Sony X930E LED TV Calibration Settings

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

These are the settings used to calibrate our Sony 55" XBR55X930E, and we expect them to be valid for the 65" XBR65X930E. The following settings work well for any content, from watching movies to TV shows and gaming. For Gaming, some minor adjustments need to be done which are listed below.

General Settings

For movies and other TV content, we selected the 'Custom' 'Picture Mode', since it is the picture mode that brought us the closest to our calibration goal.

Sony X930E Calibration Settings 1

To reach our calibration luminosity of 100cd/m², we set the 'Brightness' to 1. Note that here the 'Brightness' is the equivalent of what other brands often call 'Backlight'. The 'Brightness' can be changed to match your room lighting, and it won't affect the picture quality. We turned off the 'Light sensor' and the 'Auto picture mode' because we did not want the brightness and picture settings of the TV to change automatically. We also left untouched at 50 the 'Color' setting.

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In the 'Brightness tab, we set the 'Contrast' to 95 to have a better range of contrast and also because it helped to reach our calibration goal. The 'Gamma' to was left to 0, and the 'Black level' to 50, their default values. The 'Black adjust' and 'Adv. contrast enhancer' were left turned off, since we did not 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 regular use, since it will help to have deeper black and better contrast ratio during normal TV use.

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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 reach 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 and display the content as close to what the creator intended.

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In the 'Clarity' tab, we left 'Sharpness' untouched at 50 (50 does not add any sharpness to content). 'Reality Creation' was also left turned off, but it could be turned on if you are watching some older low-resolution content since it can help to improve the final image quality. You can adjust with the 'Resolution' slider depending how much effect you want to be applied. 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 untouched at 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 typically seen in 8 bit content (often in skies) since it will smooth out the 8-bit gradation to make it look much better with less visible banding.

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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), you can 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.

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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'.

In the 'Video options' tab, 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.

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SDR Gaming and HDR Settings

For playing games via a video game console or PC (in SDR or HDR), first choose the 'Game' 'Picture mode', and copy the settings previously mentioned for the 'General settings. Note that the TV will keep in memory the changes made in each 'Picture mode', so you must set them one time for each, but after you won't have to reset them every time.

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Miscellaneous setting

If you connect a device that needs to use the full HDMI bandwidth, like a UHD Blu-ray player, a video game console or a PC set to output at 4k 60p 4:2:0 10 bit, 4:4:4 or 4:2:2, you'll need to connect them via the HDMI port 2 or 3 and set the 'HDMI signal format' to 'Enhanced format', via the 'External inputs' setting pages.

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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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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. For above description, I want to clear when playing games via PS4, only simply choose the 'Game' 'Picture mode' and keep others general settings default, or after choosing the 'Game' you also need to set other general settings which previously mentioned? Please help me to clear it, thanks a lot.
You are right, the wording is a bit confusing. First, select the 'Game' 'Picture mode' and after you can copy the setting mention for the general setting. Each picture mode keeps its own settings, so if you set up your TV in the 'Custom' picture mode, you must redo the same adjustment in the 'Game' picture mode. Once they are setup correctly, you are good for the next time, as your change will remain intact for each picture mode. We will update the setting page to make it more clear.
I really don't get motionflow and cinemotion - what do I set those on to limit any dizziness feeling? Also, I swear sometimes a person's face looks distorted, especially in the background. Thanks!
The 'Motionflow Clearness' slider activates 120 Hz flicker, which may be making you dizzy; you can turn it off by setting it to 'Min'. The 'Smoothness' slider activates motion interpolation ('soap opera effect'), which makes motion look smoother but can add some artifacts, perhaps causing the distorted faces you mentioned; you can read more about motion interpolation in our article. Reducing the 'Smoothness' slider will reduce the artifacts but also make the motion not as smooth. If you don't want motion interpolation or flicker, you can set 'Motionflow' to 'True Cinema' and 'Cinemotion' to 'High', which will remove judder from movies (24p judder) but shouldn't add any artifacts or flicker. If you still notice problems you can turn both off.
I just bought a Sony 930E. I looked at your settings page for this model and tried them. The problem I found is you have both Brightness settings (under both menus) set a "1". The picture is waaayyy too dark for viewing. Which Brightness setting do you want set at 1? Also, is there any way to do settings for common cable TV? Possibly Xfinity cable? Thanx!
You can turn 'Brightness' up as high as you want, we only set it that low for our calibration (100 cd/m² target). There is only one 'Brightness' setting, it's just visible in two places. Cable TV shouldn't require different settings than our 'General Settings', unless you notice judder or noise.
I understand that each input/picture mode has its own settings. However, which settings apply to the onboard apps like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, etc? Or is that just picture mode and has nothing to do with which input is used? Meaning setting values for Movie is the same on HDMI 1 and HDMI 2? I was thinking each input (specifically HDMI) got their own Modes? I may be confused -- I think I sound confused! :)
The same picture mode will look the same regardless of which input it is activated on. However, each input can have its own custom set of settings. For example, this allows you to have the Cinema picture mode enabled on HDMI 1, where your Blu-ray player is connected, while the game mode is instead activated on HDMI 2 where your ps4 would be. This makes it easy to switch between different sources without having to set the appropriate settings every time.

Apps work the same way, and they are all considered to be within the same input. Instead of having a set of settings for Youtube specifically, it shares the "Apps (Video)" input settings with Netflix and other video apps. Picture viewers and Android games also have their own shared settings ("Apps (Photo)" and "Apps (Game)" respectively).


Curious on your thoughts with this TV and its Live Color setting with SDR versus HDR application.

