Originally Posted by JOBRLA
Good morning all,
I just purchased a new KDL-52XBR4 LCD TV. The factory settings are real bad. Iv'e been tring to find any documentation or calibration DVD to adjust theses settings but to no avail. I currently just have DIRECT tv w/HD. My DVD player is not blue ray or HD. Is there ant basic settings ou there someone could share to get me close or a DVD I could purchase?? ANY assistance would be VERY MUCH appreciated,
I'm assuming that's a Sony(pre-HD all their models# prefixed with KVL). What I'm giving you are "lifeboat" settings to prevent overtaxing your set and your eyes(!) until you get a test DVD. Nobody on here will share their exact settings because even if your XBR4 came off the assembly line right after their's, their calibration settings will likely not produce the same results on yours:
First, turn the set on and tune in to - did I just say "tune in"??? - to uhhh, C-Span or perhaps the HD carrier of ESPN or something like that. Do NOT tune in a big network affiliate(CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC) - those affiliates wouldn't know a color standard if it bit them in the 6 o'clock position - catch me?
Hop into your user menu and turn off all the sweeteners: "Dynamic contrast", "Auto-brightness", "Digital Noise reduction"(IT'S DIGITAL, HOW CAN THERE BE ANY VISIBLE NOISE??) They are all marketing tools and lend ZILCH to a believable picture.
Next, swing on over to the section on Color Temperature. Set that to either "Warm1" or "Warm2" or "Low" or "Low2". That's as close as you'll get out of the box to the "6500" standard you'll see referenced on AVS forum a lot.
Now, lower the backlight setting(if it's in the menu) to the middle(It's probably maxxed at the factory).
Next, lower Contrast to the midpoint, and lower Color and Sharpness all the way. Leave Tint centered for now - you can pickup a copy of Digital Video Essentials or GetGray and do that more accurately at that point.
Raise the Brightness control above the midpoint somewhat, until shadow detail becomes apparent. If the screen starts to washout, lower it slightly below the point of that washout or "fog". That's right! You guessed it - "Brightness" actually controls the darker 50 percent of your image.
Next: If you're still tuned to C-Span and they have a caption explaining what's showing, raise the sharpness control until something starts happening to that text. It's okay to go nose to nose with the TV if you can't see this change from your seat. You may see thickening of the edges of black on white text or white on black text. Back off a hair from when you see this change occurring. Sharpness is now set with reasonable accuracy, at least until you get a test DVD.
*Just a note - you'll get a lot of people on here that simply say turn sharpness all the way down. That is NOT always the case and is a simplistic way of dealing with sharpness.*
Finally, I did not forget the Color - turn that up until the scene looks like it would if you actually were there. In C-Span's case, this might be either in the Senate or House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol with a bunch of suits sitting in a large semi-circle, and one at the microphone. Think about how that person would look if you were right in front of them. Set color accordingly until you pop in a test DVD.