Sony XR-65A80J 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 tempeature 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 or undetectable.

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) or the Spears & Munsil UHD Benchmark (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 controls by eye is unlikely to produce an 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. While premium sets are arriving reasonably well adjusted out of three these days, based on our recent experience both here and elsewhere, we can't discount unit-to-unit variations

Picture modeCinemaCinema
Auto picture modeOffOff
Light sensorOffOff
Brightness MaxMax
HDR tone mapping---Gradation preferred
Black level5050
Black adjustOffOff
Adv. contrast enhancerOffOff
Peak luminanceMediumHigh
Color temperatureExpert 1Expert 1
Live ColorOffOff
Reality Creation
Reality Creation OffOff
Random noise reductionOffOff
Digital noise reductionOffOff
Smooth gradationOffOff
HDR modeAutoAuto
HDMI video rangeAutoAuto
Color spaceAutoAuro
*These must be set manually with each change from SDR to HDR and back unless both are set the same.

Adv. color adjustment (SDR)
The Adv. color temperature and Per color temperature controls are set in the initial HD/SDR calibration. The Sony then adjusts these settings using internal look-up tables to provide an optimum result for Ultra HD and all forms of HDR. Do not attempt to alter these controls manually for UHD/HDR. Nothing will be harmed by doing so, but your changes will reflect back onto the SDR settings, degrading the HD/SDR calibration.

Adv color temperature: Basic

Red -24
Green -1-1
Blue -2-1
Adv. color temperature: Multi point (not used: see text)

Per color adjustment

RedGreen Blue Cyan Magenta Yellow
Hue0 5 2 0 95
Saturation -1 -8 -2 0 -3-6
Lightness 2 0 -2 0 -1-1

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3ddavey13's picture

I don't know if this has been addressed in the newer models, but in some Sony 4K TVs (including the Z9D) if you send the set a Dolby Vision signal without first selecting your HDR setting for that input, the set locks into Dolby Vision mode which doesn't allow you to change any picture settings.