3-11 that is out of 50 i believe. It is a darker screen for sure. I did try it and ended up boosting it back to 40 i believe. I mean why worry so much about max nits if your to deem the hell out of it? Maybe it is an acquired taste i need to develope.I don’t know what myth we’re trying to bust, but a calibration will get you closer to the reference standard if done properly. If you care about such things, then it’s a win.
However, what you prefer for your own viewing pleasure is entirely up to you. Many people who are used to overly cool color temps, overly bright displays, or high color saturation will find the calibrated result a bit muted at first.
If the question is whether the TV is accurate enough to reference without a calibration, I would say yes if you don’t have a reference to compare with, or you’re not used to looking at reference material. Sony has done an excellent job out of the box with Custom/Expert 1 default settings. Just lower the backlight to between 3-11 posted in the first post and enjoy.