Sony XBR-65X900F LCD 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, were determined in a dark or semi-dark room..

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, Black level, and Gamma, can shift the white balance, though the resulting visible change may be minor. Production tolerances can do the same.

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 available for 1080p/standard dynamic range.) These will help you to set the basic controls, Brightness (Black level), Contrast (called “Picture” in earlier Sony sets), 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 an 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.

Picture modeCinema proCinema home
Auto picture modeOffOff
Light sensor---Off
Advanced settings
Contrast: 85-9085
Gamma: 0 -2
Black level: 5050
Black adjust: OffOff
Adv. contrast enhancer: OffLow
Auto Local DimmingMediumMedium
X-tended Dynamic Range HighOff
Color: 5050
Hue: 00
Color temperature: Expert 1Expert 1
Adv. color temperature
Basic (HDR)
Gain Red -3, Green -6, Blue -5
Bias Red -8, Green +3, Blue +2
Basic (SDR)
Gain Red -2, Green Max, Blue Max
Bias Red -3, Green 0, Blue 0
Multi (10) Point: Not Used
Live ColorOffOff
Sharpness 5050
Reality Creation Manual Manual
Mastered in 4K------
Random noise reduction OffOff
Digital noise reduction OffOff
Smooth gradationLowLow
Motionflow OffOff
Video Options
HDR modeAutoAuto
HDMI video rangeAutoAuto
Color spaceAutoAuto
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hk2000's picture

The way S&V ratings go, usually a 4/5 stars implies not so great a product, but in your paragraph near the end you almost convinced me this is a better TV than an OLED, not just in value, but in picture quality as well- In fact, in our case, a narrow viewing angle is not a problem at all, and thus your major downside is not much of a downside.

PunchyRedcrown's picture

Yes, good point, hk. I don't think it's the off-axis viewing because the reviewer equates it to an issue with the technology. If it's 4/5 and the only other negative is the blooming, it makes me wonder how bad it is on this set because this reads like 4.5 all day.

drny's picture

Sony will be coming out with a replacement model for the Z9D in the fall.
That model will be their best LCD based 4k TV.
However, the X900F is a great value for the picture quality level.

brenro's picture

Hard to argue with that.