Sony X900F LED TV Picture Settings – RTINGS.com

Sony X900F LED TV Picture Settings – RTINGS.com


Hi, I’m Daniel from Rtings.com
In this video, we will go over how-to setup and get the best picture for the Sony X900F. These settings should also work for international
models like the XF9000 in Europe. We will describe the settings you should adjust
for 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, directed
down the back and out the side. Of the four HDMI inputs, two of them support
HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth so these two should be used for PC use or high bandwidth consoles
like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. One of these high bandwidth HDMI inputs is
also labelled ARC and you should connect this to your ARC supported external sound system
to direct audio from the TV or other devices through your external speakers. Unfortunately, these HDMI limitations mean
you may have a problem if you have more than 2 high bandwidth devices or more than one
high bandwidth device and a receiver connected on HDMI 3. In this case you may have to buy an external
HDMI switch to increase the number of ports. The first thing we’ll do is go into the
external inputs and set the ‘HDMI Signal Format’ to ‘Enhanced’. There is no reason not to enable this, except
if 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 port
you 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 the
remote. The ‘Display’ option lists information
about the input signal. ‘Picture in picture’ shows multiple inputs
at 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 play
music for example. We’ll go back to the ‘Picture Adjustments’
soon ‘Wide Mode’ allows changing the aspect
ratio. You usually shouldn’t have to use this as
the TV detects the correct ratio automatically. ‘Sound Adjustments’ are for sound control
with the TV speakers ‘Speakers’ allows you to select whether
audio is output to external speakers ‘Sync Menu’ is for the Sony Bravia Sync
settings Now we’ll start on the picture adjustments. The first thing to do is adjust the ‘Picture
Mode’. There are some differences between each of
the picture modes outside of the default settings. For gaming and PC use, the game and graphics
picture 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 processing
settings are disabled to reduce input lag, but you can still follow the remainder of
our 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 HDR
icon appears in this menu. For HDR gaming on a new console or PC, the
HDR game option is the best choice. When watching HDR movies, you can leave the
TV in the ‘Custom’ picture mode for the most accurate image. This does clip highlights though, so if you
find 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 the
input signal to change the picture mode to suit. It may be useful for some people, but we don’t
recommend it as it can be incorrect sometimes. We’ll be using measurements taken from our
X900F to show how the picture quality is affected in ways cameras can’t capture. The ‘Brightness’ setting on Sony TVs behaves
differently to other brands. This setting affects their backlight and can
be adjusted to suit your room without degrading the picture quality. For a bright room set it to maximum, but for
our average room calibration we will set it to 9 which corresponds to about 200 nits on
our checkerboard pattern. ‘Color’ affects the saturation of the
image. In this diagram the squares are the target
points which is what an accurate display should achieve. The circles are the measured points from our
X900F. Decreasing the color results in undersaturated
colors and a dull image. Increasing it results in oversaturated images
with very vivid colors. You can adjust it slightly, but for accurate
colors the default value of 50 is best. ‘Light Sensor’ changes the brightness
of the screen to match the light in your room. It can be useful if you watch TV in changing
light 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 the
same option as before for ‘Brightness’. ‘Contrast’ affects the brightness range
of the display. Low values result in a dim or washed out image. It should be set as high as possible without
clipping details. We’ve found that 90 is a good safe value. We can measure the gamma curve to see the
effect of the ‘Gamma’ setting. These results show the relationship between
dark and bright areas in a scene. A lower gamma value results in a brighter
image and a higher value results in a deeper or darker image. The default gamma value of 0 corresponds most
