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Sony X900E LED TV Calibration Settings

For additional settings information, please consult the Common Problems and How to Calibrate pages.

These are the settings that used to calibrate our SonyXBR55X900E TV and we expect these to also be applicable for the 49" version (XBR49X900E), the 65" (XBR65X900E) and 75" version (XBR75X900E). The following settings are suitable for any content, from watching movies to TV shows and gaming. For Gaming, some little adjustments need to be done, and they are listed below.

General Settings

For movies and TV content, we selected the 'Custom' 'Picture Mode', since it is the picture mode that gave us the closest result to our calibration goal and it brings the image quality close to what the content creator intended it be.

Sony X900E Calibration Settings 1

In the 'Brightness' tab,  we set the 'Brightness' to 4 to get a luminosity level closest to our calibration target of 100 cd/m². Note that here the 'Brightness' is the equivalent of what other companies call 'Backlight'. The 'Brightness' can be changed to match your room lighting, and it won't affect the picture quality. We left the 'Contrast' to 90, the 'Gamma' to 0, and the 'Black level' to 50, their default values. The 'Black adjust' and 'Adv. contrast enhancer' were left turned off, since we don't want to add any image processing. Note that for the calibration, we turned off the 'Auto local dimming' and 'X-tended Dynamic Range', but you should turn on these features for normal TV and movie viewing.

Sony X900E Calibration Settings 2

In the 'Color' tab, we left at the default value of 50 for 'Color' and 0 for 'Hue'. We selected 'Expert 1' for the 'Color temperature' as this is the closest to the warm temperature of 6500K we are trying to achieve during calibration. If you find the color temperature to be too warm (reddish or yellowish) you can set it to a colder temperature. 'Live Color' was also left turned off, once again because we do not want to add extra image processing.

Sony X900E Calibration Settings 3

In the 'Clarity' tab, we left 'Sharpness' to 50 (the default value) since we did not want to have any oversharpness. 'Reality Creation' was also left turned off. It could be turned on if you are watching some older content with a lower resolution since it can help to improve the quality of the image. You can adjust with the 'Resolution' slider how much effect you want to be added. The 'Mastered in 4K' option is a feature that will optimize the upscaling of 1080p Blu-rays movies that are listed as being 'Mastered in 4K'. It will not be possible to apply this setting if you are not watching a movie through other means than via a Blu-ray player, so in our case, we did not use this feature. 'Random noise reduction', 'Digital noise reduction' and 'Smooth gradation' were all left turned off, but those could be useful to ameliorate the quality of older and low-resolution content. 'Smooth gradation' is especially useful if you see a lot of color banding normally seen in 8 bit content since it will smooth the 8-bit gradation to make it look much better with less visual banding.

Sony X900E Calibration Settings 20

In the 'Motion' tab setting, we left the 'Motionflow' and 'Cinemotion' turned off, but if you like the motion interpolation (or commonly named the soap opera effect), simply adjust the 'Motionflow' setting to 'Custom' and increase the 'Smoothness' slider. The 'Clearness' slider controls the image flicker control of the TV. To know more about this feature you can click here. If you are watching a movie via 60p/60i and notice some judder, simply set 'Motionflow' to 'True Cinema' and 'CineMotion' to 'High' to have a judder-free experience. This doesn't add any soap opera effect.

Sony X900E Calibration Settings 4

HDR Settings

When HDR content is detected the TV should switch automatically to the good settings, but if you want to be sure you can verify that the 'Brightness' is set to max, that ' Auto local dimming' is set to 'High' and that 'X-tended Dynamic Range' is set to 'High'.

Sony X900E Calibration Settings 6

In the 'Video options', just verify that 'HDR mode', 'HDMI video range' and 'Color space' are set to 'Auto' and it should change automatically to match the type of content you are watching, in this case, HDR content.

Sony X900E Calibration Settings 5

SDR Gaming and HDR Settings

For playing games via a video game console or PC (in SDR or HDR) simply choose the 'Game' 'Picture mode', and you can keep the general settings previously mentioned.

Sony X900E Calibration Settings 8

White Balance 

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.

