Sony X850D LED TV Calibration Settings

The following are screenshots of the settings we used to calibrate the Sony X850D UHD LED TV. These settings are good to use with any kind of content from movies to sports to video games. If you want to use them for the later, make sure to copy the settings under the 'Game' picture mode.

As with all Sony TV, we begin by selecting the 'Custom' picture mode. In our test room, we had to set 'Brightness' to minimum to get close to 100 nit. If you have a bright room increase 'Brightness' to maximum.

Sony X850D Calibration Settings 1

Sony X850D Calibration Settings 2

A color temperature set to 'Expert 1' will give a warm picture look. If you find the overall picture too dull, feel free to use any other colder setting. For almost all content, leave 'Color space' to 'sRGB/BT.709'. To get more saturated color, use either 'DCI' or 'BT.2020', the wide color gamut option.

Sony X850D Calibration Settings 3

'Sharpness' to 50 equals to no added sharpness. This will look sharp without any artifacts resulting from over-sharpness. For streaming, cable TV and DVDs, 'Random noise reduction' and 'Digital noise reduction' will help to reduce unwanted picture noise. Leave those options off with high quality signals (PC or blu-ray).

Sony X850D Calibration Settings 4

To add image interpolation (soap opera effect) and smooth out motion, engage the 'Motionflow' option to one of the preset values, like 'Smooth' or some custom values. The 'True Cinema' setting will remove judder on 24Hz content. For 60Hz content, also set 'CineMotion' to 'Medium' to eliminate judder. The 'Clearness' setting will make the backlight flashing while reducing the overall brightness of the TV. This can be useful to clear motion while playing video games without increasing the input lag.

Sony X850D Calibration Settings 5

To get sharp text while using the TV as a PC monitor, change the 'HDMI signal format' to 'Enhanced format' and use the 'Game' or 'Graphics' picture mode. To get there, hit the 'Home' button on the remote, scroll down to 'Settings'  then 'External inputs' and 'HDMI signal format'

Sony X850D Calibration Settings 17

The following are the results of the white balance and colorspace calibration on our unit. You can try copying our values for these, but we don't recommend them as they vary per individual unit, so they might not be good, even for the same model and same size as the TV we reviewed. 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.

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Questions & Answers

What is the purpose of the 'Mastered in 4K' setting?
The purpose of 'Mastered in 4K' setting is to give better color, less noise and enchant sharpness and detail. This can only be done when you have a specific Blu-ray disc that has "Mastered in 4k" on it. In practice that setting almost does nothing.
What are the best settings for HDR Gaming?
For a HDR game first enable 'Enhanced Format' for your HDMI port. Use the 'HDR Video' setting, and set 'Brightness' to max. After this, follow the rest of our settings shown above.
I'd like to see gaming calibrations, is it possible to do that?
For gaming, first set the 'Picture mode' to 'Game' and then follow the rest of our settings. Adjust the 'Brightness' to suit your room. You can also use the 'Clearness' setting under 'Motionflow' to clarify action but will dim the screen.
How would you rate the black level of the IPS panel in this model vs., for example, an LG IPS panel? Or does Sony source its IPS panels from LG? Are there any noticeable differences between Sony and LG one way or the other in how they handle black?
Sony probably use some of the same IPS panels that we can find inside LG TVs. In fact, we suspect the Sony x850d and LG UH8500 to use the same panel since the measurements we took out of them are very similar. There is definitely worse IPS panel than the one in the x850d as far as blacks and contrast goes. Blacks are still grayish but we have seen way worse IPS panels. The one inside the x850d is about as good as it get.
Do you think Sony could fix some of the black issues with a firmware in the future or it is impossible because of the type of screen? Also, can Sony release a firmware to make this tv a 3d tv in the future? is the hardware there to make it happen?
There is not software fix for this, unfortunately. 3D also is also hardware related, so we are not aware on any software update that could add 3D function.
Would like to connect my Sony 75" X850D to a UPS. What is the running wattage?
Our measured power consumption for all TVs can be found under the 'Misc' heading in each review. We only tested the 55" variant, and found a max power draw of 118W. The power draw is roughly proportional to the screen area, and so the max power draw of the 75" model is around 118W * (75/55)^2 = 220W.
Mastered in 4k is done in all blu-ray player 1080p/24, not only in specific blu-ray labeled discs.
Although 'Mastered in 4k' can be applied to any 1080p 24Hz source, it is intended to be used on 'Mastered in 4k' specific disks. It uses a Sony proprietary upscaling method which reverses the downscaling used by Sony studios. As such it should provide more accurate upscaling for Sony studios, but is not the same method used by other studios so is not beneficial for other blurays.
I can't decide between the Sony X850D 65" or the Vizio P65-C1. I will have it connected to a PC and will be doing PC gaming, watching some HD movies and possibly 4K. I also watch 720p TV shows.
The Vizio P65-C1 is the better choice. It has lower input lag than the X850D at both 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 and 4K @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4.