closely to our 2.2 target, which is the standard that movies are mastered at. Increasing the gamma option in the menu lowers
the gamma curve, which can bring out extra details in dark scenes. The ‘Black Level’ option should be left
to the default value of 50. Lowering this will result in crushed details
in shadows, while raising it results in blacks that appear gray. The black adjust option doesn’t make blacks
deeper but instead applies software processing. This affects the gamma curve and changes the
level of shadows. We recommend disabling it for an accurate
image. ‘Advanced Contrast Enhancer’ is another
software only feature which doesn’t change the actual contrast of the display. This also affects the gamma curve, and we
recommend leaving it disabled for the most accurate image. ‘Auto Local Dimming’ is a hardware feature
which does result in deeper blacks. You should leave on ‘High’ for the deepest
dark scenes and best picture quality in a dark room, but if you find the brightness
changes distracting then you can use ‘Medium’. ‘X-tended Dynamic Range’ is the opposite
of 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 color
options 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 at
0. The ‘Color Temperature’ option should
be adjusted as you prefer. Cooler values result in a blueish image while
warmer values result in a red or yellowish image. The color temperature which most content is
mastered at is 6500K, which corresponds to the ‘Expert’ values. These two expert options have the same color
temperature, so you can use either of them, but can be calibrated independently with advanced
equipment through the ‘Advanced Color Temperature’ menu. We don’t recommend you set any values in
here unless you have a colorimeter. The best settings do vary on a unit by unit
basis due to panel variance. ‘Live Color’ should be left disabled. This oversaturates the content, which is fine
if you want to produce an image with more pop but ‘Off’ is more accurate. In the ‘Clarity’ menu is an option for
sharpness. The default value of 50 results in no added
sharpness or softening. You can increase this slightly if you prefer
a sharper image when watching low quality content, but this does introduce artifacts. We will leave it to the most accurate value
of 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 applies
the reverse of the downscaling used in Sony’s mastered in 4k blu-rays. This may result in a slightly more accurate
image when watching Sony’s 1080p Blu-rays that were mastered in 4k,but should be disabled
for everything else. The two noise reduction features can be enabled
if you find too much noise in low quality content such as cable TV. Random is for analog noise, which is rarely
present ow. Digital is for block noise artifacts that
most recent compression algorithms have. If you are watching high quality content then
leave these options disabled for the most accurate image without any softening. Smooth gradation is to correct color banding
issues. These issues are usually most visible in skies
or other areas with a slight gradient. It works well, so although it can apply some
softening you should be fine to leave it enabled. Now on to the motion menu. This is a complex subject, so you can watch
our 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 interpolation
or soap opera effect, but will display 24Hz content at the correct cadence. If you want the soap opera effect then set
it to ‘Smooth’. For gaming the ‘Smoothness’ slider is
disabled, but you can increase the ‘Clearness’ slider which adds screen flicker to clear
up fast paced motion. Not everyone likes this flicker though. Under the ‘Video Options’ menu set everything
to ‘Auto’. These settings are mostly useful if there
is an error in the incoming signal such as missing metadata, and allow you to force the
TV to treat it in specific ways. In summary, for most content in SDR including
movies and sports use the ‘Custom’ picture mode. For gaming, use the ‘Game’ picture mode
for lowest input lag. For PC use, the ‘Graphics’ picture mode
is 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 either
the ‘Custom’ or ‘Cinema Home’ picture mode. The ‘Custom’ picture mode is more accurate
for most scenes, but will result in loss of details in highlights. ‘Cinema Home’ is better for preserving
highlight details. So that’s it. You can find the screenshots of all the settings
we recommend on our website via the link below. If you like this video, subscribe to our channel,
or become a contributor. Thank you for watching and see you next time.

