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Sony XBR-65X900F basic picture settings

May 16, 2018 12:31PM PDT

Review: Sony XBR-65X900F

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Calibration report using these settings:
[see below]

TV software/firmware version tested: 7.0

Picture settings tested: CNET is no longer publishing numeric picture settings for TVs we review. Instead, we'll give more general recommendations to get the best picture without listing detailed while balance or color management system (CMS) settings. Here they are for the Sony XBR-65X900F.

Picture adjustments menu

Picture Mode: Cinema Pro
Auto picture Mode: Off
Brightness: 8
Color: 50
Light Sensor: Off

Advanced settings menu

-- Brightness sub-menu
Brightness: 6
Contrast: 90
Gamma: -2
Black level: 50
Black adjust: Off
Auto Local Dimming: Medium
X-tended Dynamic Range: Off

-- Color sub-menu
Color: 50
Hue: 0
Color temperature: Expert 1
Live Color: Off

Adv Color temperature [no changes]

-- Clarity sub-menu
Sharpness: 50
Reality Creation: Off
Random noise reduction: Off
Digital noise reduction: Off
Smooth gradation: Low

-- Motion sub-menu
Motionflow: Custom [Smoothness 2, Clearness 1]
CineMotion: High

-- Video options sub-menu
HDR mode: Auto
HDMI video range: Auto
Color space: Auto

Calibration Notes: In an usual move for a TV company, Sony sent reviewers like me a full guide for calibrating the X900F. So I followed it for this review. Before I got it, however, I measured all of the picture modes and, as usual, Cinema Pro was the most accurate.

Sony told me to calibrate in Custom, however, with a with a 2.2 gamma target, and also provided some tips on other settings to use. After that I was told to copy my settings over to Cinema Pro. After doing so it was more accurate than the initial settings (always a plus with calibrations) but not perfect, so I tweaked it a bit and dialed in my target luminance (40 fTL, or about 132 nits) for dark-room comparisons. The final results were superb, with average delta errors for grayscale and color checker. Sony's controls worked very well in calibration, and I really appreciated its tips.

HDR Notes: The best mode was once again Cinema Pro, with an EOTF that hewed nicely to the target. Light output in that mode was superb at 1056 nits, albeit less than the blazing 1203 achieved by the much less accurate Vivid mode. Color metrics were likewise solid, including an impressive 95% coverage of the P3 color gamut and a color checker error of just 1.63.

You'll want to engage the HDMI Enhanced format option when you connect HDR sources like 4K Blu-ray players -- and unlike Samsung and LG, the Sony doesn't automatically detect and change that setting for you. The menu says it affects inputs 2 and 3, but according to Sony all four of the HDMI ports are HDMI 2.0B, which supports 4K HDR. Only inputs 2 and 3 support 18GBps speeds, however, so "Connecting a 4K/UHD Blu-ray player to these ports will ensure their 4K HDR 60P content will be optimized," Sony's representative told us.

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I got a 75 inch 900f last week.
Jun 7, 2018 9:02PM PDT

Trying to set up for best for film. And then for gaming. Any tips ?

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Picture Mode
Nov 19, 2018 10:11AM PST

I also have a 75900F. I've been playing with the picture settings for about 6 weeks now and frankly the available Picture Modes under the Picture Adjustments menu are superb right out of the box. For dark room film viewing I use Cinema Pro and for a bright room Cinema Home. I used the settings recommended here and to be honest to my eye I didn't see much if any discernible difference to the factory setting for a Cinema Pro. In the end I think it comes down to personal taste.

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Hdmi enhanced
Aug 22, 2018 3:30PM PDT

Where do I find this "hdmi enchanced" menu setting for 4k content connections?

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In case you haven't found it yet...
Nov 19, 2018 10:16AM PST

Press "home" on your remote. Scroll down all the way to the bottom past all the apps. Select "Settings" then select "External Inputs". Last item in this menu is "HDMI signal format". Select this and choose "Enhanced Format".

Happy viewing !

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