Originally Posted by KevLev17
I noticed on one of your posts about your Sony 940D that you watch a lot of hockey. That's one of the big reasons we upgraded our TV for I'm a HUGE Rangers fan. Can I ask you to reply with suggested settings such as motion flow and things like that for the best possible picture when watching these guys play on the ice?
Any info would be appreciated, thanks.
KevLev, I just read through all your posts with davej948. I think he's got you covered, but here's a few more comments.
HDMI enhanced v standard. The standard setting is primarily for older devices. A lot of older devices don't work so well with the HDMI handshake in enhanced mode. Some non 4k devices work fine with enhanced mode, and if they do that is the setting I'd recommend. I say that because prior to getting my UHD BRD player I had my old Oppo 93 player connected. In standard mode I noticed a lot of grainy noise in very bright objects. I tried switching to enhanced and it got rid of most of that noise and looked much better. The only devices that require enhanced mode are 4k HDR sources, but if enhanced doesn't cause any problems with a non 4k HDR device then I would just use enhanced. In your situation it sounds like your cable box doesn't handle enhanced well so you should stick with standard.
To ARC or not to ARC: I've never needed to use ARC before getting this set so I'm not an ARC expert, but I've learned a lot about it and I got it working in my set up.
It seems what causes the most issues with ARC set ups are cable/sat boxes. For some reason they don't like HDMI control and the result is they they wreak havoc on the ARC. This can be remedied though. In your cable box settings there may be an option to turn HDMI control (HDMI CEC) on/off. If your box has such a setting, turn it OFF. That should fix your ARC problems. I struggled with ARC on my old DirecTv DVR, it did not have that option. I recently upgraded to their new 4k DVR and receivers and discovered they had added that option. It did the trick and I haven't experienced any problems with ARC since.
There is another solution if your cable box doesn't have an on/off setting for HDMI Control/CEC. Google "HDMI CEC Less Adapter". It's a little adapter that strips out or blocks HDMI Control info. Several on here use those. I think they're $10-$15.
If none of that helps, or you don't want to go through the hassle you can just use an optical cable instead. The ARC on the Sony only supports Lossy DD 5.1/DTS, same as the optical. So you wouldn't lose anything by using an optical cable instead of ARC. You'll need to check the settings to get the best sound over optical. I'm not sure what they are.
Picture Quality and Settings: As said by davej948 in his responses and many others in this forum, source quality has a huge impact. Cable PQ can vary greatly from channel to channel. This is because some channels get compressed more than others. Typically premium movie channels look the best.
I highly recommend different picture modes for sports and normal programming. AustinJerry has calibration equipment and has done us all a great service by posting a link to his settings in his signature. His settings work well for movies and normal programming.
I use a different settings for sports. One of the great things about this set is the configurability. I use the standard picture mode with tweaked settings for sports. The softness and graininess you describe sounds like its related to video compression so it may be difficult to improve, but there are some things you can try.
Within the picture settings go to the clarity page. To start set both noise reduction settings to off. Next set reality creation to manual. Then use slider. The purpose of reality creation is to bring out more detail in lower quality sources. Sliding it to the right will "add" detail, but you need to be careful because it will also add noise. Once you have a good trade off between detail and noise, then you can go to the noise reduction settings because these will soften the image if you set it too high. Start with digital noise reduction. See how Low and medium look. Low will be noisier but not near as soft as medium. You can try auto but I've found it softens the picture too much.
I would avoid the other NR setting, especially with hockey. I think it's called random? Play around with it and I'm sure you'll quickly see what I mean.
Motion Flow may also provide some benefit so you can try messing with that as well.
4k TV providers: I could be wrong AFAIK
DirecTv and Did Network are the only pay TV providers that currently offer 4k programming. You can check with your provider, but if they do offer 4k, your current box would not support it.
As stated above I just upgraded to DirecTV's 4k equipment. They only have three 4k channels, but one is PPV and the other is for live events so really only one channel. Overall I've been very surprised with the new equipment. The UI is much faster than my old equipment, which is nice. Picture quality on all normal HD channels seems to be noticably improved, though it still does vary from channel to channel. When I got these 4k TV with my old DTV equipment, the best HD channels looked more like really good DVD and it went downhill from there. With the new equipment, on most channels HD looks like HD again. It was certainly a worthwhile upgrade.
I hope some of this helps.
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