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  1. Sad that HDMI 2.1 may still be a year away. They should have finalized the specs 3 years ago as it was already obsolete when they ratified it. HDMI 2.2 will be needed by CES 2019 for the new 8K TVs unless you don't mind compression or 30FPS.

  2. Love my Sony 900F. Have only had OLEDs in the past (LG) and this is my first Sony TV. Read up on the newest firmware update that includes IMAX Enhanced (whatever that is) and finally fixes the problem with the TVs Vudu app streaming 4K programming without crashing. Love the "settings" video and links!

  3. Can somebody tell me how to access folders that are on a external HDD in the normal file order that are on the HDD .they are all crazy sizes etc etc

  4. Thank you for this awesome video! This is my first high-end TV ever.
    So everything is super new to me.
    And this video made a ton of a sense for me.
    I tested it with your settings on the video and watched Spider-Man Home Coming on Digital 4K on Vudu and It looked Incredible.
    Before I had it on Vivid mode and I decided to test your settings for the custom option and I was wowed.
    The only thing I changed was setting the motion and reality settings to where I preferred. The smoothness of 3. Clearness at 1. I then turned Reality creation to custom and set It all the way too 100.
    Cheers to Daniel 🙂 and the team that helped make this video Rtings.com 🙂
    You earned a new Sub! 🙂

  5. hey Daniel should I get that TV calibrated when I buy it the Sony 900f and if you say yes please tell me why and if you tell me know please tell me why cuz I don't know this you do thank you

  6. Hello! Firstly, congratulations for so useful information! Secondly I'd like to ask you about xf9005 or x900f motion in comparison with the x900e xe9005 motion when you play videogames. I can notice in my xe9005 set more amount of blur when i play with my ps4 pro at 30 fps (stuttering too) or at 60 fps games than in other tvs even they taking more slow response times (for example, some Led tvs LG). Is the blur substantially improved in the case of the xf9005 set in comparison with the xe9005 in game mode at 30fps and 60fps or It is basically the same experience? I am thinking of replacing my xe9005 set for a new xf9005 set. Is the xf9005 set the tv with less amount of blur in the market for ps4 pro nowadays? Is it worth the improvement? I'd be very happy if you let me to know your opinion about that questions. Thank you so much.

  7. I use a ps4 pro for gaming and watching blue ray. Can i watch movies only with Game mode, without change every time to cinema pro or something else ?

  8. Im watch Netflix in dolby vision and its painfully dark… i have no lights on and brightness is on MAX … still dark as hell…

  9. I'm so confused! I use cinema pro settings when watching a movie but when I put A4K UHD movie in it automatically changes a bunch of the settings like brightness to Max and other things should I use those or should I use the other ones? I wish you would show all the numbers on all the settings you use like for game with and without UHD 4K and for movies with and without UHD 4K.. I want to see all the settings you recommend for every setting for with and without 4k uhd. And why don't you talk about what happens when you do change from 1080p to 4k.. I had no idea that would happen and would also like to know why..And you also say 9 brightness is good for normal viewing and it is but Also say cinema pro is very accurate.. that is 40 brightness.. that's a huge difference! Wtf! Which is it! Why can't movie mode be perfect for movies and game mode be perfect for games!? Its less stressful to watch my old tv!

  10. What's crazy is the x900f has the best color accuracy out of almost any tv and yet people want to say the q6fn or q8fn is accurate how can that be possible when it actually gets the unwanted yellows and reds like to the point where it over saturates skin tone and you cant get a natural skin tone color here sony you can get the color accuracy that everything is actually done by so tv companies need to realize to not go in the direction where you only get tons of color with no natural look to it because then color accuracy will go out the window just because something is super colorful doesnt mean its accurate if anything you need to calibrate it ml or to get it accurate you can still have a ton of color and be accurate when your not accurate is when you see someone with a tan and it looks just red or when someone is pale white and all you see is yellow like there is a liver issue lol just saying man I hope companies dont start messing that up because when zi see skin tone that bad zi dont like the tv because nobody looks right

  11. Using these settings on custom, anytime I pop in a 4k disc with HDR its absolutely too dim. Regular blu-rays play beautifully but any HDR 4k disc is just awful. I'm not sure if its this TV or something else I'm doing wrong.

  12. Sony xbr65x900f I am getting vignetting – grayed corners – anyone experience this? I had one replaced and the new one is doing the same. The sony xbr65x900e its replacing never had vignetting – all grayed corners – what gives?

  13. Local dimming is a crap with this TV – r u blind or what?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5femkEtf5aI
    Check how this upper black is lighted with local dimming when the lamp is at the edge of the move size.

  14. Just got this TV. I am using roku ultra and primarily watch 1080p or lower content. Roku ultra is a 4k player. Should I keep roku to 4k setting and watch it on x900f or should I change its output to 1080p and let x900f do upscaling? Also, pretty much all of the apps I watch on roku are available on x900f I wonder if it would give me better picture then watching via roku.

  15. I tried these settings, which might appeal to some viewers, I found them deficient for most viewing. That is just my opinion.

  16. Why does it look like everyone has orange skin or really tanned. Anyone else having this problem or is this what people think looks great?

