Sony X930C LED TV Calibration Settings
Here are the results of our calibration of the picture for our review of the Sony XBR65X930C. You can apply these settings for every usage (movies, TV shows, sports). For gaming, though, start with game mode and then copy the rest of the settings. This will give you lower input lag.
You can increase 'Brightness' as much as you want, depending on the amount of light in your room. It won't mess with the calibration. It is the equivalent of the 'Backlight' setting on other TVs.
'Black Level' is the equivalent of 'Brightness' for other TVs. 'Auto Local Dimming' and 'X-tended Dynamic Range' are the local dimming and HDR features respectively. See the Q&A of our review of the Sony XBR-65X930C for more details.
For this tab, everything is good by default under Movie mode. You might want to turn on 'Digital noise reduction' though for DVDs and other lower resolution content.
These settings control how the motion looks on the Sony X930C. See the Q&A of our full review for pictures of different values. In short, if you like the soap opera effect, set 'Motionflow' to smooth. 'Motionflow' to 'True Cinema' is recommended for movies if you don't want that effect. It also gets rid of judder.
The 'Color space' setting controls the color gamut. We calibrated for Rec.709, but if you want the wider gamut, set it to 'BT.2020' instead.
Questions & Answers
Since the correct settings are unique to each individual TV, you would need to either get a full calibration done to get these set correctly, or else buy a colorimeter and calibration software to do it yourself.
The Polk speaker set is likely a better choice between the two, so we would go with them.
Local dimming may cause a little darkening, but there are other settings that can compensate while maintaining the low black level. The settings I'm posting here results in close to perfect black levels with hardly any compromise in black details (on my set anyway). I've been looking very hard for the sudden changes you and some other reviewers mention and so far I'm unable to notice even a hint of that (maybe it is dependent on the content being displayed and I just haven't happened to come across?) Also we need to remember that black details is not necessarily something intended to be seen. There are many dark scenes where you're actually seeing, partially, the characters faces and some details in the immediate vicinity of the central character/object while the rest is a sea of darkness (for example, scenes lit up by a candle light). In those situations, most TVs possess enough picture adjustments to enable you to brighten the scene enough to see most of the surroundings, including the walls, but do we really need to see that, and did the director count on that being seen in the end result? I'm not sure.
Any how, here are my settings and like I said, on my 65X930C, the picture is as close to perfect as I've ever seen. I also have a 55" Panasonic plasma, and with these settings, in most cases, it equals it or out right beats it:
Black Level 40
Black adj off
Adv Cont. Enh. off
Auto Local dim High
X-tended DR High
Color temp Expert1
Color space Auto
Live color off
Advanced Color Temp:
Color Gama Adj Points (1 to 10)
R-Offset -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
G-Offset 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0
B-Offset -1 -1 -2 -1 0 0 0 -1 -2 0
Reality Cr Manual (Min)
Random NR Low
Digital NR Low
Motion Flow True Cinema