I bought my KDSR60XBR1 about a month ago. The excellent picture on this TV still amazes me. I spent a lot of time tweaking the settings on my DVD input to get a more accurate picture, so I thought I would share them with the users in this forum. I did not change the settings on my HDTV Cable Box(motorola 3412) input yet(besides changing the mode from vivid to pro) as the picture looks so nice, I might just leave it alone.
My DVD player is a Denon DVR-2910, I set the HDMI/DVI Black Level to Enhanced(0 IRE Black Level), instead of normal(7.5 IRE) if you use similar settings to these the picture will look bright and washed out, with no blacks, if you use the Normal setting. Picture and brigtness should be turned down 7-11 notches in that case.
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If you use settings that effect the black levels and white levels, such as advanced iris, iris, black corrector, gamma corrector, you should set these before using the avia, or video essentials disk, as these will effect your picture and brightness settings.
To adjust the white balance do not use the avia disk as the red level is off on these patterns, use the video essentials grey window patterns.
To adjust gain use a white or near white pattern(near white is better as the closer you get to white the less error you will have in color, so it will be harder to see).
To adjust bias use a dark grey pattern.
Adjust to get the pattern as near white, and as near dark grey as you can. all the window patterns should now be shades of gray. This is about the best you can do without a color analyzer. Be careful with the green bias as it is easy to get brownish and ruddy flesh tones(too much green turns red to orange, and then to yellow, too little green turns red to magenta).
If the grey patterns are magenta, add green, if yellow add blue, if cyan add red, if blue subtract blue, if green subtract green, if red subtract red.
These are the setting I got:
The colors now look very accurate to my eyes, with very black blacks, and bright whites, and very accurate flesh tones. The shadows seem to be the colors they are supposed to be, with no bias towards any particular color. Hope someone finds this information helpful. I have done a lot of tweaking with my prior TV, a Pioneer Elite Pro HD-710, and the Sony is much easier to change white balance with believe me, almost to easy.