  17. So what is the cinemotion then? Which is best for movies and games? Since I use an AVR to connect all my devices, it looks as though I'll forever be adjusting and readjusting the settings through one HDMI setup.

    And does XDR have to be on with HDR, or should it be on for that matter? There's so many options on these TV's that it's very confusing. At least the Hisense H65M7000 which I have (and plan on replacing with the Sony XF90 due to a fault) had less options, which of course can be limiting, but more straightforward. And after applying the recommended settings from AVForums generally looks very good.

  18. When I’m watching blu rays or dvds should i turn off cinemotion and motion flow???? I want the most natural picture settings. Also what about HDR content

  19. sony customer service and quality of the manufacturing is not that good, it is loosing it brand value and service to the customers. i have bought the television form sony out let, but is is faulty telivison they supplied when i try to contact them this is what their response. they even do not give proper training to the customer care people.
    Thank you for contacting sony support
    In regards to your TV (KD-55XF9005) please be noticed that your TV doesn't have a 5 years warranty as the TV is a refurbished model also from our end we can not provide any refunds or exchange and we are sorry for the inconvenience.
    so if you want we can send you the contact number for the nearest repair center from your house.
    Should you have further queries, please do not hesitate to reply to this email.
    Yours sincerely,
    Engy

  20. I am curious does anyone else have issue with android/ google home on this TV. I find just about every third day I have to go in and clear the Netflix cache in order to make this app work again. As for Google assistant. It seems like there is a power issue. I can ask it to turn on the TV and it fails most time doing so. Sometimes it does work…like two minutes later. If I turn on my power to TV with the remote, I can use google assistant to turn it off and and back on. I looked for power settings like deep sleep etc and found nothing that should hamper it. I like the TV but it really has been the worst smart TV I have owned. The TV is hard wired.

  21. Does anyone else find that for gaming if you have the HDR mode under the video options tab selected on anything else apart from HDR10 then the colour is just too washed out? I find HDR10 to be way too strong with contrast and colour however everything else just looks bland, would be interested to know what everyone else is using for their PS4 PRO

  22. I AM FROM INDIA AND I AM HAVING SONY 43X8200E 2017 YEAR MODEL COULD YOU EXPLAIN THE CALIBRATION SETTINGS LIKE STANDARD PARTICULARY ETC…

  23. Hi Daniel,

    In the main settings menu under the "LED ILLUMINATION", what's the correct setting here. I'm confused between this setting and the "light sensor on-off" setting in the picture adjustment menu.

  24. Great work Daniel, thanks for this video, awesome work, after reading and watching your review bought the Sony x900f. Regards from Perth AU

  25. My Picture settings:
    Picture Mode: Standard
    Auto Picture Mode: Off
    Brightness:13
    Color:52
    Light sensor: off
    Adv Contrast enhancer: low
    Auto local dimming: off
    x-tended dynamic range: off
    Sharpness: 50
    Reality creation: Manual
    Resolution:Max
    Random noise reduction:off
    Digital noise reduction:off
    smooth gradation:low or off
    color temperature:Neutral
    Live color:low
    Cinemotion:off
    All HDR Setting set to AUTO!
    These setting look great on Xbox one X, especially Hockey! Also I have the Denon 3500H receiver! Not in enhanced mode. Hope people try these settings out and let me know what they think of them!

  26. Hi, thanks for the video. I have a question. For SDR I have Brightness set at 9 with Clearness (X-Motion Clarity) at 1. I was wondering, strictly for SDR content, would it be possible to have Clearness set at 3 for improved motion and de-blurring whilst increasing the Brightness slider to compensate for the darkening of the image? Either on your videos or site, or someone else's, I'm sure they claimed that setting the Brightness at 28 (or thereabouts as I'm going purely off memory on that figure) would accurately offset the darkening of the image when setting Clearness to 3, strictly for SDR content of course. Is this true. Please can you confirm or disconfirm this theory? Much obliged!

  27. Great video as usual mate.. question though, how come on the website you say to to put brightness to (1) but on this you say 9?

