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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.

Sony X930C Calibration Settings 1

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.

Sony X930C Calibration Settings 2

'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.

Sony X930C Calibration Settings 3

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.

Sony X930C Calibration Settings 4

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.

Sony X930C Calibration Settings 5

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.

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Questions & Answers

Hi. I noticed the Color Gamma Adjustment Points are set 1 thru 10. Which one do you recommend?
You need to adjust all the points for proper calibration. Changing the levels of red, green, and blue will allow you to get the 10 different shades of gray in the picture settings (from white to black) set to the correct look. This translates to accurate picture.
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.
What settings should I use for watching new 4K blu-ray with HDR?
We haven't received our Samsung UHD blu-ray player from Amazon yet. We will make sure to try it out with the x930c as soon as we get it. In the mean time, try the 'HDR video' picture mode.
I have two floor-standing Polk speakers, a large Polk sub woofer, and a Polk center channel speaker. Can I use these speakers in conjunction with the Sony 930C speakers? Will that improve the sound?
You can connect some subwoofers to the TV through the 3.5 mm audio out jack (which would improve the bass), but you can't add the Polk speakers and use the TV's built-in speakers at the same time.
The Polk speaker set is likely a better choice between the two, so we would go with them.
If I want to calibrate to BT.2020 for the wider gamut. What do I need to do differently than what you show for your calibration based on Rec.709?
It's not currently possible to calibrate for BT.2020. Calibration relies on meeting target colors, and no TVs can get close to meeting all the target values of BT.2020. If you're watching video that will take advantage of a wide color gamut, the best you can do is just enable the feature.

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:

Custom Mode

Brightness Min.
Contrast 90
Gamma 0
Black Level 40
Black adj off
Adv Cont. Enh. off
Auto Local dim High
X-tended DR High
Color 40
Color temp Expert1
Color space Auto
Live color off

Advanced Color Temp:
R-Gain -1
G-Gain Max
B-Gain -3
R-Bias -1
G-Bias 0
B-Bias -3

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

Sharpness 25
Reality Cr Manual (Min)
Random NR Low
Digital NR Low
Motion Flow True Cinema
Cine-motion Low

Thank you very much for sharing those settings. Others might like them too.
Why is the X-tended Dynamic Range greyed out in the picture showing the advanced settings, does auto local dimming need to be turned on for x-tended dynamic range to work?
Yes. 'Auto Local Dimming' need to be turned On for 'X-tended Dynamic Range' to be active.
What's the point of local dimming, if you're disabling it. I don't understand those "Experts", you gush about features and capabilities of items you review, then turn around and disable said features as if that makes you look more of a videophile? I mean seriously, why? I tried your settings on my XBR65X930C and the picture looked OK but not as good as using my own settings but still much, much better than settings posted by Cnet reviewer - that one was awful!!!
Local dimming is a matter of preferences. On one side, it results in better, deeper blacks. On the other, it can darkens small highlights and create quick changes in luminosity. Some TVs are better than others at it so depending on how good the implementation is, we might suggest using it (like it is the case for the Vizio P 2016). Please share your settings with us, it might help others too.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.