Quite a few people in other forums run Live Color set to 'Low' in Game Mode for video game usage, I myself do this as I kept it enabled back on my original Sony model (the 55-inch W900A from 2013) before I replaced it with this 930E. If I recall, Live Color was originally introduced by Sony as a software-method for artificially boosting the color gamut on source media. For video game material it really boosted the saturation of colors and gave the TV a gaudy but really "pop" factor in the colors, and since video games typically have more wiggle room for picture modifications, I personally loved the look and kept it on for years.

Going to the 930E I kept Live Color to Low along with enabling X-tended Dynamic Range to Medium/High for SDR content in Game Mode. Games set to non-HDR (SDR) on PS4 Pro like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Destiny 2, and others get a terrific boost in color pop and saturation, in Horizon, especially, it really pushes up the greens of the foliage and the red of Aloy's hair.

Once you enable HDR, however, (and my HDR settings are all set to Auto, I'm on Enhanced Format for HDMI on the 930E, and with HDR enabled my PS4 Pro says it is displaying Full 4K UHD with HDR at 60hz and YUV4:2:2, so the settings look correct) the 930E appears to dramatically cut back the aggressiveness of Live Color. A lot of the color saturation drains out but brings out a bit more detail in the shadows. Quite a few people feel like SDR+Live Color looks more "HDR" than HDR10 itself at the same settings. Pushing Live Color to High helps a bit, but since the 930E doesn't save separate settings for HDR versus non-HDR on the same picture mode on the same HDMI port it becomes a pain to reset things when playing games that don't support HDR versus ones that do.

I don't know if any other TVs have similar functions like what Live Color does. Do you also see this on your 930E TV set? Is it intentional that with HDR we're seeing a more calibrated, author-intended picture quality, and that the 930E probably cuts back on Live Color with HDR since it is getting more luminance and color data to extend out the gamut from the source material?

It all depends on how the 'Live Color' algorithm operates. For SDR it likely takes colors that are near the edge of the color gamut and saturates them further to widen the color gamut. In SDR material these near-edge colors are more common, because the SDR color gamut is so small; however in HDR most of the colors aren't near the edge of the color gamut because the gamut is so large. Because of this, 'Live Color' may behave differently in HDR, and may only saturate colors that are already fairly saturated, or it may use a different algorithm entirely.
Hello, I notice you mention connecting to a PC but I have no idea how to start. What settings should I use for connecting this TV with a PC? Both movie and gaming? I currently connected my PC which is connected to a non hdr monitor and this TV (set to mirrored mode), but when I played an HDR game it doesn't detect it as HDR? Also how do I get 1080p/1440p at 120 Hz? I heard you mention something about a custom profile, can you explain?
We recommend the 'Game' picture mode for PC use as it has low input lag and properly shows 4:4:4 chroma subsampling.

If you're mirroring with a non-HDR monitor then games won't play in HDR, but if the screens are separate and the TV is the primary screen, games may play in HDR on the TV. Also Windows HDR shouldn't need to be enabled for games to play in HDR, because they run in fullscreen exclusive mode.

You can only send 120 Hz to the TV by using a custom resolution, and creating a custom resolution is a little complicated. Here's a video showing how to do it for an Nvidia card, and here's one for an AMD card. In either case you can set the resolution to 2560x1440x120Hz but keep the timings automatic.

I just purchased a Sony X930E and followed your recommended settings. I cannot get HDR to start automatically regardless of the source (including the built in apps). If I manually set it to HDR10 I get the HDR notification in the corner; but if I leave it to Auto it never shows HDR and the screen doesn't light up. I have turned on Enhanced Format under input and I'm connected under HDMI3 (arc) to my receiver which is doing 4K passthrough. Please help.
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'. In the 'Video options' tab, 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. We have seen cases where even with the correct settings it still doesn't detect HDR properly. In this case we recommend doing a Factory Reset on the TV and doing the configuration again.
Looking to buy Sony XBR55X930E or Sony OLED for 2018 but I am worried about burn in issues. Is there a need to be concerned?
It is still too early for us to determine whether there will be any long term effects of burn-in on OLED TVs. If this is something that concerns you many retailers offer extended warranties that cover burn-in.
I Have a Yamaha RX-A2070 Receiver. I have the TV hooked up to it (Through ARC) on receiver and TV. After I change the setting to Enhanced, should I hook up HDMI port #2 or #3 on the TV instead of ARC?
The Enhanced setting controls which HDMI type will be used on the HDMI ports 2 and 3 to allow normal(HDMI 1.4) or full bandwidth(HDMI 2.0). The HDMI ports 1 and 4 on the X930E support only HDMI 1.4 and both of the ports 2 and 3 can toggle between HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 (2.0 if Enhanced mode is activated, 1.4 if it is not). To connect your receiver, the HDMI cable must be plugged in the ARC port (HDMI #3 on the X930E). The Enhanced setting should not have any impact on the ARC passthrough as it can work on both HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0. Note that to enable audio passthrough, the TV's audio output needs to be changed from 'TV speakers' to 'Audio system'.
I have a X930E TV, but I'm sure this question relates to every TV. The contrast setting according to Sony has something to do with white points and the recommended setting is between 90-95. Is there a reason why you wouldn't set it to max, especially for HDR content? Lowering my contrast looks like it dims bright white areas. Or does leaving it lower offer more highlights? Thanks.
The contrast setting adjusts the amount of detail present in bright images. Set contrast too high and the whites could be ‘clipped,’ which means there is detail being lost in bright portions of an image. Too low, and the bright portions of the image won’t look bright enough. You can download a pattern here to display on your TV and set the value to the max if there is no loss in detail at that high setting. You may see very little difference between recommended and max settings. Have a look at How To Calibrate Your TV if you're curious about the effect of this and other settings.
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