Originally Posted by mrantovelez
Anyone know help me set the W650 Sony Bravia 42 "to play and whether another setting for watching movies or TV?
I'm a little lost lol thanks for helping!
Here's a little friendly advice about calibrating your Sony HDTV for those new to the game:
1) There are three general default modes for picture settings: Standard, Custom, and Vivid. I suspect most users just select one of these (probably the retina-burning Vivid--also referred to as "torch mode"--which is basically designed to make the colors stand out under the typical retail store's florescent lighting) and leave it at that. However, despite the nomenclature, each of these settings can be customized to your liking. Unless you are a technophobe or just don't want to be bothered, I would encourage anyone to experiment with all of these settings to see what gives you the optimal result. These picture mode settings can be applied universally or only for specific inputs. And remember, if you decide you want to undo any changes you've made, it's as simple as selecting the "reset" button under "Picture Mode" in the Picture Adjustments menu to restore the factory defaults. (NOTE: According the the iManual, it appears that the W650a has 11 other picture modes besides the basic three; since I do not own this set I am unable to verify.)
2) In addition to the general picture settings, there are almost a dozen "scene" settings designed for specific types of video content (e.g., sports, photos, movies, games, etc.). You will find some very basic explanations and guidance in your Bravia iManual under "Selecting picture mode"
and "Adjusting various picture settings"
as well as "Selecting a picture and sound setting suitable for the content."
3) Virtually all picture calibration settings are entirely subjective. If it looks good to your eyes and it's your set, then that's probably the best setting for you. However, that's assuming that you've made an informed choice after researching various recommended settings, trying out the manufacturer's defaults, and, most important of all IMHO, verifying your settings with a good calibration disk. I have seen some highly recommended calibrations that actually wind up crushing detail when I have checked them out on calibration test slides. I personally like the Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark and Calibration Blu-Ray Disc
, but it can get rather technical. Another one a lot of people seem to like (I have not tried it myself) is the Disney Wow: World of Wonder
, which is probably a little more accessible for the novice.
4) In addition to the subjective nature of these settings, what works best for you will depend in part on the level and source of ambient lighting in your viewing environment (which may vary depending on the time of day or other factors). Also, not all panels are identical and there may be small variations in the results obtained on different sets of the same model. So it's not such a good idea to copy someone else's settings carte blanche; rather, you should use any recommendations as a base point and then experiment, compare and tweak as needed.
5) Finally, it's not rocket science, folks. Find the best way to enjoy your set and have fun.