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Questions & Answers

Looking to buy either Sony x900e or 930e. Your review of the 900e was great. How soon will you post review of the 930e. Love to know which one will have to best picture.
You can check out our Suggest a Review page to vote and suggest new TVs. We've already purchased the X930E, and the review should be published in the coming weeks.
I am considering the X900E to use with my Xbox one x for 4K HDR gaming. I am worried that the input lag at 4K 60hz in the low to mid 30’s will be a distraction in first person shooters online. I am coming from a w800b 2014 Sony with 25ms of input lag. Would there be a noticeable difference?
It is unlikely that you will notice a difference in input lag between the two TVs. The threshold for most people to differentiate between TVs, especially while using wireless controllers which also have input lag, is about a full 60 Hz frame time (16,67 ms).
First off thank you for always having great setting help. Was hoping you could send me a final “best settings” for all categories. Example: it says in the calibration to turn on dynamic range and auto local dimming but to what level? Low medium high etc. If you could just send me the general settings for custom with each section I would really appreciate it. Thank you.
Some things are up to personal preference, but here's an outline of the settings we didn't state explicitly:
  • We test with 'Xtended Dynamic Range' and 'Auto Local Dimming' on their highest values, but if you notice distracting blooming then you can turn them down.
  • It's best not to touch 'Adv. Color Temperature' unless you have calibration equipment, as our calibration settings are specific to our unit.
  • Leave 'Smooth Gradation' off unless you notice distracting banding, which can happen in things like compressed YouTube videos. Similarly only enable noise reduction if you notice a lot of noise.
  • Set 'Cinemotion' to 'High' unless you notice problems, which case turn it down or off.
  • 'Motionflow' depends on if you're bothered by motion interpolation or flicker; the best configuration for smooth motion would be 'Motionflow Custom' with both sliders maxed out, but if the BFI flicker bothers you then turn 'Clearness' down or off, and if the soap opera effect bothers you turn down 'Smoothness' or remove it entirely by using 'Motionflow TrueCinema'.

Also stay tuned for our upcoming X900E Picture Settings video on our YouTube channel. It will be embedded at the top of this page when it's released.

Is it possible to play video games with any of the motion or clarity settings on?
Hi and thanks for contacting us. When set in game mode, in the 'Motion' tab, you can set the 'Motionflow' option to 'Custom', but only the 'Clearness' (black frame insertion) feature will be available. In the 'Clarity' tab, the 'Sharpness', the 'Reality Creation', and 'Smooth gradation' features are available. Those will be the one that you can use while in game mode. Besides that, you could use another picture mode, but the input lag is more than 100ms, which is a lot even for the most casual of game.
Why do you have the settings at 4 for Brightness? I tried that and the screen was so dark.
You can turn the 'Brightness' setting up as high as you want, it only affects the brightness of the TV. We have it at '4' to hit our 100 cd/m² calibration target, but most people find that too dim.
What settings would you use for sports? Like football for example?
Turn 'Motionflow' to 'True Cinema' or 'Off', but otherwise use the same settings as for movies.
Thank you for your review. I just bought the X900E, partially based on your advice. This is my first Sony, and I'm wondering if my Samsung KS9000 and LG B7A just have me spoiled, but I can't seem to get a seperate picture calibration for HDR vs. SDR content on YouTube. Am I missing something, or is the X900E simply too low of a grade TV to offer this ability?
Thank you for your question! This isn't due to the X900E being too low grade of a TV, but instead due to Sony's general philosophy for calibration settings. In general though, we don't recommend an HDR calibration since it is difficult to do accurately, as there are no set standards on how to proceed that are currently available.
Can you tell me how to change the input names from HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc. to something else? I have the Smart TV features turned off, if that matters. Thanks.
From the home menu (where all the apps are), scroll down to the bottom and click on settings. From there, select the external inputs tab. In this menu, you can select individual inputs and edit their labels.
Hello, I own the LN49MU7000. Do you have information on the differences between the MU7000 and the MU7100? I am seeing it locally for sale in the USA, but due to it originally being a Canadian model, I am having a hard time getting information on it. According to your review of the Samsung MU7000, the panel has no dimming feature. However, Samsung states the MU7100 has "Supreme Local Dimming", with 1152 dimmimg zones. Is this true? If so, that makes it having more dimming zones than the Sony Z9...
We expect the MU7100 to simply be a store exclusive model that produces the same performance as the standard MU7000. If there are differences in the local dimming, they should be quite minimal. The marketing terminology used with the MU7100 is "Supreme UHD Dimming" which is the same as what was found on last year's Samsung KS9000, which you can look at for comparison. If the marketing material is accurate in this regard, the difference between the two is not worth buying over the other.
I have the 900E and my PC will send 1920x1080 at 120Hz but not 4k at 120Hz, is there no way to run 4k 120Hz? At 60Hz I can see my mouse skip some.
4k @ 120 Hz @ 4:4:4 color is beyond the bandwidth limitations of HDMI 2.0. It's theoretically possible for 4k @ 120 Hz @ 4:2:0 color to fit in the bandwidth of HDMI 2.0, but it's nearly impossible to send such a resolution with current graphics hardware and software. Many people on PC forums have tried but no one has succeeded. 1440p @ 120 Hz @ RGB works no problem though with a custom resolution.
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