  28. Everybody else says that cinema pro and cinema home are the best and most accurate picture modes, not custom.

  29. Ahhh, Sherbrooke metro station 🙂 Used to live not far from there… Thanks for the guide… plan on getting this tv soon 🙂

  30. Bought this tv a few day's ago . Must say it's not too bad , or so I thought. Ran this thing through some tests. Finally got it to look above average for simple dvd's . But can any one here please tell me what settings are best for regular blu-ray. tested Bladeruuner at night in a dark room and whent through every setting this tv has and it can't hold a candle to that movie. Some blooming and very bad noise around the characters faces. Only thing this tv does great is with Akira anime on blu- ray sett to animation. But if any one knows best settings for movie blu-ray I'm all ears….

  31. I need help with this TV, i upgraded from the X900E to the X900F and now i get no sound through my receiver and the only thing i changed is the TV itself, all settings were made the same. It loses sound when i go to the HDMI signal format and change it to "enhanced format", then i only get sound from some sources..all sources are connected to the receiver and then a single HDMI cable to the TV using HDMI 2 as this is the 4k input. Sony have told me if i do not have this set to "enhanced format" i am not seeing the picture in 4K, so at the moment if i want to watch a movie on my 4K player i have to go to setting and change this and then change it back when i finish. I cant see what has changed between TV models.. Any help from anyone..

  32. This video just answered a question I had been working on for hours. Why won't my X900F let my new Apple TV 4K display full 4:4:4 chroma or 4K resolution? I thought it was faulty HDMI cables or a setting on my home theater receiver. It turns out that Sony has "enhanced" HDMI Control (allowing HDMI devices that use 4K and high Chroma) turned OFF by default! Thank you for the great overview.

  33. This settings suck when watching different content.
    – Digital tv up to 1080i
    – Netflix
    – Kodi up to 1080p
    – Amazon.

    how the hell am i suppose to get one settings to rule them all?

  34. Could someone help me? I have a problem with this device. If I play with my PS4 Pro, while playing I have hard downgrades on frames despite gaming mode.

  35. Is it possible to dissable hdr & dolby vision in general? Really not a fan of it, at least on this tv. SDR is WAY better.

  36. Great technical achievement by the show, but the conclusions are POOR. I ordered this TV based on RTING's recommendations. I even followed the RTINGS calibration settings. Turns out that this panel tech and its X1 processor is vastly inferior to good old Panasonic Plasma (still have one) and the two other Sony Bravias I bought, still working. The only two modes that appear to improve the image are VIVID and SPORTS, but then you have this enormous blue light flashlight in your face. Attempting Custom (with 6-9 Brightness), and various other changes, only to see a washed out image. ONLY COMMERCIALS FILMED IN HDR LOOK AMAZING. Not Netflix, not TV shows and recordings, only Commercials.

    In Vivid and Sports, the Dynamic and software enhancements play tricks, going from washed out to HDR quality, relative to image. On Custom and Cinema Pro, it is all dulled out. Expert 1 and Expert 2 look like watching images through he hazy, warm residue of a sandstorm (which I experienced first hand), or smog. It definitely is a regression from the smaller superior Bravias. And many light years behind the Plasmas (5-6 years later!!!). What I do not understand, is WHY would RTINGS recommend garbage. Editorial integrity and customer votes are the ONLY THING that forces these big makers into competing for innovations.

    X1 processor.. Really? 30 DEGREES IS THE BEST IMAGE VIEWING ANGLE! WASHED OUT SMOG past 30 degree cone! To say that image degrades from the side, is a sweetened hyperbole…It is a disaster from 35 degrees onward. One chair in front. That is it..

    RTINGS should have said that, for those appreciating a good color representation, in most settings, should AVOID this technology. Let us call it what it is: ,mediocre rendition of the color spectrum and of blacks.

    iPad, monitor and Macbook/LED Tech is absolutely superior. Magnify this on abig screen, and it is washed out mediocrity.

    if this is in the top 2 or 3, this industry is condemned to failure. Well, wait a minute, LCDs are condemned to failure.

  37. Please, someone tell me how is contrast set at 90 correct? I am using this TV as a PC monitor and when i use the contrast test images, contrast as 90 is simply too much, as i'm getting clipping from this value.

  38. Can you please make video with settings of Sony x900f tv with sound bar 5.1 system. Thank you or send me a link if there is one already existing

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