
3D Settings All Default
Ambient Sensor Off Off
Pro Picture
HDMI Dynamic Range Auto Auto
Color Matrix Auto Auto

During our final review fact-check with Sony and after we no longer had access to our test sample of the XBR-84X900, Sony suggested different global Sharpness and Reality Creation control settings that they say would have yielded a crisper image with 480i content and better addressed the softness with 480i/p programming that we observed in our review. Unfortunately, we were not able to experiment with these settings, but they are shown below. Sony did acknowledge that the jaggies we detected on both HD and SD video—an interlacing artifact—were endemic to the set.

Cinema 1 Picture Mode for HD 1080i Content

Sharpness: 50

Reality Creation: Manual

Resolution: 5

Cinema 1 Picture Mode for SD 480i Content

Sharpness: 50

Reality Creation: Manual

Resolution: Min

Paul 3D's picture

Thanks tom good article. Good to hear upscaling of blu ray's not a problem. Being able to watch full 1080p 3d with passive glasses is awesome.

leergoodspeed's picture

very impressive

notabadname's picture

I am already a huge fan of passive 3D. Can't wait to hear the impressions of the same reviewer with the LG version, which can be found for as little as $13,900 now. I can't imagine the differences will warrant the minimum $4,000 extra that Sony wants for their version. Especially since both are edge-lit.

Ronald32's picture

I don't suppose Y'all will be giving one of these away.

blubber's picture

This would make a super addition to the 65" Sammy ES8000 except we might have a few questions about who gets to watch which TV. I already know the answer to that one and it is not moi. Shucks, I forgot that I have no resources to pay for such a wonderful TV but I can add it to my Bucket Freight Car.

LDBetaGuy's picture

I very much enjoyed the review. What caught my eye, though, was Sony's use of an IPS panel. I hope Sony will consider using IPS panels for more of its mainline sets. In my opinion, using IPS panels is the one thing that would improve Sony and many other manufacturers' sets the most.