Sony X900F LED TV Picture Settings – RTINGS.com

Hi, I’m Daniel from Rtings.

comIn this video, we will go over how-to setup and get the best picture for the Sony X900F.

These settings should also work for internationalmodels like the XF9000 in Europe.

We will describe the settings you should adjustfor gaming, HDR, and movies.

For a summary of our recommended settings, see the link in the description to our website.

First we’ll go over the inputs.

They are located on the back of the TV, directeddown the back and out the side.

Of the four HDMI inputs, two of them supportHDMI 2.

0 full bandwidth so these two should be used for PC use or high bandwidth consoleslike the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.

One of these high bandwidth HDMI inputs isalso labelled ARC and you should connect this to your ARC supported external sound systemto direct audio from the TV or other devices through your external speakers.

Unfortunately, these HDMI limitations meanyou may have a problem if you have more than 2 high bandwidth devices or more than onehigh bandwidth device and a receiver connected on HDMI 3.

In this case you may have to buy an externalHDMI switch to increase the number of ports.

The first thing we’ll do is go into theexternal inputs and set the ‘HDMI Signal Format’ to ‘Enhanced’.

There is no reason not to enable this, exceptif you are having compatibility issues with older devices.

This increases the bandwidth of the HDMI port.

Now, go back to what you are watching.

These settings apply only to the HDMI portyou are on, so you do need to adjust the settings for each device individually.

Even the apps have different settings.

Press the ‘Action Menu’ button on theremote.

The ‘Display’ option lists informationabout the input signal.

‘Picture in picture’ shows multiple inputsat the same time, but it only works for some signals like over the air TV.

‘Picture Off’ disables the display.

This can be useful if you only want to playmusic for example.

We’ll go back to the ‘Picture Adjustments’soon ‘Wide Mode’ allows changing the aspectratio.

You usually shouldn’t have to use this asthe TV detects the correct ratio automatically.

‘Sound Adjustments’ are for sound controlwith the TV speakers ‘Speakers’ allows you to select whetheraudio is output to external speakers ‘Sync Menu’ is for the Sony Bravia Syncsettings Now we’ll start on the picture adjustments.

The first thing to do is adjust the ‘PictureMode’.

There are some differences between each ofthe picture modes outside of the default settings.

For gaming and PC use, the game and graphicspicture modes both offer equally low input lag.

They have different upscaling methods though, so graphics tends to be better suited to text and hard edges for PC use while ‘Game’tends to be better suited to normal content.

You can try both and see which you prefer.

Note that in these picture modes some processingsettings are disabled to reduce input lag, but you can still follow the remainder ofour recommended settings.

For watching movies or sports, use the ‘Custom’picture mode for the most setting adjustment and good preset options.

If you are watching HDR content, then an HDRicon appears in this menu.

For HDR gaming on a new console or PC, theHDR game option is the best choice.

When watching HDR movies, you can leave theTV in the ‘Custom’ picture mode for the most accurate image.

This does clip highlights though, so if youfind that you are missing details in some bright scenes then change to ‘Cinema Home’for an EOTF with roll off, preserving details in highlights.

‘Auto Picture Mode’ tries to detect theinput signal to change the picture mode to suit.

It may be useful for some people, but we don’trecommend it as it can be incorrect sometimes.

We'll be using measurements taken from ourX900F to show how the picture quality is affected in ways cameras can't capture.

The ‘Brightness’ setting on Sony TVs behavesdifferently to other brands.

This setting affects their backlight and canbe adjusted to suit your room without degrading the picture quality.

For a bright room set it to maximum, but forour average room calibration we will set it to 9 which corresponds to about 200 nits onour checkerboard pattern.

‘Color’ affects the saturation of theimage.

In this diagram the squares are the targetpoints which is what an accurate display should achieve.

The circles are the measured points from ourX900F.

Decreasing the color results in undersaturatedcolors and a dull image.

Increasing it results in oversaturated imageswith very vivid colors.

You can adjust it slightly, but for accuratecolors the default value of 50 is best.

‘Light Sensor’ changes the brightnessof the screen to match the light in your room.

It can be useful if you watch TV in changinglight conditions, and don’t want to adjust the ‘Brightness’ option.

We recommend leaving it off for the most control.

In the ‘Advanced Settings’ menu is thesame option as before for ‘Brightness’.

‘Contrast’ affects the brightness rangeof the display.

Low values result in a dim or washed out image.

It should be set as high as possible withoutclipping details.

We’ve found that 90 is a good safe value.

We can measure the gamma curve to see theeffect of the ‘Gamma’ setting.

These results show the relationship betweendark and bright areas in a scene.

A lower gamma value results in a brighterimage and a higher value results in a deeper or darker image.

