Originally Posted by MoonRabbit79
Hi, here are my calibration settings and results for my 46HX729 on a first run.Calibration probe : X-rite i1 display LT (latest drivers)
Calibration software : Color HCFR v.2.1
Calibration patterns : AVS AVCHD itu.709 calibration disc v.1.3b patched (1080/24p)
Source player : PS3 (SuperWhite = On, output blu-rays @ 24p) - latest firmware--Scene Select menu--
General--Picture Adjustments menu--
Setting Memory: Current input (common, if you want them for everything)
Picture Mode: Personnal
Backlight: 1 (personnal taste, it gives about 30 ftl.)
Picture: 98 (same if HDMI RGB dynamic range for the input is set to Full instead of Auto which does mapping/compression from color level 16 to color level 0 for film/tv sources - see Pro settings section)
Brightness: 50 (26 if HDMI RGB dynamic range for the input is set to Full instead of Auto which does mapping/compression from color level 16 to color level 0 for film/tv sources - see Pro settings section)
Color Temperature: Warm 2 (gives greyscale color coordinates/temperature = D65/6500K with calibrated White balance (see Advanced settings section))
Sharpness: 38 (gives no edge and no pixel resolution artificial enhancements)
Noise Reduction: Low (personnal taste)
MPEG Noise Reduction: Low (personnal taste)
Dot noise reduction: Auto (personnal taste)
Reality Creation: Off (On gives edge and pixel resolution artificial enhancements = errors)
Smooth Gradation: Low (personnal taste)
Motionflow: Standard (personnal taste)NOTES :
Smooth = all additional frames are interpolated (216 frames for 24p sources) - it can give a lot of artifacts around moving objects = errors.
Standard = 50% additionnal frames are interpolated (108 frames for 24p sources) + 50% additionnal frames are repeated from original frames - it can give some artifacts around moving objects = errors.
Clear = all additionnal frames are repeated from original frames + x% (?) additional frames has black pixel blocks insertions on fast moving objects - it can give some artifacts around moving objects = errors.
Clear Plus = 50% additionnal frames are repeated from original frames + 50% additional frames are black frames insertion, no artifacts.
Off = all additionnal frames are repeated from original frames, no artifacts.
CineMotion: Auto 1 (personnal taste)NOTES :
CineMotion applies to film sources only and works in conjonction with Motionflow and does inverse telecine and deinterlacing.
Auto 1 : permits Motionflow to do frame interpolation on film sources and does deinterlacing if needed, no impact on non film sources. If Motionflow is set to off, some frames/pixel blocks can be interpolated, but it generally does 10:10 pulldown on 24p sources.
Auto 2 : no frame interpolation on film sources, does 10:10 pulldown on 24p sources and deinterlacing if needed, no impact on non film sources. Motionflow set to Smooth or Standard is automatically disabled.
Off : no frame interpolation on film sources, does 12:8 pulldown on 24p sources and deinterlacing if needed, no impact on non film sources. Motionflow set to Smooth or Standard is automatically disabled-Advanced Settings submenu-
Black Corrector: Off (On crushes greyscale gamma below 40 IRE = errors, set to Low to reduce banding/clouding
Adv. Contrast Enhancer: Off (On crushes/blooms greyscale gamma = errors)
Gamma: -1 (gives average greyscale gamma = 2,26)
LED Dynamic Control: Standard (personnal taste, real black (no light)/full white is blacker/brighter because LED guided lines and rows can be modulated, On reduces banding/clouding
Auto Light Limiter: Off (personnal taste)
Clear White: Off (On blooms gamma from 80 to 100 IRE)
Live Color: Off (On gives color decoder errors)
White Balance: (Gain : R:-2/G:-5/B:0 - Bias : R:0/G:0/B:0 - gives average greyscale color coordinates/temperature = D65/6500K)
Detail Enhancer: Off (On introduces pixel resolution artificial enhancement = errors)
Edge Enhancer: Off (On introduces edge artificial enhancement = errors)
Skin Naturalizer: Off [grayed out]
i/p Conversion Preference: Quality [grayed out]--Picture & Display--
Ambient Sensor: Off (personnal taste, On changes Backlight, Brightness and Color settings according to ambient light = maybe erros - turn On to reduce banding/clouding
Setting Memory: [any]
Wide Mode: Full (personnal taste)
Auto Wide: Off (personnal taste)
4:3 Default: Off [grayed out]
Auto Display Area: Off (personnal taste)
Display Area: Full Pixel (optimal)
Screen Position: [grayed out]
Vertical Size: 0 [grayed out]--Pro Picture Setup menu--
HDMI RGB dynamic range : Auto is correct, but you can set it to Full to avoid mapping/compression of greyscale for film/tv sources.NOTES :
Full = computer/games range color levels from 0 to 255 (for example, when Brightness = 50, black in a film/tv source will appear grey because black level is at 16 in the source -> Brightness must be decreased to 26 to achieve proper black level on film/tv sources). Brightness must be re-calibrated (=?) if the source is in the computer/games range color levels 0-255. Same reasoning applies to Contrast settings.
Limited = film/tv range color levels from 16 to 235 (for example, when Brightness = 50, black in a film/tv source will appear black because the TV does a mapping/compression from the source black level (16) to the TV black level (0) (because the TV is a computer screen able to produce color levels from 0 to 255) -> Brightness must be set to 50 to achieve proper black level on film/TV sources). For computer/games sources, the greyscale gamma will be crushed because color levels below 16 do not exist anymore and are set to 16 which is mapped to 0 by the TV. Brightness must be re-calibrated (=?) if the source is in the computer/games range color levels 0-255, but there will be clipping for color levels below 16. Same reasoning applies to Contrast settings.
Auto : Limited for film/tv sources/Full for computer/games sources and adjust Brightness (how?) automatically from set calibrated value. Limited source = greyscale mapping/compression 16 to 0 - Full source = original.
SBM: On (personnal taste, can't tell the difference)--Eco menu--
Power Saving: Off (personnal taste, set to Low to reduce banding/clouding
, if set to On it smooths the image a bit (why?))VERDICT
Good TV, but too pricey (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price - MSRP = 2000$) for the performance and quality levels, especially screen uniformity. Sony should increase the screen quality in exchange for less gadgets (Wi-Fi, Netflix, Internet, Widgets, dynamic edge-lit LED and the likes). Next time, I will definitively buy a Plasma because I'm fed up with LCD screen uniformity problems and dead/stuck pixels. I only bought this LCD because I like interpolated frames, but I can't enjoy it because Smooth setting introduces horrible artifacts. Also, this is the last time I'm buying a Sony TV...they have not the same quality reputation as before (Trinitron/Wega/XBR CRT ages).
- superb natural colors
- accurate and uniform greyscale gamma (average gamma = 2.26 - Delta E94 ranges from 0.3 to 1.8)
- accurate and uniform greyscale color temperature (color temperature from 6472K to 6704K)
- superp shadow details
- high contrast ratio (on/off = 5 542 322:1 - ANSI = 2400:1)
- Motionflow can eliminate sources judders/strobbing
- a lot of gadgets and connectivity options
- extensive menus
- colors could be more accurate with a Color Management System (CMS) (Delta E94 ranges from 0.7 to 4.3)
- dynamic edge-lit LED gives mixed results and makes black level vary depending on the scene composition and average picture level (APL)
- screen uniformity is very poor
- screen suffers from heavy banding (horizontal and vertical)
- screen suffers from clouding
- Motionflow can introduce a lot of artifacts