Sony KDL-55HX850 3D LCD 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 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 (grayscale) and color management (where available). Even relatively small differences in the common control settings, such as Contrast, Brightness, and Gamma, can shift the white balance, though the resulting visible change may be innocuous. Production line tolerances can do the same.

We do not provide settings or access codes for service menus. Random alterations of such controls without detailed knowledge of what they do may corrupt a set's firmware. This will likely require extensive in-shop repairs not covered under the warrantee. Service menu calibrations should be attempted only by an experienced calibrator familiar with the specific brand of set, and a clear understanding of which controls to use and which to avoid. We strongly recommend that you find the optimum basic video settings for your sample by using one of the many available display setup DVDs, such as Digital Video Essentials (DVD) or DVE HD Basics (Blu-ray). These will help you to set the basic controls correctly, brightness, contrast, sharpness, and sometimes color and tint. 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 tuning a set "by eye" is no substitute for a full calibration, which is best left to a trained and properly equipped technician such as those certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) or THX.

Scene Select AutoAuto
Picture Mode CustomCustom
Backlight: MinMax (fixed)
Picture: 8590
Brightness 5151
Color TemperatureWarm 2Warm 1
Noise ReductionOffOff
MPEG Noise Reduction OffOff
Dot Noise ReductionOffOff
Reality CreationOffOff
Smooth Gradation OffN/A
Motionflow OffStandard
CineMotionAuto 2Auto 2
Advanced Settings
Black CorrectorOffOff
Advanced Contrast Enhancer OffOff
Contrast EnhancerOff Off
Gamma0 or -10 or -1
LED Dynamic ControlStandardStandard
Auto Light LimiterOffN/A
Clear White OffOff
Live ColorOffOff
White Balance:
Red Gain0-1
Green Gain0-7
Blue Gain-1-9
Red Bias0 0
Green Bias00
Blue Bias 00
Detail EnhancerOffOff
Edge EnhancerOffOff
Skin Naturalizer---*---*
i/p Conversion Preference ---*---*
Screen: Display Area Full PixelFull Pixel
Color MatrixAutoAuto
HDMI Dynamic Range AutoAuto
3D Setting
Auto 3D On
3D Signal NotificationOn
3D DisplayOn
3D Depth Adjustment0
Simulated 3D Effect ---
3D Glasses Brightness AutoAuto
Color MatrixAutoAuto
Ambient SensorOffOff
Display AreaOffOff
ScreenFull PixelFull Pixel
Pro Picture
HDMI Dynamic Range AutoAuto
Color Matrix AutoAuto
SBM (Super Bit Mapping)OffOff
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steve1971's picture

Excellent review Tom on the HX850 but dont over look the Sony HX750. I have the 46HX750 and besides the Corning Gorilla Glass the 2 tv's are almost the same. I used your settings for the HX850 on my tv and they worked! They looked better then Cnet's settings. But that being said Tom great review. I only hope you guys will be able to give a review of the HX750 which in my book and to my untrained eye measures up the the HX850 in every way.

etrochez's picture

It seems to me that the 2D performance in the rating system is king, yet the Sharp Elite got 4.5 stars and this one got 5 stars. Therefore, judging by HT's rating system this TV is better that the Sharp Elite when watching regular 2D content. Or, is the 5 star rating based on the price point of the TV? Which doesn't add up either, since the Elite has no competition, then why it would get 4.5 stars? I understand that the Elite is considered the best TV in the market, but I have always found the rating system a little confusing and inconsistent. Am I missing something?

HardBoiled's picture

It think that Mr. Norton thinks the Sony is just better than the Sharp Elite PRO-60X5FD which was a TV from last year. Maybe Sony has made improvements in LCD/LED technology since last year. But I am surprised the Sony got a better rating than this years Panasonic VT50. Some reviews say the VT50 is the best TV so far this year.

NITRAMEEL's picture

Sony has come out with a 70" KDL model LED, 3D, smart TV, and I'm curious, does this one perform similar to the KDL 55 you reviewed? It has the motion flow, but it's rated at 120Hrz. Is 120 fast enough for this size of TV?