The default gamma value of 0 corresponds mostclosely to our 2.

2 target, which is the standard that movies are mastered at.

Increasing the gamma option in the menu lowersthe gamma curve, which can bring out extra details in dark scenes.

The ‘Black Level’ option should be leftto the default value of 50.

Lowering this will result in crushed detailsin shadows, while raising it results in blacks that appear gray.

The black adjust option doesn’t make blacksdeeper but instead applies software processing.

This affects the gamma curve and changes thelevel of shadows.

We recommend disabling it for an accurateimage.

‘Advanced Contrast Enhancer’ is anothersoftware only feature which doesn’t change the actual contrast of the display.

This also affects the gamma curve, and werecommend leaving it disabled for the most accurate image.

‘Auto Local Dimming’ is a hardware featurewhich does result in deeper blacks.

You should leave on ‘High’ for the deepestdark scenes and best picture quality in a dark room, but if you find the brightnesschanges distracting then you can use ‘Medium’.

‘X-tended Dynamic Range’ is the oppositeof local dimming in that it brightens highlights.

It can only be enabled with local dimming.

Set this to maximum for the brightest highlights, especially in HDR, but if you find the highlights too intense then you can lower this option.

In the ‘Color’ menu is the same coloroptions as before.

Leave it to 50 for the most accurate image.

The ‘Hue’ option rotates the color palette.

For the most accurate colors, leave it at0.

The ‘Color Temperature’ option shouldbe adjusted as you prefer.

Cooler values result in a blueish image whilewarmer values result in a red or yellowish image.

The color temperature which most content ismastered at is 6500K, which corresponds to the ‘Expert’ values.

These two expert options have the same colortemperature, so you can use either of them, but can be calibrated independently with advancedequipment through the ‘Advanced Color Temperature’ menu.

We don’t recommend you set any values inhere unless you have a colorimeter.

The best settings do vary on a unit by unitbasis due to panel variance.

‘Live Color’ should be left disabled.

This oversaturates the content, which is fineif you want to produce an image with more pop but ‘Off’ is more accurate.

In the ‘Clarity’ menu is an option forsharpness.

The default value of 50 results in no addedsharpness or softening.

You can increase this slightly if you prefera sharper image when watching low quality content, but this does introduce artifacts.

We will leave it to the most accurate valueof 50 for this calibration.

This is also the case for ‘Reality Creation’.

Leave it off for the most accurate image, unless you want the appearance of more details in the picture.

‘Mastered in 4k’ is an option which appliesthe reverse of the downscaling used in Sony’s mastered in 4k blu-rays.

This may result in a slightly more accurateimage when watching Sony’s 1080p Blu-rays that were mastered in 4k, but should be disabledfor everything else.

The two noise reduction features can be enabledif you find too much noise in low quality content such as cable TV.

Random is for analog noise, which is rarelypresent ow.

Digital is for block noise artifacts thatmost recent compression algorithms have.

If you are watching high quality content thenleave these options disabled for the most accurate image without any softening.

Smooth gradation is to correct color bandingissues.

These issues are usually most visible in skiesor other areas with a slight gradient.

It works well, so although it can apply somesoftening you should be fine to leave it enabled.

Now on to the motion menu.

This is a complex subject, so you can watchour motion series which is linked down below to explain what each of these options do.

In short, for movies set it to ‘True Cinema’with ‘CineMotion’ on ‘High’.

This won’t add any motion interpolationor soap opera effect, but will display 24Hz content at the correct cadence.

If you want the soap opera effect then setit to ‘Smooth’.

For gaming the ‘Smoothness’ slider isdisabled, but you can increase the ‘Clearness’ slider which adds screen flicker to clearup fast paced motion.

Not everyone likes this flicker though.

Under the ‘Video Options’ menu set everythingto ‘Auto’.

These settings are mostly useful if thereis an error in the incoming signal such as missing metadata, and allow you to force theTV to treat it in specific ways.

In summary, for most content in SDR includingmovies and sports use the ‘Custom’ picture mode.

For gaming, use the ‘Game’ picture modefor lowest input lag.

For PC use, the ‘Graphics’ picture modeis best for 4:4:4 support, low input lag, and upscaling of text.

For each of these uses adjust the ‘Brightness’to suit your room, and the ‘Color Temperature’ to suit your preferences.

If you are watching HDR content then use eitherthe ‘Custom’ or ‘Cinema Home’ picture mode.

The ‘Custom’ picture mode is more accuratefor most scenes, but will result in loss of details in highlights.

‘Cinema Home’ is better for preservinghighlight details.

So that’s it.

You can find the screenshots of all the settingswe recommend on our website via the link below.

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Thank you for watching and see you next time.

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