Originally Posted by sjitalian
oh man i love my xbr960 as well but i don't know if i would want to dig in and mess around with the service menu options on the set.i mean if it aint broke don't fix it!i would not want to risk this little jewel(well not little)for the sake of video games or any external device.not trying to be critical or anything as i am a tinkerer as well.i wouldn't want a bypass operation if there was nothing wrong with my heart and neither would my xbr. i am sure you are competent enough to do this but since these are classic televisions i figured someone should be the voice of caution for xbrdom.good luck in this project if you proceed.
Not to fear going into the service menu options if proper precautions are taken. My technical expertise goes as far as changing a light bulb but I was able to refine the settings and it did make a big difference from those done by technicians. Just follow a few simple steps.
First, write down the setting as done in the factory. This is essential so you can always return to what you originally had in case your'e not satisfied with the changes.
Then have the set tuned to video seven for HDMI for use of a HD source. Use of 1080i test patterns would be preferable - if you don't have a bluray start up disc, at least the standard pattern can be DVR'd from one of the HBO stations when off the air. Otherwise, use a good broadcast and keep the picture frozen for consistency.
Refer to the various spreadsheets compiled by owners in the sony service code link. Usually, the owners list both the suggested setting by Sony along with what they've found best for themselves. You can go by what Sony suggests, try what the owner found preferable or go somewhere down the middle. Write down every changed setting as it's done.
Although these adjustments work in uniform with each other, you don't have to work on those you don't understand. You will note that most users are in agreement with the changes for the color palettes as opposed to what Sony suggests. If nothing more, change those and leave the rest alone.
NOTE: Do not attempt at geometry unless you have a swatch pattern. Use of the standard test pattern or simple broadcast is not effective for this.
Good luck and don't be surprised if you gain more confidence after working through the menu a few times. Just be sure your original settings are written down clearly.
Hope this helps.