Sony X690E LED TV Calibration Settings
These are the settings that we used for the review process of the 60 inch Sony X690E (KD-60X690E) and should be also good for the 70" version (KD-70X690E). These settings are good for most content including sports, TV shows and movies. For gaming and HDR, some minor changes need to be made, and they are listed below on this page.
First, we selected the 'General' 'Scene Select'. This 'Scene Select' gave us the more control over all the picture settings.
Like on other Sony TVs, we used the 'Custom' 'Picture Mode' since it is the picture mode that brings us the closest to our calibration goal and gives us the most control over all the picture settings.
While in the 'Custom' picture mode, we set the 'Brightness' to 12 to suit our totally black room and reach our desire luminance of 100 cd/m². The 'Brightness' can be set to match your room lighting and it won't affect picture quality. We set the 'Contrast' to 'MAX' for our calibration process since it did not cause issues like clipping in the white and it could give us a better result overall. 'Black level' was set to 50, 'Color' to 50 and 'Hue' to 0, their default value. 'Sharpness' was left to 50, since 50 on the X690E does not add any sharpness. 'Reality Creation' was left 'Off' since we did not want the alter the look of our video content, but you could turn on this feature if you are watching low-quality content and adjust the slider until you like the picture quality of this specific content.
We selected the 'Expert 1' 'Color Temperature' since it was the color temperature that was the closest to our calibration target, but you can change for a colder color temperature if you feel the picture get too red or too yellowish.
'Mastered in 4K' optimises the picture quality of Blu-ray disks with the mention 'Mastered in 4K' by Sony and is only applicable to 1080p @ 24Hz signal. The 'CineMotion' was left 'Off' during our testing, and we found that even when off, 24p movies playing over 24p sources were always displayed at the good cadence. 24p movies playing from 60p/60i sources were not correctly displayed on the X690E with or without the 'Cinemotion' turn to 'Auto' and even in combination with any setting of the 'Motionflow' option. In any case, if you are sensitive to judder, you could set the 'CineMotion' to 'Auto', and it should not cause any problem.
'Random noise reduction' and 'Digital noise reduction' are also recommended if you are watching some older or low-resolution content, but are not usually needed for high-quality 1080p or 4k content. Both options can be turned on to a different level, and it is up to you to adjust the level until you find the right one for the best picture quality.
'Motionflow' is the feature that controls the motion interpolation (see the review here for more information on the motion interpolation) and the black frame insertion (see the review here for more information on the black frame insertion feature). For our review process, we did not turn on this feature, but if you like the soap opera effect or if you want to clear up and reduce motion blur, you will need to set the option to 'Custom'.
When the 'Motionflow' option is set to 'Custom', you will have two available options. 'Smoothness' is the option that controls the motion interpolation. If you like the soap opera effect, this is the one that you will adjust to your liking. 'Clearness' is the option that controls the black frame insertion and can help to reduce motion blur. Note that when clearness is applied, the screen will dim considerably though.
In the 'Advanced settings', we left turned 'Off' 'Adv. Contrast Enhancer', 'Black adjust' and 'Live Color' since we did not want to change the original look of the video content playing and leave true as what the content creator intended. 'Gamma' was also left to 0. Here, all of those four options can help adjust the contrast of the picture and the level of detail in the shadow. If you find the picture quality to be too dark, or if you do not see enough detail in the dark area of the screen, each of those options can be useful to tweak the picture quality to your liking. But once again, remember that those options will add some image processing and will often change the original look of the video content that you are watching.
One of the first thing to do before connecting any HDR external devices is to turn on the 'Enhance' HDMI format for the HDMI port that will be in use. On the Sony X690E, only the HDMI port 2 and 3 can support the full HDMI bandwidth. To turn on this option, you need to go to the 'Setup' page, then 'AV Setup' and then select the 'HDMI signal format'. Once inside, simply change the format to 'Enhanced' for each HDMI port that you will use.
To correctly display HDR content, you need to select the 'HDR 'Scene select'. If the 'Scene select' is on 'Auto', the TV will change to the HDR Scene select automatically, so in that case, the 'Auto' 'Scene select' could be a good option if you are often watching both SDR and HDR content. Note that we also found out that the most accurate color temperature in HDR was 'Expert 2'.
SDR Gaming Setting
For gaming, both the 'Game' and 'Graphic' 'Scene select' have low input lag so if you intend to game, simply choose either one of the 'Scene select'.
HDR Gaming Setting
For HDR gaming, the 'HDR' 'Scene select' has low input lag as long that the 'Motionflow' option is turned off. Be sure that the 'Motionflow' option is off and you can game under the 'HDR' 'Scene select'. Also be sure to change the HDMI type to Enhanced, like mentioned in the HDR Settings section. Note that the 'HDR' scene select does not correctly display the chroma subsampling (4:4:4).
PC Monitor setting
If you want to use the Sony X720E as a PC monitor and also need the chroma subsampling (4:4:4 resolution), the 'Graphic' 'Scene select' is recommended, as the 4:4:4 resolution is displayed correctly and because the 'Frame dimming' is turned off completely.
The following are the results of the white balance and colorspace calibration on our unit. They are provided for reference, and should not be copied as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model and same size as the TV we reviewed due to manufacturing tolerances. If you want to try them you will need to enter all values shown, as all of them are active at the same time. If you end up with worse picture quality, simply reset them to the default values.
Questions & Answers
'For HDR gaming, the 'HDR' 'Scene select' has low input lag as long that the 'Motionflow' option is turned off. Be sure that the 'Motionflow' option is off and you can game under the 'HDR' 'Scene select'. Also be sure to change the HDMI type to Enhanced, like mentioned in the HDR Settings section. Note that the 'HDR' scene select does not correctly display the chroma subsampling (4:4:4).'
I am interested in the 70" model and am getting the Xbox 1 x, so I'm looking for a 4k TV. Gaming in 4k is about my only reason for a 4k TV, playing forza 7. I have dish network for satellite, actually the hopper 3 which is 4k, but no 4k programming yet. My question is, what will I miss with this not correctly displaying chrome sub sampling 4.4.4. I have no idea what this is. I don't need a smart TV, my internet in the country can't stream anything. I just want a great picture for TV and getting the most out of my Xbox 1 x racing games. Currently it's under 1500 and most negatives I find in reviews are because it isn't that smart of a TV, which I don't care about.
Explanation: To understand what 4:4:4 chroma subsampling means it's easiest to first understand 4:2:2; in a 4:2:2 signal the black and white resolution is 4k, but the color resolution is only ~3k, as shown in this picture. This is almost unnoticeable most of the time because the human eye is far more sensitive to black and white resolution than color. One case where it is noticeable though is in small text on a PC monitor, because the left edge of each letter is orange tinted while the right edge is blue tinted (ClearType), but that intricate color detail is lost with 4:2:2. In a 4:4:4 signal everything is 4k, so there's no issue. You can read more in our chroma subsampling article.
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