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why such high contrast settings on my new Sony kdl65w850a

Thanks in advance. I just bought the above model Sony. This is my first attempt at calibration and bought the Disney calibration blu ray. Right now my "picture" setting is at 96. Everything I've been reading says the contrast should be lower. Any advice?

Current settings
general scene select
standard picture mode
back light 7
picture 96
brightness 53
color 65
hue 0
warm1
sharpness 39
noise reduction off
reality creation auto
video area detection off
smooth gradation off
motion flow off
cinemotion auto
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Contrast setting on the user side is simply a subset of the overall contrast the TV is capable of.

The overall range could be 0-300 ... and the user side is capped at 100 on the same scale. Suddenly 100/300 is hardly high at all.

Set it correctly and don't worry about the exact number. It is not relevant to the health of the TV.

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As noted by Michael, my Sony is limited in the amount of contrast that they allow users to adjust. While I have seen other brands that have enough contrast range to completely mess up the picture, the default maximum picture setting on my TV is somewhat conservative. Personally I don't consider a picture setting in the 90s unusual for Sony.

I am somewhat curious about seeing a 65 color setting on a Sony. Usually whenever I see a color setting on a Sony from measurements it's a lot closer to 50, but I have not seen measurement results from that model. If you're turning up color based on using a color filter, I'd suggest the TV might actually be more accurate at the default color setting.

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Thank you both for the informative responses. I based those simple settings off of the calibration disc. My picture looks much better. I've decided to just pay for a professional to calibrate the tv. In the mean time I will continue to tweak the settings. Again, thank you both.
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Be careful as to how far you tweak the settings. If your calibrator knows what he is doing, you should be confident in the results which means no more tweaking. My sony kdl has a picture around the default 90 or so and color I only bumped up to 51. Since you are using standard picture mode, it may be more incorrect and require more drastic changes. On Sonys (or any other brand), Cinema/Movie is usually the best mode to calibrate with.

But I would let your calibrator take care of it.
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